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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.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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/ .
 
     

 

FLIGHT PATH BOARD NAMES OFFICERS

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Lynne AdelmanLynne Adelman was elected president and board chair of Flight Path during a recent meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Adelman, a resident of Westchester, is a longtime member of the board and its most recent vice president.  She first joined the museum staff as a volunteer and has directed major fundraising events. Adelman is a former airline flight attendant and passenger services manager and has been active in aviation and community organizations.

Other officers elected were Lori Keir of Westchester, vice president; Robert E. Smith of Hawthorne, chief financial officer and treasurer; and Agnes Huff of Playa del Rey, corporate secretary. Nancy Niles of Pacific Palisades is immediate past president. Continuing in office are Lee Nichols, Flight Path executive director, and Beverly Migliazzo, recording secretary.

Re-elected to new three-year terms on the board were Lynne Adelman, John Burke, Ethel Pattison and Robert Slusser.  Board members chairing standing committees are Ethel Pattison, museum operations; Vincent Migliazzo, flight simulator training programs; Robert Acherman, electronic communications; Barbara Keller, scholarships; and Lori Keir, awards. Other members are Rowena Ake, past president; Nissen Davis, Ron Kochevar, Bill Miller and Stephen Soukup.

GALA TO HONOR LAX VETERAN AS ‘GUIDING LIGHT’

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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.

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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.
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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.
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“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.”
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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.
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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.
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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
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“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.”
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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. 

TRIBUTE PLANNED FOR AVIATION LUMINARIES

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.
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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.
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“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.”
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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.
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 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.
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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.

FLIGHT PATH BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS

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Nancy Niles
Photo by Jay Berkowitz, LAWA

Nancy Niles was elected president and board chair of Flight Path during a recent meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Niles, a resident of Pacific Palisades, previously served as Flight Path’s corporate secretary and is a longtime member of the board. She is former director of the airport Community Relations Division and has been active in LAX area community organizations.

Niles succeeds Rowena Ake of Westchester, who chaired the Flight Path board for 13 years. Ake will continue on the board as immediate past president and will serve as liaison to the museum’s advisory board.

Other new officers are Lynne Adelman of Westchester, vice president; Robert Smith of Hawthorne, chief financial officer and treasurer; and Lori Keir of Westchester, corporate secretary. Smith, the board’s former corporate secretary, succeeds CFO John Garstka of Westchester, who passed away recently.

Named to chair standing committees are Ethel L. Pattison of Manhattan Beach, museum operations; Vincent Migliazzo of Westchester, flight simulator training programs; and Robert Acherman of Torrance, electronic communications. Continuing in office are Lee Nichols, executive director, and Beverly Migliazzo, recording secretary. Bill Miller of Virgin Australia Airlines was approved as a new member of the board.

Appointed to the Flight Path Advisory Board were Gen. Kevin Chilton (USAF-ret.), former astronaut and head of the U.S. Strategic Command, and Alan Wayne, a retiring member of the museum’s board of directors.