Come Fly With Me – Visiting Flight Path Learning Center

When Frank Sinatra sang “Come fly with me” it meant something special. Fun, adventure, and, yes, maybe love was the destination. Now it just means frustration. Security checks, cramped seats, stale air, lost luggage…ugh. Come fly with you? No thanks.

But even though those heady days in the clouds are long gone there is a place that offers a glimpse into that storied past. It’s the Flight Path Learning Center – Museum at LAX.

Betcha didn’t know there was a museum at LAX. Neither did I until a few years ago when it was a stop on a tour I was attending. I instantly fell in love and finally made it back for a second visit yesterday. Luckily, it was as great as I remembered.

Located on the south side of the airport the museum is housed in an old terminal building. This large space provides ample room for the aviation treasures the museum holds. Exhibits on the history of flight, the original five LAX carriers (United, American, Western, Pan Am, and TWA), the future of the airport, World War II aircraft and so much more is available for viewing. Here’s a glimpse of what you will find –

baggage through the years




space age dinnerware – love it, want it


nice hat


yes, there was photographic proof the parasol was used


love the detail on the hat!
I want sun goggles!


oohh, fancy


free cigarettes


wartime aviation


I want this coat!


and this one!


made of paper, yes, paper!
I wish I had been at the World’s Fair


nice duds!


love the TWA detail


so cute!


one of many, many uniforms on display


the chaf in the right corner was used to disrupt enemy planes


Western Airlines, I wish I remembered you


that mannequin belongs in a Robert Palmer video


up, up and away!

Lots and lots of cool stuff. And I’ve saved the best for last. The museum also has a DC-3 airplane that on view. It was built in the 1940’s and originally used as a commuter plane. Eventually it was purchased by Union 76 and used as a private jet until it was retired in the 1980’s. And the best part? You can go inside!

It’s at such a steep angle that you get totally dizzy when you go inside. But go inside you must for it is awesome!

And how much do you think it costs to view all these amazing artifacts? How about nothing? Yup, admission is totally free!

Flight Path Learning Center – Museum
6661 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA
open Tues-Sat 10-3

1 Comment

  1. Rina June 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Perfect field trip for kids! Thanks for posting. I am sure few people know about this gem.

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