Six new plaques for the aviation “walk of fame” on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester were dedicated recently at the Flight Path Museum at Los Angeles International Airport. Each honoree is credited with a significant contribution to the advancement of aviation.
Honored at the ceremony were Gen. Kevin P. Chilton (U.S. Air Force-retired), NASA astronaut and former head of the U.S. Strategic Command; Iris Cummings Critchell, aviation educator and World War II Woman Air Force Service Pilot (WASP); the late Robert W. Prescott, founder of the all-cargo Flying Tiger Line; Frank Robinson, pioneer helicopter designer and manufacturer; Burt Rutan, aircraft and spacecraft designer; and the late Robert Six, airline industry innovator and visionary.
Chilton was the featured speaker at the event.
Honorees were selected by the board of directors of Flight Path, a locally based nonprofit organization that operates the museum in cooperation with the airport’s community relations office. Addition of the new plaques brings the total to 51 since the program began, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake.
The “wall of fame” plaque project began in 1995 with ceremonies in Westchester.