Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation

Photos by Mike McDaniel

From the wikipedia page:

The Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation is in Burbank, California. The shrine is a 75-foot-tall structure of marble, mosaic and sculpted figures, and is the burial site for 13 pioneers of aviation. It was built in 1924 as the entrance to Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. It was dedicated in 1953 by aviation enthusiasts who wanted a final resting place for pilots, mechanics and other pioneers of flight.

Dedicated to the honored dead of American aviation on the 50th anniversary of powered flight, December 17, 1953, by Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker USAF (retired). Beneath the memorial tablets in this sacred portal rest the cremated remains of famous flyers who contributed so much to the history and development of aviation. The bronze plaques upon the marble walls memorialize beloved Americans who devoted their lives to the advancement of the air age. Administered under The auspices of the Brookins-Lahm-Wright Aeronautical Foundation, this shrine stands as a lasting tribute. Trustees, Valhalla Memorial Park.

On May 27, 1996, it was rededicated by Dr. Tom Crouch, Chairman of the Aeronautics Department at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

A small aviation museum can be found within the portal. Open on the first Sunday of the month, 1 to 3 PM.

The address is Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606

Mike McDaniel's Photos

1940 Valhalla Crash (front)

1940 Valhalla Crash (back)

1940 Valhalla portal, 1950s.

Moody old Portal photo

2008 Burbank Leader article

Burbank Aviation Museum opens, 1996

The portal was hit by a plane in 1969; here is a link about that.

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