|The 2017 Flight Path Speaker Series kicks off on Tuesday, February 28 at 10 a.m. with a first-ever program spotlighting Los Angeles Airport Police, presented by Public Information Officer Rob Pedregon.
“With more than 1,100 law enforcement and civilian personnel, Airport Police is one of the most significant and visible groups of airport employees,” said Flight Path President Lynne Adelman. “Officer Pedregon will help us better understand their intensive training and varied responsibilities plus the special challenges they face in protecting the traveling public.”
Los Angeles Airport Police traces its origins back 70 years to 1946 when commercial airline operations were beginning at what is now LAX, following military control of the airport during World War II. The initial workforce included six armed officers and one supervisor. The group expanded slowly over the years, with major growth occurring after the expanded “Jet Age” LAX central terminal complex opened in 1961.
Today’s officers not only are responsible for protecting the airport and its passengers, but also for working cooperatively on a daily basis with a number of other law enforcement agencies at LAX. These include Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Police Department and several more.
In addition to regular armed officers, Airport Police also includes approximately 400 unarmed security officers. These officers handle traffic control, parking enforcement and certain airfield security duties.The February 28 presentation at Flight Path, like all Speaker Series programs, is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.
|Flight Path is celebrating the recent opening of its new Space Exploration Gallery that spotlights the history and development of space flight. The gallery showcases a colorful and informative timeline of space exploration history together with a number of important space artifacts, according to Flight Path President Lynne Adelman. Included is the flight suit of astronaut Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of the Endeavour and Atlantis space shuttles.
“We are very grateful for the support of General Chilton, The Aerospace Corporation and others who made possible this major addition to Flight Path’s educational program,” said Adelman.
The gallery includes colorful wall graphics and text, video presentations and artifact display cases, providing visitors of all ages with an educational and entertaining walk-through experience. Also, the Aero Club of Southern California’s Howard Hughes Memorial award trophy has been relocated to the new gallery. Spearheading development of the project was a museum committee headed by Col. Stephen Soukup (USAF-ret.) of the Flight Path Board of Directors.
“I’m so proud that Aerospace could be a part of it, “said Dr. Mailina Hills, vice president of Space Program Operations at The Aerospace Corporation. “It is the corporation’s hope the next generation of scientists and engineers will be inspired by something they read, saw, or experienced right here at the Flight Path Museum.”
The new Space Exploration Gallery at Flight Path is available for visitors Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 3pm, except on major holidays. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact (424) 646-7284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/ .
Aviation photographer Jean-christophe Dick will introduce a collection of his innovative work during the Flight Path Speaker Series on Saturday, November 12, at 10 a.m. at the LAX Flight Path Museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free.
Dick, a licensed pilot, also has exhibited his photos at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Los Angeles Fine Arts Building and numerous other venues in Southern California and nationwide. He received a first place photography award for his collection at the 2016 Beverly Hills Art Show.
The Speaker Series program will open a week-long exhibit of Dick’s work at Flight Path, according to Lynne Adelman, the museum’s president. Public hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 15-19. Flight Path is closed on Sunday and Monday.
“Mr. Dick’s work reflects the beauty of today’s aircraft, the airports that serve them, and the open skies where they fly,” said Adelman. “He captures a spectacular drama of light and color in each of his photos.”
Following college graduation, Dick pursued flight training in Montreal and Santa Monica to qualify for his pilot certificate. Combining this skill with a lifelong love of his camera, he has traveled six continents to build a unique collection of aviation-related photographs. He also serves as a photographer and consultant to the HNTB Corp., a worldwide developer of airport improvement projects.
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One of the best remembered military figures of World War II will be spotlighted when the Flight Path Speaker Series continues on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. Don Penny, longtime aide to Gen. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, will share his personal recollections of the pilot who led the daring 1942 U. S. air raid over Tokyo on orders of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Doolittle and his raiders later were immortalized in the Hollywood feature film, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,” starring Spencer Tracy as Doolittle. Later, in retirement, the general came to have a close association with Los Angeles International Airport through his friendship with Clifton A. Moore, the airport’s longtime general manager. Doolittle headlined a number of special events at LAX, including an appearance as featured speaker for the dedication ceremonies at Terminal One in 1982. Later a USO lounge at the airport was named in Doolittle’s honor.
Don Penny served as an assistant to Doolittle during the postwar years. He later performed a similar role for President Gerald R. Ford. Penny will share an extensive collection of mementos during his Flight Path presentation.
The final program in this year’s Speaker Series will be “Aircraft in Focus,” an exhibition featuring the work of aviation photographer Jean-christophe Dick of HNTB Corp. The show opens with a presentation by the photographer on November 12th and continues for one week in Flight Path’s main gallery.
All Flight Path Speaker Series programs begin at 10 a.m. Admission and parking are free.
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The popular Flight Path Speaker Series continues with spring and summer programs saluting two key milestones in aviation history, the 90th anniversary of the famed Goodyear blimps and the 100th anniversary of the founding of aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
A presentation on April 26, “Goodyear Blimps Yesterday and Today,” spotlights the Goodyear airships seen for many years in the Southern California skies, noted especially for hovering over the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years’ Day. Goodyear operations staff will be on hand to review the nine-decade history of this familiar aircraft, beginning with 1925’s first blimp up to and including the newly-launched “Wingfoot One.”
