The airport traces its history back to 1923, when aviation pioneer Eddie Martin founded a flying school and Martin Aviation, one of the nation’s oldest aviation firms.
To celebrate the one-century mark, the John Wayne Airport Arts Program has created an exhibition showcasing the history of flight in Orange County from the airfield’s inception to the present-day airport.
Included are images and information from the 1950s, when the airfield played host to drag racers and souped-up custom cars.
The exhibition will be on view at John Wayne Airport through January 2024, pre-security on the upper Departure Level in the walkway Gallery between Terminals B and C.
(All photos courtesy John Wayne Airport)