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In November 2002 the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners officially authorized Flight Path to operate an educational facility and museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal. During the next year, Flight Path refurbished the terminal with major support from Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency which operates LAX. The initial focus of the facility is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of LAX and the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.
Flight Path was founded in 1995 as a non-profit, community-based organization to honour aviation pioneers, recognize the economic importance of aviation and aerospace to Southern California, and encourage youth to pursue education and careers in aviation-related fields. The kickoff project was a series of sidewalk plaques in the LAX business district saluting aviation pioneers, organizations and locations. This "Flight Path" is the aviation equivalent of the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame. Flight Path hosts an annual gala fundraising dinner when additional pioneers are honoured and youth scholarships presented.

With the opening of the Learning Center, Flight Path now has an opportunity to reach thousands of residents and visitors to Los Angeles with historical exhibits, educational tours and programs, research facilities and community events. Unique among the fine aviation museums in Southern California is the Flight Path Learning Center, the only aviation museum and research centre situated at a major airport and the only facility with a primary emphasis on contributions of civil aviation to the history and development of Southern California. The Flight Path exhibits gallery, filled with memories of aviation's golden years, is adjacent to the LAX airfield, where today's aircraft and travellers arrive and depart the world's busiest origin and destination airport. No other museum offers such a perspective on contemporary aircraft and aviation.

Flight Path currently features a panoramic mural saluting the 100th anniversary of flight and the 75th anniversary of Los Angeles International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency that operates LAX. A spectacular, custom designed mural includes authentic historic photographs from Southern California's formative years of aviation through the 21st Century.

The Main Gallery includes models, photographs, uniforms and other artifacts highlighting the role of airlines, aircraft manufacturers, aerospace companies, and the airport in the history of Southern California. Many items are from private collections, never before on public display.

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Its flagship display is the Douglas DC-3-G202A (factory number – 3269) N760. This ex TWA aircraft NC1944 was delivered to TWA on January 26, 1941 and became fleet-number 385. She retired from TWA during 1950 with a total flight time of 34.259 hours without any accidents or accidents. She was then sold to Pacific Aircraft Sales Company as N1944 and later to Union Oil Company who changed the registration to N760. Last flight for N760 was on May 27th 1982 with a grand total of 47.665 flight hours. After being on display at the California State Museum of Science and Industry in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, it moved to the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne and finally to the Flight Path Museum in Sept 2006.

Source and information: http://flightpathmuseum.com/

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