March 17, 1948 – Hells Angels MC formed

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was formed by the Bishop family in Fontana, California on this day in 1948. Composed of members from a number of other area clubs, the Angels name is said to be inspired by WWII fighter pilots, as well as Howard Hughes’ 1930 film Hell’s Angels (note the apostrophe) about WWI fighter pilots.  Early history of the Angels is somewhat unclear but it is believed early chapters were founded in San Francisco, Fontana and Oakland, CA. By the 1960s the club had grown to be known as a leader in the counterculture movement and had connections with many of the movement’s leaders including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Ken Kesey and others. The club is now considered an organized crime syndicate by the US Department of Justice. This B-17F, tail number 41-24577, was named Hell’s Angels after the 1930 Howard Hughes movie about World War I fighter pilots. New York Hells Angels Rider – By SliceofNYC – Hells Angels Member on a Motorcycle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10351277

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