Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Flight Path Learning Center and Museum will salute the 50th anniversary of jet passenger service with a festive benefit Wednesday, October 7th in the Imperial Terminal on the airport’s south perimeter.
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey will be the featured speaker at the event, which will feature displays of a Boeing 707 and other vintage jet aircraft.
Themed “Salute to the Jet Age,” the event includes a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at Flight Path, 6661 W. Imperial Highway. More than 400 guests are expected. For reservations, (310) 215-5291.
The museum is a joint venture of the Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California, a nonprofit community group organized in 1995 to develop and promote the museum, and Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX. The salute is Flight Path’s 13th annual fund-raiser.
Each gala features presentation of the Clay Lacy and Charles “Pete” Conrad scholarships to students planning careers in aviation or aerospace. The competitive selections are made by panels of aviation professionals.
“Education is the heart of our work at Flight Path,” said Rowena Ake, Flight Path president.
The evening’s entertainment will feature the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders jazz combo. Guests will have an opportunity to view aviation memorabilia and flight simulators in the museum and vintage aircraft on the tarmac, including the museum’s historic DC-3. Also featured will be a special photo exhibit of historic Hangar No. 1, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The hangar is the last remaining original structure on the airport.
Flight Path’s galleries feature an array of memorabilia, including current and vintage aircraft models, airline pilot and flight attendant uniforms from Pan Am, TWA and other carriers, and classic photos of aviation pioneers and airport history. An on-site research library was formally dedicated last year in honor of William A. Schoneberger, noted aviation historian and author.
Information, (310) 215-5291 or www.flightpath.us/.