Located on the grounds of LAX, the Flight Path Learning Center & Museum is a true hidden gem which kids and adults can both enjoy.
Even with all the pictures posted here there is still a lot more to see.
The staff there is super friendly and very welcoming.
Personally, I love being able to show the kids what air travel was like when I was a kid and getting an idea of what air travel was like before I was born.
The displays of uniforms, instruments, old airport artifacts and vintage luggage brought back many fond memories of traveling back when passengers were served by stewardesses and everyone carried little vinyl airline bags.
The Flight Path Museum holds an extensive collection of memorabilia related specifically to LAX and since Los Angeles has enjoyed a long love affair with aviation and LAX itself is the 6th busiest airport in the world so there is a lot of history to tell.
ake sure you check out the wall of fame with black and white photos of famous passengers over the years like Mohammad Ali on his way to the Olympics.
Not surprisingly, the kids’ favorite part was being able to climb into the cockpit of a vintage DC 3 twin prop commercial airliner.
Aviation buffs will enjoy the unobstructed view of the runway, free binoculars and the sound of live air traffic control.
The sheer amount of artifacts is astounding. From instruments, terminal seating, log books, air race tickets to dishes and travel posters they have it all.
You will be very impressed with their attention to the little details. There is a radio call sign list at the observation stand so you can understand what they are saying and a translation for the Japanese writing and symbols on the back of the leather flight jacket from the real Flying Tigers famous for their heroics in the pacific.
They even put a vintage deck of cards in the drawers on the DC 3.
The place is called a learning center for a reason. They have a whole room dedicated to flight simulators where special classes are held to teach ages 12 and up about flying.
While there, we also learned about the symbols on the control tower and the very rare El Segudo Butterfly only found on the dunes between the end of the runway and Dockweiler beach.
They also host lectures on all things related to commercial flight.
One room is dedicated to flight simulators for ages 12 and up
All in all it is a great place the whole family will enjoy.
One interesting note is the winged woman sculpture which used to sit atop of air traffic control had to be dressed in real clothes because she was revealing way too much for ground level.
There is a station where kids can use rubber stamps and pens to write postcards which the museum will mail to them.
Rose also scored a lot of cool swag you can see in the pictures.
The coloring book they gave the kids folds out to be a map with puzzles and has directions for turning it into paper airplanes
For events check out their site http://www.flightpath.us/visiting.htm
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 3 pm.
Parking is easy and free too!
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