Visitors to the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport will see some new additions and improvements this year.

The museum’s historic DC-3 aircraft, which is on exhibit adjacent to the main gallery, was recently refurbished after the California Science Center, the legal owner of the plane, signed a lease agreement to keep the DC-3 at Flight Path. A refurbishment crew thoroughly washed and polished the aircraft and its two auxiliary ground vehicles, a tug and fuel truck.

“The DC-3 is our most popular exhibit,” said Flight Path President Rowena Ake. “We do whatever it takes to keep it in tip-top shape for the education and enjoyment of our visitors.”

Flight Path’s DC-3 was manufactured at the Douglas Aircraft Co. plant in Santa Monica in 1941. After many years with Trans World Airlines, it was purchased by the Union Oil Company of California and used to transport the firm’s executives. The plane was later acquired by the California Science Center and displayed first at Hawthorne Airport before finding a home at Flight Path.

The Flight Path Flyers simulator training program will also see some changes in 2012. New wiring and electronic linkages are being installed to better utilize recently purchased equipment and staffing has been expanded to enable the program to serve more students, a Flight Path spokesperson said.

Also planned is a major exhibit at Flight Path’s main gallery spotlighting design features of the new LAX Bradley West international terminal expansion. The exhibit, presented in cooperation with Fentress Architects and Los Angeles World Airports, is scheduled to debut near the end of 2012 in advance of the planned opening of the terminal project in early 2013.

Flight Path is located in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Information, (424) 646-7284.

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