The right shot at aviation history
Katherine Yamada's article, "'Suicide Slim' thrilled the crowds," in Friday's Glendale News-Press purports to show the Wilson Bros. aero fleet at the Glendale Airport. That picture has nothing whatever to do with the Glendale Airport. It's L.C. Brand's private airstrip on Grandview Avenue taken April 1, 1921. The Glendale Airport did not exist at that time, although barnstormers were using a strip of ranchland next to the Southern Pacific tracks between the end of Colorado Street and Grandview, which later became part of the Glendale airport.
I have many pictures of the Wilson Bros. operation, which thrived during the 1928-29 period as the leading location for the filming of motion picture aviation potboilers, which were popular at the time. Octave ("Tave") Wilson, the younger partner, was a good friend and mentor. He owned the largest avocado tree I have ever seen. I know because I climbed it many times. His brother, Roy, was killed flying for a Warner Bros. film in 1932.