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AAF Aeronautical Chart of Southern California, Mojave Desert, 1945

1945/1947 AAF Aeronautical Chart of (Southern California) Mojave Desert

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By:  U.S. Coast & Geodetic (dated) Washington D. C.

Dimensions:  22 x 28 inches (56 x 71 cm)

A WWII era AAF Aeronautical Chart of Southern California, labeled RESTRICTED and for use by the War and Navy department agencies only. The map centers on Lon Angeles and includes San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield and the Mojave Desert to which the chart is named.

After the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, there was significant concern and fear regarding the possibility of a Japanese attack on California. As a result of these concerns, extensive defensive measures were implemented along the West Coast, including the establishment of coastal defense fortifications, air raid drills, blackout regulations, and increased surveillance of Japanese Americans, culminating in their forced relocation and internment in camps. This illustrates the complex airspace security efforts around Southern California's large population centers. 

About Aeronautical Maps

Aeronautical maps (also known as aviation charts or pilot maps), are specialized maps used by pilots for navigation during flight. They are comprised of many data layers that provide detailed information about airspace structure, navigational aids, airports, terrain features, obstructions, and other pertinent data crucial for safe flying. Over time, as populations have grown and technology has improved, these maps have become more complex. Older aviation maps such as this will likely appear very basic to any active pilot today. 

The verso features several keys and indexes as well as a map of the world on the Mercator projection divided by numbers for all other maps issued by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Condition: Map is in B+ condition, issued folded now flat with some toning along a few folds. Colors are vivid and margins are full on all sides.

Inventory #12728

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