Program to Focus on LAX Improvements


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.
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.”
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.
For more information call (424) 646-7284 or email flightpathguides@lawa.org


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.


Flight Path’s popular Speaker Series continues during 2015 with a wide variety of aviation topics delivered by an impressive roster of informative speakers.  Subjects range from airport development to passenger service to aviation and aerospace history, according to Nancy Niles, Flight Path president.
“The Speaker Series is a key part of our learning center’s educational mission,” said Niles. “Our speakers promote a greater understanding of the importance of aviation for the entire community. These programs are offered free to the public.”
 .Flying_Tigers_logoKicking off the 2015 Speaker Series on Saturday, February 28 at 10 a.m. will be “The Flying Tigers of World War II,” presented by Dr. Pedro Chan, an internationally recognized authority on the Flying Tigers and their role in battling to free China from Axis control during World War II.  The original Flying Tigers were a group of volunteer American aviators led by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Claire L. Chennault.  Following the war, part of the group formed The Flying Tiger Line, an all-cargo carrier now part of FedEx.
Dr. Chan has exhibited his large collection of World War II Flying Tigers memorabilia in Washington, D.C., and at several U.S. military bases.  He also serves as an advisor to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles and the Flying Tigers Historical Organization.
An update on improvements in LAX passenger facilities and ground transportation is the topic for the Flight Path Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m.  Tim Ihle of the Los Angeles World Airports development staff will present the program.  The airport recently awarded contracts for design of a major expansion of international passenger facilities and has unveiled plans for sophisticated ground transportation links between the airport central terminal area and nearby rail and rental car facilities.
 .Flight Path Director Nissen Davis returns to the Speaker Series on Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. with the topic, “Aviation Doing Good,” reviewing his work with aviation and aerospace celebrities supporting the Morale Entertainment Foundation.  The foundation is dedicated to boosting the morale of U. S. troops on deployment throughout the world.
The challenges for airlines in addressing hungry travelers is the focus of South Bay journalist Richard Foss, who speaks on the topic, “History of Food in Flight,” on Tuesday, September 22, at 10 a.m.  Foss will trace the development of menu selections ranging from pretzels to prime rib and everything in between. .
The 2015 Speaker Series wraps up on Saturday, November 14, at 10 a.m. by revisiting a popular subject of last year’s series: “Space Satellites.”  Phil Pressel, a longtime satellite project engineer, provides a look at the civilian role in this military-based reconnaissance program as well as the human interest stories that are part of it.

In Memoriam – Morrey Plotkin


Flight Path Founder & Chairman Emeritus
With deep regret the Flight Path Board of Directors announces the recent passing of our Founder and Chairman Emeritus Morrey Plotkin.
Morrey’s leadership of Flight Path began more than 20 years ago when he spearheaded installation of the first sidewalk plaques saluting aviation luminaries in the Westchester business district north of LAX. As our nonprofit organization’s Board Chairman he directed community fundraising and an area-wide search for a suitable site for the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum.
Following the museum’s opening in the LAX Imperial Terminal, Morrey has remained a faithful and generous supporter of our youth scholarship and educational programs.  His continuing wise counsel has been invaluable to the successful operation of our facility.
In honor of Morrey’s service to the museum and the community, Flight Path presented him with its annual Guiding Light Award at the 16th annual Gala dinner in October 2012. The award honors those who guide and inspire youth toward education and careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace.
Morrey’s other community activities have included service as president of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Westchester Playa Village which provides services to help local seniors remain in their homes.  He was awarded the Village’s Inspirational Senior Award for his work there.
Flight Path President Nancy Niles issued the following statement of tribute:“Morrey Plotkin has been an essential part of Flight Path from the very beginning.  His special talent for motivating individuals and organizations to work together has been critical to the success of our learning center and museum.  We are deeply grateful for his 98 years of life and for his lasting legacy to Flight Path and the community.”

“YESTERDAY ~ A Salute to the 60’s”

“YESTERDAY – A Salute To The 60’s!”
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1st  – 5:30PM




The 2014 Flight Path Gala returns to the Proud Bird Restaurant adjacent to LAX, site of several of the museum’s early fundraisers. The Proud Bird, a showcase of aviation history, was established in the 1960’s, an era which is the theme of this year’s Flight Path Gala.

