The Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has scheduled a book signing event Tuesday, March 17th for "Los Angeles International Airport," which tells of the airport's history and features previously unpublished photographs.
Co-authors Ethel Pattison and Lee Nichols will autograph copies of the book at the event scheduled from noon to 3 p.m., at Flight Path in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 Imperial Highway, Westchester. Admission and parking are free.
The book is available at Flight Path, at major book retailers and from on-line book vendors.
The book tells of how LAX began as a simple landing strip in a bean patch known as Mines Field and grew over the next 80 years to become one of the most important air transportation centers on the West Coast, the authors explain.
The soft cover 128-page volume is based on the research of aviation historian William A. Schoneberger and co-authored by Pattison, longtime LAX archivist, and Nichols, executive director of Flight Path. The book was developed by Flight Path in cooperation with Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of the publisher's "Images of Aviation" series.
The book features photos of great moments and personalities in LAX history, according to Flight Path president Rowena Ake. These include Charles A. Lindbergh on a surprise visit to the airport following his famed trans-Atlantic solo flight, legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart at the 1936 Air Races in Los Angeles, and the Beatles arriving to a welcome from hysterical fans in the 1960s.
"Many of today's travelers don't realize that the airport has been at the heart of local history for many years," said Ake. "This book restores a sense of pride in a place we often take for granted."
Other photos show crowds gathered for the airport's official dedication in 1930, daredevil pilots and their aircraft at early air shows, camouflaging and other tight security at the field during World War II, development of the "jet age" terminal complex in the late 1950s, construction in preparation for the 1984 Olympic Games, and LAX at it appears today.
Visible in several of the book's photos is the airport's Hangar No. 1, built in 1929 and the only surviving structure from the original Mines Field era. The hangar now is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument.