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, the City agency which operates LAX. The salute is Flight Path's 12th annual fundraiser. Emphasizing Flight Path's educational mission, 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, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake.
"Education is the heart of our work at Flight Path," said Ake. "We want our guests to appreciate this while they have an enjoyable evening."
Dinner will be served outside under a big tent with an amazing view of the airfield. The evening's entertainment will feature The LAX Idol group on-stage, the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders jazz combo on the patio, and the Beach Cities Swing Band for after-dinner dancing. Guests also 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.
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 earlier this year in honor of William A. Schoneberger, noted aviation historian and author.
The Flight Path Learning Center and Museum is situated in the Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free. For driving and parking directions and other information call (310) 215-5291.