rport (LAX) Flight Path Museum will celebrate its first anniversary Wednesday, September 29th, with a benefit showcasing the museum’s newly expanded exhibit areas.
More than 300 guests are expected at the event, “Come Fly With Us” in the LAX Imperial Terminal on the airport’s south perimeter.
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 facility, and Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency which operates LAX.
“Come Fly With Us” is Flight Path’s eighth annual fund-raiser.
Ticket information is available at (310) 215-5291.
The event will emphasize Flight Path’s educational mission.
The Pete Conrad Scholarship will be given to Graciela Quintanilla, a student at Southern Illinois University’s Walnut, California campus who plans a career in aviation or aerospace.
She was selected competitively by a panel of aviation professionals.
Special honorees will include:
n Clay Lacy, pioneer in TV/movie aerial photography and owner of a jet charter service at Van Nuys Airport;
n Barbara Erickson London, the only World War II WASP pilot to receive the Air Medal; and
n the late Peggy G. Hereford, the former LAX public relations director who blazed a trail for women in the previously male world of airport public relations.
Their names will be inscribed on Flight Path sidewalk plaques to be placed along Sepulveda Boulevard near LAX, joining other aviation pioneers already memorialized there.
“We are keeping formalities to a minimum,” said Flight Path President Rowena Ake.
“The brief program and the international buffet-style dinner will encourage guests to move around, enjoying our newly expanded gallery and exhibits.”
Greeting guests with Ake will be honorary co-chairs Betty and Si Robin. Si Robin, vice president of Sensor Systems, is credited with innovative designs of aircraft navigation antennae.
Flight Path exhibits feature aviation memorabilia, including airline pilot and flight attendant uniforms from Pan American, TWA and other airlines.
A mural salutes the Centennial of Flight and the 75th anniversary of LAX. A collection of Hughes-Boeing communications satellite models also is displayed along with numerous aircraft models and photos.
The Flight Path Learning Center and Museum is in the Imperial Terminal, 6661 Imperial Highway and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of every month.
Admission and parking are free. Driving and parking directions and other information are available at (310) 215-5291.