The more you know!
Coffee, Tea or Me? Air flight in the Conejo Valley was really once a thing!
Conejo Valley Airport was built around 1947 by the Janss Corporation with a 2,800 dirt landing strip in an open field just along Thousand Oaks Blvd (then named Ventura Road.)
Then came the Ventura Highway in 1952 and the airport was moved to where Los Robles Golf Course sits today. At that time, the Conejo Valley was open fields; herded cows, goats and sheep; and oak trees as far as you could see.
After only nine years it was abandoned. Los Robles Golf Course covers the old airport sites but aviation history in the Conejo continued as Janss Investments built Rancho Conejo Airport in 1960.
An LA Times article cited “The finest executive aircraft facility on the West Coast was opened here today by the Janss Corporation. Set among the rolling, oak-dotted hills of this beautiful valley, Rancho Conejo Airport will serve the needs of the fast-moving executives of the space-age industries moving into Janss Corporation’s Rancho Conejo Light Manufacturing & Research Center.”
That lasted only five years and the last of Conejo Valley airports was dismantled.
During the 1980’s we used to hike off Rancho Road to the site of the old runway, which today is the location of Rancho Conejo homes.
Today, the airspace of the Conejo Valley is peaceful and quiet. No plane, no trains…and no more herds of sheep!