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Old Posted Dec 30, 2018, 3:56 AM
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"The roots of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the Los Angeles Air Force Station date back to June 1954
at a former church and parish house on East Manchester Blvd. in Inglewood."

Some x-tra history:

Brigadier General Bernard Schriever put the whole operatio into motion when he began the Western Development Division on the site of an old parochial school
and parish church in nearby Inglewood on July 1, 1954. Its purpose: the development of strategic nuclear missiles for the defense effort, specifically the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

401 - 409 E. Manchester Blvd.

The WDD found the revamped church and school [shown above] to be much too small, and moved to buildings on Arbor Vitae Street near LAX in 1955.

Development of military satellites was added to the WDD’s workload in 1955. The division also began developing rockets to launch satellites, redesigning Atlas,
Titan and Thor series missiles with extra stages that could carry satellites into orbit.

You can read the details HERE (it's rather confusing)


Any idea what the theater (rink?) is in the distance

This one

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