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LAX Flight Path Museum: An Exclusive Reopening Sneak-Preview!

The LAX Flight Path Museum has been going through a spectacular renovation to get set for reopening as soon as the COVIDsituation is stabilized.

Exciting activities have been taking place at this Los Angeles’ premier aviation attraction, all while we have been hunkering in place during the coronavirus crisis.

The attraction has been upgraded to make sure AvGeeks should drool from admiration once the famous place located at LAX Airport is reopening its doors.

Exterior facelift

LAX Flight path Museum remodeling for reopening, outside

Upon arrival, the first thing you will notice is the exterior upgrade of the museum. Newly landscaped grounds feature colorful drought resistant foliage and irrigation systems.

Ending up with a clean, contemporary look the work required landscape planning and heavy equipment grading. The latest shrubs with sprinklers were installed, and beautiful native rocks blend in with the landscape.

Take 5 Patio Lounge

The Take 5 Patio Lounge received a redo with brand new plants and artistic rock gardens, which makes the patio a welcoming and pleasant space.

Here you can take in the vibes of the museum as well as a tranquil beat of the LAX airport grounds with tables, seating, umbrellas, and let’s not forget the ocean breezes.

Inside remodel

Galleries, display cases, mannequins, and artifacts first had to be cleared out of the way for the remodel. The work-crew consisted of museum staff and volunteers.

Long-time museum associates Steve and Reni Soukup, Kevin Burciaga, and Tom Ohliger installed casters and painted the display cases. The casters will allow the accommodation of special events.

The Museum galleries and the Celebrity Hall were completely re-carpeted, new baseboards were put in, and walls received a fresh coat of paint.

The LAX Flight Path Museum also got help from LAWA (Los AngelesWorld Airports) Sr. Painter Paul Kennedy, who coordinated the work for professional results.

New Photography Exhibit of Western Airlines

Western Airlines memorabilia pictures

Western Airlines video

For those of you who remember the airline slogan “the only way to fly”, you should be excited to learn that the museum will be presenting a brand new photography exhibit of Western Airlines!

YouTube.

Western Airlines was founded in 1926 with a sole airmail route between Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. The airline eventually grew to a fleet consisting of 78 aircraft flying to 56 destinations primarily within the Western United States. Western merged with Delta Airlines in 1986. and was fully absorbed as Delta on April 1, 1987.

Vahan Skenderian, a former LAWAS, and Western Airlines employee, donated his 8″ x 10″ Western Airlines photo collection to Flight Path.

Thanks to a scan of the pictures you can view them online here.

The results of the remodel

“The Museum now looks fresh and welcoming for when our visitors can return!”

Agnes Huff, PhD, President, Flight Path Museum LAX.

After reopening the visitors will find most galleries re-staged and refreshed to present an updated visitor experience.

LAX Flight Path reopening

A future Grand Reopening celebration is in the plans for as soon as a date can be set after the pandemic is over.

Funding

The Los Angeles Flight Path Museum is a non-profit organization, relying heavily on volunteers and donations.

LAX Flight path Museum volunteers

The Online Duty Free Gift Shop is Flight Path’s major source of funding. Supporter-purchases are highly appreciated.

Just like many other non-profit organizations, the pandemic has placed the museum at a large deficit. Admission, event space rental, in-person programs, and fundraising have come to a stop. 

For a tax-deductible donation of $75 (or more), the organization will send you its Flight Path insulated cooler bag:

gift shop Flight Path Museum
Flight Path Insulated Cooler Bag.

Message from Agnes Huff, PhD, President of Flight Path Museum

President and former flight attendant Agnes Huff, Ph.D. said,

lax flight path reopening, message from Agnes Huff

Featured Image: LAX Flight Path Museum Staff.

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