Ethel Pattison will be honored for nearly 60 years of service to aviation education with the fourth annual Guiding Light Award from the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center at Los Angeles International Airport. The award will be presented at Flight Path’s 18th annual Gala fundraiser on October 1 in the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles.
Since beginning her LAX career in 1956, Pattison has served as chief airport guide, heading airport educational tours; as airport information specialist and historian, assisting students and other researchers; and as a board member and as operations chair of Flight Path, overseeing exhibits, library service and audio-visual productions.
“Ethel has been at the center of the airport’s aviation education programs for many years,” said Nancy Niles, Flight Path president. “She has a unique knowledge of Southern California aviation history and a special gift for communicating her enthusiasm to others.”
In recognition of Pattison’s contributions to LAX and aviation, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has named the rose garden adjacent to the airport’s Clifton A. Moore Administration Building in her honor. She was presented the prestigious Los Angeles City Career Service Award in 1991. Born in Los Angeles, Pattison grew up in Hollywood and was graduated from John Marshall High School and the University of Southern California. She is a former United Airlines flight attendant and currently resides in Manhattan Beach.
The Flight Path Gala begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring the theme, “Yesterday: A Salute to the Sixties,” showcasing a time of spectacular growth in aviation history, according to Event Chair Lynne Adelman. Included will be listening and dance music by the Mop Tops Beatles Tribute Band and modeling of crew uniforms from Flight Path’s 1960’s collection. The annual Clay Lacy and Charles “Pete” Conrad scholarships will be presented to promising aviation students.
The program will include a virtual tour of Los Angeles International Airport with special focus on current improvements.  Also featured will be a wide range of prizes ranging from air travel to dining gift cards to select wines
“The 1960’s are remembered as colorful years of adventure in aviation and entertainment,” said Adelman. “The Gala promises to recapture some of that spirit for the enjoyment of our guests.”
Gala reservations at $100 donation per person are available by calling (424) 646-7284.  Reservations also may be made via Pay Pal services,  click here.  Opportunities are available for table sponsorships. Those sponsoring tables or donating prizes will receive recognition at the event.  Proceeds from the Gala benefit Flight Path’s aviation education programs. 

LAX in Air Travel’s Golden Age


Airline historian Jon Proctor speaks at Flight Path on July 8 at 10 a.m.
He is pictured at LAX on Dec. 28, 1959, with a TWA Jetstream aircraft.
(Photo copyright by John Proctor)

Jon Proctor
“LAX in Air Travel’s Golden Age”
Tuesday, July 8, 2014  –     10:00 am – 11:45 am

“LAX the Golden Age of Air Travel” will take the spotlight on Tuesday, July 8, at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. The Flight Path Speaker Series program will begin at 10 a.m., featuring Jon Proctor, aviation author, journalist and historian.  Admission and parking are free.

Proctor, retired editor of Airliners Magazine and a 27-year veteran of Trans World Airlines, will share memories of air travel in the 1950s and ’60s, including photos of the vintage propeller-powered airliners, early commercial jets and prop-jets of that era, flown out of LAX by such carriers as Pan Am, TWA, Continental and PSA.

Proctor previously was featured in the Flight Path Speaker Series during 2006 when he presented a program on the history of TWA, according to Nancy Niles, Flight Path president. The program drew a near-capacity crowd, including many retired airline employees.

“We expect this broader theme to be even more appealing,” said Niles. “It is made to order for anyone interested in what we look back on as a time of phenomenal growth and development of air travel at LAX.”

The Flight Path Speaker Series is a regular feature of the museum. Flight Path is operated by the nonprofit Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency which operates LAX. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free.


Major contributors to the Southern California aviation and airport community will be honored in a ceremony on May 29 in a beautiful new display area in the Westchester business district north of Los Angeles International Airport.  Flight Path worked in cooperation with Drollinger Properties to create the site in the Westchester Village shopping center at Sepulveda Boulevard and Howard B. Drollinger Way where names of honorees inscribed will be announced during the invitational event.
The Flight Path Board of Directors has unanimously approved recipients of the first four Honorary Service Awards, according to Nancy Niles, Flight Path president. They are the Bob Hope USO at LAX, Howard B. Drollinger, John A. Garstka and David Tallichet. Also honored that day will be Joseph J. “Tym” Tymczyszyn, with embedment of a plaque on Flight Path’s Aviation Walk of Fame adjacent to the ceremony site. The individuals are being honored posthumously.
“Our criterion for the Honorary Service Awards,” explained Niles, “is that each honoree has provided significant contributions or services for the advancement of the Southern California airport community. The 51 plaques on the Aviation Walk of Fame honor pioneers and luminaries who have made major contributions to aviation or aerospace.”
uso200The Bob Hope USO at LAX has for many years been a “home away from home” for military service personnel enroute to or from their assignments. Staffed primarily by volunteers, the USO provides information, recreation and other assistance to these men and women and their families, many of whom are unfamiliar with LAX and the Los Angeles area. The center was named for the late comedian Bob Hope, who focused much of his career on entertaining American troops in places far from home.

