The Flight Path Museum plans to celebrate 60 years of airline service at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Wednesday, October 4th, with a festive benefit spotlighting aircraft, personalities and music of the 1940s.

The event will also salute the 60th anniversary of the founding of the LAX Airport Police.

The benefit is scheduled to begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. in the LAX Imperial Terminal on the airport’s south perimeter.

Proceeds will benefit Flight Path, the nonprofit group operating the museum in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency which operates LAX. Tickets are available by calling (310) 215-5291.

The salute is Flight Path’s tenth annual fund-raising gala, according to Rowena Ake, Flight Path president.

Emphasizing the organization’s educational mission, each gala features presentation of the annual Clay Lacy and Charles “Pete” Conrad scholarships to students planning careers in aviation, Ake says.

Big band music and vocalists will entertain guests in the museum and an adjacent tent will be set up to accommodate the expected overflow crowd.

“We will salute the 1940s era by having restored original aircraft on display,” Ake said. “We also will display an impressive collection of modern aircraft models representing many current and historic airlines.”

Airline service began at LAX in 1946, transforming what then was called Mines Field from a general aviation and military airport eventually into one of the world’s busiest international airports.

The Airport Police began work the same year. The present “jet age” terminal complex was opened in 1961 with further improvements completed before the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

The Flight Path Museum features an array of aviation memorabilia, including airline pilot and flight attendant uniforms, aircraft models and photos, and a panoramic mural saluting the Centennial of Flight and the history of LAX.

The museum is in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission and parking are free.

Information, (310) 215-5291.

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