A few miles due east of where I live is Van Nuys Airport. It’s one of my “happy places”. I took my first flying lessons there. They have airshows there. It’s the subject of one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, “One Six Right“. (Highly, HIGHLY recommended!) Sometimes the best thing of all is that Van Nuys Airport has a wonderful public viewing area where you can go and just watch planes take off and land. I used to do that a lot at lunch time when my office was just a couple of miles away.
These pictures are from December 22, 2006, and it’s obvious that the Santa Ana winds were blowing and something was burning.
If you’re in the San Fernando Valley and you’ve got a couple of hours to kill between sunrise and sunset, go visit. There’s a play area for the kids, benches for the adults, and some picnic tables if you want to bring lunch. It’s a happy place!