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Flight Path Museum Speaker Series Presents”Aviatrix” a Documentary Screening of the First Chinese American Female Pilot Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, August 22, 2017

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  Flight Path Museum will host a screening of the documentary “Aviatrix” The Story of Katherine Sui Fun Cheung with Director Ed Moy at 10 am on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Katherine was regarded as one of the first Chinese women to become a licensed pilot in the United States. Moy will introduce his documentary, the screening lasts 40 minutes and a Q & A session will follow.

As a teenager Katherine fell in love with flying when she immigrated to America. She dreamt of becoming a pilot but had to defy both racial and gender prejudices of the 1930’s to earn her license. She joined the Ninety-Nines, an all-women pilot’s club whose members include legend Amelia Earhart and lived her dream of becoming a daredevil stunt pilot performing at air shows and competing in air races.

The Beijing Air Force Aviation Museum proclaimed her “China’s Amelia Earhart” and opened an exhibit to commemorate her. Women in Aviation International inducted her into their Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum enshrined her as America’s first Asian aviatrix.

Flight Path Museum also recognized her milestones in aviation and she is one of only 51 people to have a bronze plaque embedded in the Flight Path Walk of Fame.

This program will begin promptly at 10 am at the Flight Path Museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles 90045. Free admission and parking.

 
 

 

 

‘Career Couple’ to Recount Air Adventures

 

Thomas Lee was aboard the inaugural flight of the Boeing 747 in 1970 as well as the first flights of several other notable commercial aircraft. He and his wife Sally Glenn-Lee, also an aviation veteran, will speak at Flight Path on April 25.

 
  Inflight adventures from the historic DC-3 to the contemporary A-380 will be spotlighted during the Flight Path Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 25.  Thomas Lee and Sally Glenn-Lee, an aviation “career couple,” will speak.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles.   Admission and parking are free.

Sally Glenn-Lee’s presentation, “Adventures of Cabin Crews from the DC-3 Forward,” will draw on her extended career as an airline flight attendant, instructor and manager for numerous airlines. Her career began in an era when she and her co-workers were called stewardesses, were required to keep a trim figure, and had to defer marriage and family until their flying days were over.  

Thomas Lee, an engineer who designs aircraft cabins and their amenities, has titled his presentation, “Adventures of a World Record Holder on Inaugural Commercial Flights,” including the B-747, A-380, B-787, A-350 and the C-Series. Lee currently serves as vice-president at Zodiac Aerospace in Huntington Beach.

“This program promises to be both informative and entertaining,” said Flight Path President Lynne Adelman.  “The Lees will help us remember some very memorable days in airline and aviation history.”

 

Airport Police Program Opens 2017 Speaker Series

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  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.
 

Aviation Photographer to Open Exhibition

jean-christophe-dick_hd_01_v031Aviation 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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Program to Focus on LAX Improvements

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The Tom Bradley International Terminal

A progress report on the current LAX airport improvement program is scheduled on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles.  Tim Ihle of the Los Angeles World Airports development staff will provide a status update on upgrades to airline passenger facilities, ground transportation and other major construction projects underway or planned at the airport.
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Recent major expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal is but one step in the airport’s overall improvement program, according to Nancy Niles, Flight Path president. “Tim Ihle’s presentation will bring us a complete picture of what will happen in the next few years to bring LAX to a higher standard of passenger service,” said Niles. “Tim is an excellent speaker. His two previous presentations as part of our Speaker Series have been well attended and extremely informative.”
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Speaker Series programs are open to the public, with time allotted at the end of each program for questions from the audience. Admission and parking are free.  Flight Path is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The museum and learning center is operated by nonprofit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency which operates Los Angeles International Airport.
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For more information call (424) 646-7284 or email flightpathguides@lawa.org

TRIBUTE PLANNED FOR LONGTIME COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

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Vince_photo_3Vincent A. Migliazzo, a decorated World War II veteran and longtime Westchester resident and community volunteer, will be honored in a special ceremony on February 28 at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles.
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Migliazzo will receive the museum’s prestigious Honorary Service Award, according to Nancy Niles, Flight Path president. The award is presented to individuals and organizations making a significant contribution to the Southern California airport community.
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The ceremony will take place in conjunction with a Flight Path Speaker Series program by Dr. Pedro Chan saluting the Flying Tigers, American volunteer pilots who helped liberate China during World War II. Migliazzo served in the Pacific Theater during the war as a member of the Medical Infantry Service. He was part of four assault landings and was decorated with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Philippine Liberation Medal.
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In addition to his 34-year career as a teacher and administrator in the Inglewood Unified School District, Migliazzo has contributed thousands of volunteer hours to LAX area youth and community activities, including Little League, Boy Scouts, Youth Counseling Service, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 177, Exchange Club, USO, YMCA and Visitation Catholic Church.
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As a member of the Flight Path Board of Directors, Migliazzo has supervised the museum’s Flight Path Flyers simulator training program. “We are privileged to have Vince as a member of the Flight Path team,” said Niles. “His enthusiastic work in our flight simulator training program has been a great inspiration to our students and instructors.”
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Migliazzo is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and Loyola University. He holds a master of science degree from the University of Southern California as well as California state teaching and administrative credentials. Migliazzo and his wife Beverly have been married 65 years and have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They have resided in Westchester since 1950.
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Migliazzo’s Honorary Service Award plaque will be placed with those of previous honorees in a special display area in the Westchester Village shopping center at Sepulveda Boulevard and Howard B. Drollinger Way.