Quick question. What do you think of when you look at the picture in front of you? Opulence? Prestige? Mystery? Romance? Adventure?
For over forty years, Hughes Airport in Culver City, CA embodied all of those things, and much more. Thanks in part to its namesake, the small (by modern standards) airport attracted a notoriety that is almost unthinkable to anyone today. But what most people don't realize is that the airport itself came close to joining the ranks of the over 1300 general and civil aviation airports like it that simply disappeared from the face of the Earth, never to be seen again.
Forty years later, Racket Magazine uncovers the truth behind the bizarre, strange and winding history of Hughes and others like it. Elvis Presley's visit to a North Carolina restaurant not a few feet away from a obscure yet controversial airport. Close encounters of the third kind. Conspiracy theories. It sounds like such fiction, but it is all true--or at least, that's what many claim.
Come along with us as we follow a tortured and complex history of small town America--one urban legend at a time.