New Display! Rockets and NASA Mercury Memorabilia at Flight Path Museum Space Gallery


Flight Path Museum recently added three significant new exhibits to the popular Space Gallery: two scale model rockets and an impressive collection of aerospace engineering memorabilia.

Now on display are a 1/74 scale model of the Skylab-Saturn V rocket, a 1/30 scale model of the Delta IV rocket, and selected mementos and memorabilia related to NASA’s Mercury program, according to Flight Path President Lynne Adelman.

The nearly five-foot tall Skylab-Saturn V rocket model, donated by Stephen Soukup of the Flight Path Board of Directors, is displayed with accompanying graphics and text that describe the features and performance of this immense rocket and the Skylab space station it carried. Skylab was America’s first space station. Between May 1973 and February 1974, three, three-man astronaut crews occupied the Skylab station for periods of up to 84 days, performing unique and first-time space-based scientific research.

The seven-foot tall Delta IV rocket model was donated by Boeing Defense, Space and Security of El Segundo. It originally was designed by Boeing in Huntington Beach as part of the U. S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program and also marketed by Boeing as a commercial satellite launcher. The model is a Delta IV M+(5,4), meaning it is a delta Medium vehicle, equipped with a five-meter-diameter payload fairing, and augmented with four strap-on boosters. The Delta IV family of vehicles now is produced by United Launch Alliance in Decatur, Alabama, and is a major part of the U. S. military space launch enterprise.


NASA Mercury Program materials are included in a notebook of mementos and memorabilia loaned to Flight Path by Robert Combs of El Segundo, collected during his service as a propulsion engineer supporting the Mercury program. Mercury, the first manned U. S. space program, launched Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom on America’s initial sub-orbital flights, followed by orbital missions piloted by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper. The displayed pages of the Combs notebook will be rotated periodically to show as much of the material as possible.

The Flight Path Space Gallery first opened in 2016 with major support from The Aerospace Corporation and other generous donors. The gallery showcases the history of space exploration and is open to the public free of charge during regular museum operating hours.



  Saturday, May 26 Is the Deadline for Flight Path Museum Aviation Scholarships Totaling $12,000  
  .Flight Path Museum & Learning Center annually offers three scholarships totaling $12,000 for Southern California students wishing to pursue further education in the fields of aviation and aerospace. The May 26, 2018 application deadline is fast approaching; interested applicants will need to:

  • ► Fill our Scholarshop Entry Form with a 500-word essay, as described on the entry form; 
  • ► Submit a certified copy of high school/college transcript of grades; and 
  • ► Provide letters of recommendation from two faculty members from their high school, college, university, or technical school.
  • ► Complete scholarship requirements and submission forms can be found on our website, http://www.flightpathmuseum.com under the SCHOLARSHIPS tab at the top of the page.
  The Clay Lacy Scholarship Program
The $5,000 Clay Lacy Scholarship is funded by aviation legend Clay Lacy, the founder of the first executive jet charter company, encourages students to pursue careers in aviation. Clay Lacy one of the nations’ most highly accomplished and respected aviators is the unchallenged holder of the highest number of flight hours of any active pilot. His professional piloting abilities include: United Airlines Captain, military aviator, experimental test pilot, air race champion, aviation record setter, aerial cinematographer, entrepreneur, founder and president of Clay Lacy Aviation.
  The Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. Scholarship Program
The $2,000 Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr., Scholarship is sponsored by the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center to encourage students to enter the field of aviation, aerospace or aeronautics. The scholarship is named in honor of Pete Conrad, NASA astronaut, commander of Apollo 12, and the third man to walk on the moon..
  The Morrey Plotkin Scholarship Program
The $5,000 Morrey Plotkin Scholarship is sponsored by the Plotkin family to encourage youth to pursue education and careers in aviation and aerospace. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Morrey Plotkin, founding chairman of Flight Path Museum and Learning Center and a longtime supporter of volunteerism and community service in the area surrounding Los Angeles International Airport. 
  For more information contact Barbara Keller, barbaragkeller@yahoo.com or R.E. Smith and Associates, resmith@earthlink.net.  


