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Pasadena History: Taking Flight in Pasadena

Locals used to line up along Mountain Road to watch brave parachute jumpers take flight.

Here’s your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham.

In the 1920s and 1930s residents could pay $5 to go on a daring plane ride over Pasadena.

"An airport at this time meant a flying field like the one that existed from 1927 until the late thirties on Charles Pumphrey's farm (now Sunny Village, east of Sun Village Shopping Center) near Lipin's Corner," Cunningham wrote.

"There daring young pilots, who had learned to fly in the service during World War I, rented and graded a field and offered paying customers a brief flight. Flying in light planes required courage, but many people paid five dollars for the right to boast that they had 'gone up' in an airplane.

"Throughout the thirties, many cars parked along Mountain Road to watch the planes and hope to see a parachute jump. If that happened, the crowd contributed to a collection for the brave jumper."

Check back next Wednesday for more Pasadena history. For a complete listing of all Tidbits of History columns, please click here.

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