Douglas Aircraft Company

Original Douglas Aircraft Company plant on Wilshire Boulevard at 25th Street, 1925. Source: Santa Monica Public Library

Original Douglas Aircraft Company plant on Wilshire Boulevard at 25th Street, 1925. Source: Santa Monica Public Library

In 1921, Donald Douglas incorporated Douglas Aircraft. Engineers at his company included James H. Kindelberger, Jack K. Northrop, and Gerard Vultee, all of whom eventually led major Los Angeles County aircraft companies. In 1922, Douglas Aircraft moved to an abandoned movie studio on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica (present-day Douglas Park). At this time Douglas started using the future site of Clover Field (later the Santa Monica Airport) as a testing ground for production aircraft.