Boeing takes the spotlight at Flight Path on June 28 with “Boeing’s First Hundred Years,” a program marking the firm’s centennial of aircraft manufacturing. The presentation by corporate staff will include a review of Boeing’s most notable aircraft, including its first commercial jet, the 707, the iconic 747, the popular 737 and 777 and today’s 787 Dreamliner. Boeing remains a major manufacturer in Southern California, producing satellites, rockets and updated C-17 aircraft. A number of other companies in the Southland perform important subcontract work for Boeing.
The Flight Path Speaker Series moves into the fall season with a program keyed to military aviation plus a presentation and exhibition focused on aviation photography.
“My Friend Jimmy Doolittle” is the title of a September 20 program about the headline-making aviator of World War II. His friend and aide Don Penny will share memories of working with the general. Penny also served as an aide to President Gerald R. Ford.
The final program in this year’s Speaker Series will be “Aircraft in Focus,” an exhibition featuring the work of aviation photographer Jean-christophe Dick. The show opens with a presentation by the photographer on November 5 and continues for two weeks in Flight Path’s main gallery.
All Flight Path Speaker Series programs begin at 10 a.m. Admission and parking are free.
Lynne Adelman was elected president and board chair of Flight Path during a recent meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
Adelman, a resident of Westchester, is a longtime member of the board and its most recent vice president. She first joined the museum staff as a volunteer and has directed major fundraising events. Adelman is a former airline flight attendant and passenger services manager and has been active in aviation and community organizations.
Other officers elected were Lori Keir of Westchester, vice president; Robert E. Smith of Hawthorne, chief financial officer and treasurer; and Agnes Huff of Playa del Rey, corporate secretary. Nancy Niles of Pacific Palisades is immediate past president. Continuing in office are Lee Nichols, Flight Path executive director, and Beverly Migliazzo, recording secretary.
Re-elected to new three-year terms on the board were Lynne Adelman, John Burke, Ethel Pattison and Robert Slusser. Board members chairing standing committees are Ethel Pattison, museum operations; Vincent Migliazzo, flight simulator training programs; Robert Acherman, electronic communications; Barbara Keller, scholarships; and Lori Keir, awards. Other members are Rowena Ake, past president; Nissen Davis, Ron Kochevar, Bill Miller and Stephen Soukup.
Casey Grant will open the 2016 Flight Path Speaker Series with an account of her experiences as one of the first African-American airline flight attendants. This special Black History Month program is scheduled on Tuesday, February 16, at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free.
Based on her new book, Stars in the Sky, Grant’s presentation will review the challenges and rewards she and her African-American colleagues faced as they sought the glamour and prestige of a career in the sky, according to Flight Path President Nancy Niles.
“These women faced cultural barriers, misunderstanding and even hostility,” said Niles. “Casey Grant will share with us the powerful but little known story of their role in the civil rights movement. It is a story that deserves to be remembered and respected by all of us.”
Copies of Grant’s book, Stars in the Sky, will be available for purchase after the program. The book also will be available for future reference in the museum’s William A. Schoneberger Research Library.
The Flight Path Speaker Series will continue throughout 2016 with programs featuring a history of the famed Goodyear blimps, a salute to the 100th anniversary of the Boeing Aircraft Company, a memoir of famed World War II pilot General Jimmy Doolittle, and a special presentation and exhibition by aviation photographer Jean-christophe Dick. Dates and further information will be posted soon on the Flight Path website www.flightpathmuseum.com/.
|BREAKING BARRIERS: Based on her new book, Stars in the Sky, Casey Grant joins the Flight Path Speaker Series on February 16 to share the story of how the first African-American flight attendants kept their heads high while facing down racial barriers to achieve rewarding airline careers.|
|The 2015 Flight Path Speaker Series will conclude on Saturday, December 5, with project engineer Phil Pressel’s program, “The Hexagon KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite,” covering development and design of the satellite for the CIA. The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free.
The Hexagon KH-9 was the last orbiting reconnaissance camera (spy in the sky) that used film for photography. It played an important chapter in U. S. intelligence and aerospace history.
The December 5 event is a follow-up to a similar program presented last year by Col. Stephen Soukup (USAF-ret.), according to Nancy Niles, the museum’s president. “There was so much interest in last year’s space satellite presentation,” said Niles, “that we are offering yet another opportunity to learn more about this fascinating subject.”
John McCone, director of the CIA in 1965, wanted a new spy satellite that could achieve broad area coverage of the entire landmass of the earth and high resolution stereo photos of local areas. As the program was highly classified, the initial study for the Hexagon program, conducted by Pressel’s company, the Perkin-Elmer Corp., was presented to the CIA at night in a deserted looking safe house in Washington, D.C. The CIA thought highly of the concept and Perkin-Elmer eventually was awarded the job.
This orbiting spy camera turned out to become a huge success. Pressel’s talk features interesting anecdotes, personal stories and some technical details about this complex camera system that was capable of distinguishing objects two to three feet in size from an altitude of 100 miles above the earth.
The Hexagon satellite was acknowledged to have been an invaluable asset providing intelligence information and was said to be responsible for President Nixon signing the SALT treaty and allowing President Reagan to “trust but verify” what the Russians were doing during the cold war. The first launch was on June 15, 1971, and the last of 19 missions sadly exploded 800 feet above the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 18, 1986, just a few months after the Challenger’s tragic explosion.