Playa Vista sits at the junction where the Los Angeles River meets the ocean. It's soil is so fertile, it attracted the first inhabitants to LA 8,000 years ago. Later, aviation found Playa Vista.
"Just as the film industry was attracted to California early in its development, so aviation enthusiasts were quickly drawn to the sunny days and balmy weather that permitted more time aloft...It was not coincidental that the first national aviation meet was held" nearby.
In the 1940s, Howard Hughes and his Hughes Aircraft Company established their Playa Vista plant, where they built many aircraft throughout the World War II.
Among the greatest features of Playa Vista are the remaining Hughes buildings; they comprise the Hughes Industrial Historic District, including the hangar that held the Spruce Goose.