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

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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.

 

 

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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!
 

NEW GALLERY SPOTLIGHTS SPACE EXPLORATION

 
  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/ .
 
     

 

MUSEUM SETS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Flight Path has announced its operating schedule for the coming Holiday Season. The museum’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, in the LAX Imperial Terminal.
During the Holiday Season, in addition to regular Sunday and Monday closures, the museum will close Thursday and Friday, November 28-29 (Thanksgiving); Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24-25 (Christmas Eve and Day); and Wednesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day).
Flight Path returns to its regular operating schedule on Thursday, January 2, 2014, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake.”Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, we are able to be open most days during the Holiday Season, including the Saturday after Thanksgiving,” said Ake.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for students on school break and their parents to enjoy our many aviation exhibits.”