Aviation author and historian William A. Schoneberger was recently recognized with a new research library named in his honor at the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Dedication ceremonies were conducted at Flight Path in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 Imperial Highway, Westchester.

The library will serve those researching the history and development of airlines, aircraft manufacturers, engine design and equipment, airports and aerospace firms. The library also includes a large collection of aviation biographies, periodicals, and technical manuals, said Flight Path president Rowena Ake.

“We named the library for Bill Schoneberger to spotlight his importance as an author of numerous aviation books and articles,” said Ake. “We also recognize his key role as a co-founder of Flight Path and longtime member of our board of directors.”

Schoneberger has written or co-authored books, including California Wings: A History of Aviation in the Golden State; Damn If They Ain’t Flew!, with anecdotes of early flight; A Symbol of Los Angeles, an illustrated history of the landmark LAX Theme Building; and Call Me Pat, a biography of Howard Hughes confidant Pat Hyland.

Schoneberger has contributed articles to aviation journals and other publications. He is former head of public affairs for Northrop Aviation and the General Electric Aircraft Engine Group, and he operated his own Malibu-based public relations firm until recently.

Now retired, Schoneberger lives in Santa Barbara.

The William A. Schoneberger Research Library is open during Flight Path operating hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the LAX Imperial Terminal, but it is recommended that researchers confirm availability of materials and staff assistance by calling Flight Path at (310) 215-5291.

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