Sky Room, Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank 1943
The Sky Room operated in the Lockheed Terminal from 1940 to 1967 – this menu is dated 1943.
The P38 Lightnings featured on the menu cover were built in the Lockheed Corporation’s massive Burbank factory. The company had relocated to Burbank in 1928, next to the Union Airport which they bought in 1940.
The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft in large-scale production throughout American involvement in the war, from the Attack on Pearl Harbor to Victory over Japan Day.
Along with its use as a general fighter, the P-38 was used in various aerial combat roles, including as a highly effective fighter-bomber, a night fighter, and a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks. The P-38 was also used as a bomber-pathfinder, guiding streams of medium and heavy bombers, or even other P-38s equipped with bombs, to their targets. Used in the aerial reconnaissance role, the P-38 accounted for 90 percent of the aerial film captured over Europe.
The airport, three miles northwest of downtown Burbank, has had many name changes. It has been United Airport (1930-34) Union Air Terminal (1934-40) Lockheed Air Terminal (1940–1967) Hollywood-Burbank airport (1967-1978) Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (1978- 2003) and Bob Hope Airport (after comedian British-American comedian Bob Hope, who died in 2003.) In 2017, it was rebranded Hollywood Burbank Airport.
Courtesy Private Collection.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.