National Aviation Day, an annual salute first proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, will be celebrated with a special program Tuesday, August 19th, at the Flight Path Learning Center at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 Imperial Highway, Westchester. The public is invited and admission and parking are free.

The program will feature “Preserving Southern California’s Aviation Heritage,” an audiovisual presentation by Nissen Davis, a veteran airline and aerospace executive who currently serves as a director of Flight Path and the Southern California Aeronautic Association.


s will survey the collections and aircraft restoration programs under way at various local aviation museums.

Flight Path president Rowena Ake said those attending will receive a complimentary hardcover copy of Call Me Pat, the biography of Lawrence A. “Pat” Hyland, longtime head of Hughes Aircraft Company and close associate of its founder, Howard Hughes. The book was edited by aviation historian William A. Schoneberger.

“This event will be a unique learning experience,” said Ake. “Our speaker is a gold mine of information on Southern California air museums and our gift book is a real treasure.”

The program is part of Flight Path’s ongoing Speaker Series and year-long salute to the 80th anniversary of the founding of LAX.

National Aviation Day also commemorates the birthday of Orville Wright, the first to successfully pilot an airplane, with his brother Wilbur.

The Flight Path Learning Center and Museum is operated by nonprofit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency which operates LAX. The museum 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.