drollingerhb200Howard B. Drollinger
 operated a property management firm for many years in the LAX area. He was a key developer of Westchester’s upgraded Sepulveda Boulevard “gateway” to the airport, including shopping, parking and other amenities of benefit to travelers and area residents. He and his firm were noted for their philanthropic endeavors in the airport community. Drollinger served during World War II as an Army Air Forces navigator, flying 50 combat missions over Italy. He was a faithful supporter of Flight Path and the preservation of Southern California’s aviation heritage.
John Garstka200John A. Garstka earned recognition in the LAX community as a leader in education, business and support for training of future aviators. Garstka served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War and Vietnam War, retiring as a lieutenant colonel and master navigator. For heroism and heroic achievement he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Garstka was a certified public accountant, associate professor of accounting at Loyola Marymount University and an instructor in the LMU ROTC program. He served as chief financial officer of the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum.

David TallichetDavid Tallichet was owner-operator of a group of restaurants, including the iconic Proud Bird adjacent to the LAX south runway complex. Under Tallichet’s direction, the Proud Bird became a showcase of aviation history, including replicas and models of significant aircraft on the grounds plus a large collection of aviation photos and other memorabilia inside the restaurant. Tallichet served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, co-piloting a B-17 bomber on more than 20 combat missions over Europe. He established the Military Aircraft Restoration Corp. to manage, restore and replicate vintage aircraft. Tallichet also was a strong supporter of Flight Path and its educational mission.

Joseph Tyczynszyn200Joseph J. “Tym” Tymczyszyn achieved distinction as a test pilot on a wide variety of aircraft, including airline transports, military fighters, general aviation planes, helicopters and navigation systems. He was best known as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Project Pilot on the first two jet transports, the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8. Tymczyszyn served as an instructor pilot and later as an engineering pilot in the Pacific during World War II. Born in Torrance, he lived for many years with his family in Westchester.


flyingcarpetsThe achievements of pioneer Southern California aviator Moye W. Stephens will headline the Flight Path Speaker Series on Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Author Barbara Schultz will share insights from her new book, Flying Carpets, Flying Wings, the story of Stephens and his early exploits and achievements.

Although Stephens is all but forgotten today, he was celebrated in the early years of aviation as a daring round-the-world flyer. Among his primary contributions to the Southern California aviation community was his close association with Jack Northrop with whom he co-founded Northrop Aviation, now known as Northrop Grumman Corp. Stephens served as the firm’s chief test pilot and as a member of its board of directors.

Stephens’s love of aviation began at an early age when his parents took him to the Dominguez Aviation Meet, the American West’s first air show, near Los Angeles, in 1910. About the time he was graduating from Hollywood High School, Stephens made his first flight at age 17 in a Curtiss OX-5-powered Standard J-1, a version of the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny. In 1930 Richard Halliburton, the famed adventurer, travel writer and speaker, signed Stephens as his pilot for an 18-month round-the-world expedition aboard a Stearman C-3B, dubbed The Flying Carpet.

“This program is a great opportunity learn more about the unique aviation heritage of Southern California,” said Nancy Niles, Flight Path president. “That is what our museum and learning center is all about.”   Speaker Series programs are open to the pubic, with time allotted at the end of each presentation for questions from the audience.

Copies of the Stephens book will be available following the program for purchase and autographing by the author. Admission and parking are free.


HEXAGONKH-9Spy satellites that helped the U.S. counter Soviet threats during the Cold War are the focus of a program on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at the LAX Flight Path Museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles.Col. Stephen Soukup, USAF-ret., who monitored production and testing of HEXAGON KH-9 satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office for 20 years, will discuss his experiences. The program is part of the Flight Path Speaker Series. Admission and parking are free.

Intelligence insights provided by HEXAGON photographic images directly influenced U.S. policy and defense posture during the Cold War era, according to Soukup. The program was declassified in 2011, 25 years after its final space mission.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to gain inside information about a program that was top-secret for many years,” said Flight Path President Nancy Niles. “Colonel Soukup’s presentation will be of real value to anyone interested in the vital role of satellite technology in our country’s military intelligence.”

Following a 29-year U.S. Air Force career, Soukup held senior management positions at The Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo where he was involved with several USAF-related space programs, including the Global Broadcast System, Defense Communication Satellite System and Wideband Global SATCOM System. Retired from Aerospace two years ago, he continues work on these programs in a consulting role.

Soukup, a South Bay resident, holds a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University and a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He is a graduate of the Air Force War College and the National Security Agency Senior Cryptologic College.

The Speaker Series is part of Flight Path’s ongoing educational programs. The museum and learning center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., conducted by nonpofit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency which operates LAX. Admission and parking are free. For more information call 424-646-7284 or visit the museum’s website www.flightpathmuseum.com