Lectures

Flight Path Museum’s Speaker Series welcomes author Jason Ryan on August 21, 2018

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  Join us at Flight Path to welcome nonfiction author Jason Ryan who will discuss his new book, Race to Hawaii: The 1927 Dole Derby and the Thrilling First Flights that Opened the Pacific, which details the first attempts to cross the Pacific Ocean by airplane. Ryan’s book documents three principal flight events across the Pacific, including journeys attempted by the Army, Navy and a group of civilian flyers competing in an air derby between Oakland and the island of Oahu. Among the brave men and one woman who flew for Hawaii were several Hollywood stunt fliers, and Ryan promises to share tales of their audacious flying antics before the movie cameras and across the ocean  
 

The Speaker Series are free one-hour presentations offered by Flight Path Museum where we host speakers on engaging and inspiring aviation and aerospace-related topics.

We look forward to seeing you! Jason will have copies of his book available for purchase.

August 21st at 10:30 am
Flight Path Museum and Learning Center
6661 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, California 90045

Free admission and free parking.
Donations always welcome.

 

 

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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.

 
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  NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE
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!
 

FLIGHT PATH MUSEUM WELCOMES AERIAL PHOTOJOURNALIST STU MUNDEL AS THE GUEST SPEAKER THIS SATURDAY

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  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
FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

 

 

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’

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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. 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

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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.