Flight Path Museum will be closed to the public:
Tuesday, May 15th
Second Saturday Speaker Series will be 10:30am on May 12, 2018
“Inside the Russian Space Program”
Rich Abele will share his photos and experience from his trip to Kazakhstan where he witnessed a rare behind-the-scenes launch of a Soyuz 50 rocket taking three cosmonauts to the International Space Station.

Positions Open Now for Wednesday and Friday Shifts!
  Flight Path Museum and Learning Center is a nonprofit, community-based museum honoring aviation pioneers, showcases the importance of Southern California and LAX to the aviation and aerospace industry as well as encourages youth to pursue education and careers in aviation-related fields. The Flight Path Museum gallery exhibits are filled with commercial airline memorabilia from aviation’s golden years and houses one of largest collection of vintage flight attendant uniforms in the Western United States.

If you ever thought about becoming a Volunteer at the Museum, now is the time to act! Download the form here or stop by the front desk and pick one up. Currently, we have open positions for Volunteers on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you have a passion for flight and free during the hours of 9:30am – 3:30pm on those days you won’t want to miss this opportunity!


  Join us at Flight Path Museum to welcome aerial photojournalist Stu Mundel Saturday, February 10, as the first presenter in the 2018 Second Saturday Speaker Series.

Stu Mundel is an aerial reporter and photojournalist for Los Angeles’ KCBS2 & KCAL9 News. Mundel will talk about his passion for aviation and reporting news ultimately culminated into a successful and thrilling career. He is known for his thrilling play-by-play of pursuits and is one of the best “eye in the sky” reporters covering breaking news in Los Angeles.

The Second Saturday Speaker Series are free one-hour presentations offered by Flight Path Museum on second Saturdays of select months. The Series will host speakers on engaging and inspiring aviation- and aerospace-related topics.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:30am – 11:30am
Flight Path Museum
6661 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045



  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Flight Path Museum and Learning Center will host an Airport Recruitment Social event on Monday, December 11, to recruit volunteers to assist guests this winter travel season. Community members who are curious to find out about the array of volunteer opportunities at one of the busiest airports in the nation can attend the social, and learn about opportunities at LAX, the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center, and the Bob Hope USO at LAX.

The event will also offer a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes airfield tour at LAX. Recruitment presentations begin at 10 a.m. and a behind-the-scenes airfield tour leaves Flight Path Museum at 11 a.m. Space on the airfield bus tour is limited to the first 40 people to arrive for this event. Parking is free, light refreshments will be served.

Flight Path Museum and Learning Center is a nonprofit, community-based museum honoring aviation pioneers, showcases the importance of Southern California and LAX to the aviation and aerospace industry as well as encourages youth to pursue education and careers in aviation-related fields. The Flight Path Museum gallery exhibits are filled with memories of aviation’s golden years and houses one of largest collection of vintage flight attendant uniforms in the Western United States.

Flight Path Museum and Learning Center
6661 W. Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045
For questions call Flight Path Museum
(424) 646-7285



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.




Program to Spotlight Plans for LAX ‘People Mover’


Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is developing an Automated People Mover (APM)  system to connect passengers from a new rent-a-car center to an intermodal transportation facility and then to the LAX Central Terminal Area.  The APM system currently is in the planning phases.

Flight Path will present an update on the project as part of the museum’s Speaker Series on Tuesday, June 27.  The program will begin at 10 a.m. at Flight Path in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Mark Waier,  Communications Director of Los Angeles World Airport, will speak. Admission and parking are free.

“We have basic information about the APM on display in the museum,” said Flight Path President Lynne Adelman. “But many of our visitors are eager to know more. This is why we have scheduled a special presentation as part of our Speaker Series.”

Current plans call for the APM system to be fully automated and grade separated from pedestrians and other vehicles. It will be designed for passengers with luggage.  It is intended to provide reliable access to the airport and ensure that passengers can get to their terminals quickly.  The anticipated completion date for the project is 2023.




‘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

  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.


  fp-space-galleryFlight 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 flightpathguides@lawa.org/ .