Lectures

Program to Spotlight Plans for LAX ‘People Mover’

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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. Ross Vitale, senior management analyst in the LAWA Community Relations Division, 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

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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.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHTS GEN. JIMMY DOOLITTLE

Doolittle Gen. JimmyOne 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.
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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.
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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.
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All Flight Path Speaker Series programs begin at 10 a.m.  Admission and parking are free.

 

GOODYEAR, BOEING LEGACIES SALUTED

     
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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.

‘Stars in the Sky’ Salutes First African-American Flight Attendants

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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/.

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CaseyGrant 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.

‘Spy in the Sky’ Headlines Speaker Series Program

The December 5 Flight Path Speaker Series program will focus on the Hexagon KH-9 reconnaissance satellite, also known as the CIA's "Spy in the Sky." Project engineer Phil Pressel will speak.

The December 5 Flight Path Speaker Series program will focus on the Hexagon KH-9 reconnaissance satellite, also known as the CIA’s “Spy in the Sky.” Project engineer Phil Pressel will speak.

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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.

 

Summer Programs Focus on War Valor, Air Victuals

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This TWA memorabilia, part of the Flight Path collection, is a reminder of elegant food service sometimes offered to travelers through the years by various airlines. Richard Foss, South Bay journalist, will present, “The History of Food in Flight,” as part of the Flight Path Speaker Series on September 22 at 10 a.m.
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Flight Path’s summer schedule includes another program in the popular Flight Path Speaker Series as well as a special exhibition paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.The Speaker Series continues on Tuesday, September 22, at 10 a.m. with Richard Foss headlining the program.  His topic, “The History of Food in Flight,” will survey the often mixed results of airline attempts over the years to satisfy hungry travelers with fare ranging from pretzels to prime rib.  Foss, a South Bay resident, is familiar to many local residents as a news reporter and commentator.
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A collection of memorabilia from the famed Flying Tigers of World War II will be on display at Flight Path from August 5 to 19. Dr. Pedro Chan, an internationally recognized authority on the Flying Tigers, has collected the items and made them available for this special exhibition.The Flying Tigers were a group of volunteer American aviators who helped defend China from Japanese aggression during World War II. Following the war, members of the group founded The Flying Tiger Line, an all-cargo commercial air carrier which was based for many years at Los Angeles International Airport. The Flying Tiger Line later became part of Federal Express.

Dr. Chan has exhibited his collection of World War II Flying Tigers memorabilia in Washington, D.C., and at several U.S. military bases. He also serves as an adviser to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles and the Flying Tigers Historical Organization.

Speaker Taps Aviation Stars to Lift Troop Morale

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Flight Path Director Nissen Davis headlines the museum’s Speaker Series on June 23 with a program on his work with aviation and aerospace celebrities for the Morale Entertainment Foundation. Pictured on a mission to entertain U. S. military personnel are, from left, Davis, astronaut Jim Lovell, SR-71 test pilot Bob Gilliland and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Boosting the spirits of U. S. service personnel was the goal when Flight Path Director Nissen Davis recruited five aviation celebrities to visit 10 military bases and an aircraft carrier at sea.  Davis will recount highlights of this and similar missions on Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles.
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Sponsored by the nonprofit Morale Entertainment Foundation in cooperation with the Pentagon, mission headliners included astronauts Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan, SR-71 test pilot Bob Gilliland and Vietnam War air ace Steve Ritchie.
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“Morale Entertainment turned to me,” said Davis, “because I had been lucky enough to get to know some of these legends in my 30 years working for Flying Tigers, McDonnell Douglas and Hughes, as well as being the organizer of the annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award.”
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Davis has coordinated two additional Morale Entertainment visits to U. S. military forces.  One celebrated the Indy 500 Centennial and featured top Indy drivers Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser, Jr.  Another, staged aboard a U. S. Navy nuclear carrier in San Diego, featured the opening game of the NCAA season with honorary coaches Magic Johnson and James Worthy.  Special guests were President Obama and the First Lady.
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The Flight Path Speaker Series is open to the public with time allotted at the end of each program for questions from the audience.  Admission and parking are free.  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 send an email to: flightpathguides@lawa.org