A group of active and retired airport employees is scheduled to kick off the 80th anniversary celebration for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Thursday, April 10th, by sharing their memories of LAX.
The program, “Living Legends of Aviation,” is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Learning Center in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Westchester. Admission and parking are free.
This is the first in a series of anniversary events presented by Flight Path and Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency which operates LAX.
The events will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Los Angeles City Council’s 1928 selection of Mines Field, now LAX, as the city’s municipal airport, Flight Path president Rowena Ake said.
Panelists who are scheduled to attend include Jack Gardner, who as a senior airport executive helped welcome Pope John Paul II, President Gerald Ford and astronaut Neil Armstrong to LAX; airport information specialist Ethel Pattison, sharing memories of her 52 years at LAX; and Roy Wolford, who as a young aviator parachuted at the airport when it was known as Mines Field and still works as a traveler’s aid volunteer at age 92.
Panel moderator Ian Gregor is a regional public affairs officer for the Federal Aviation Administration and a former aviation news reporter.
“Each of our panelists is a gold mine of information about the history of this airport,” said Ake. “We look forward to hearing their fascinating stories of how today’s LAX came to be.”
Other anniversary activities scheduled later this year include community movie nights featuring classic aviation films, an airport-themed float in the annual Westchester Community Parade, an open-air vendor fair showcasing airport businesses, and Flight Path’s annual Gala XII celebration. Dates and more information on each event will be announced at a later date.
The nonprofit Flight Path operates the learning center and museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free.
Information, (310) 215-5291.