Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Interesting Oddities

It's perhaps unkind to call an entire (small) museum an "oddity" but there is certainly no insult intended!

The Flight Path Museum, located at 6661 W. Imperial Highway, just south of LAX, was developed to show how it used to be - commercial flying in Olden Days (i.e. pre terrorists and 911.)

I was intrigued by the old pilot and flight attendant outfits -- people WERE much smaller then! And I loved the china, glass and silver settings used in First. Although to be fair, today's Firsts have (finally) abandoned the plastic cutlery. Men may prefer models of various types of airplanes or hands on with some of the mapping devices.

The museum has a new exhibit and it's LAX Police Department "stuff." The airport police are in addition to the TSA and customs agents. So don't try to pull any fancy stuff at the airport.

El Al, as trusting as ever, has their own police department. When an El Al flight lands at LAX, there are snipers on building rooftops and two black SUVs roar down the runway behind the plane. Since the museum overlooks the south runway (we saw the A380 when Qantas began flights from there) you may get a chance to see an El Al flight come in.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Make a day of it -- visit the museum in the morning and then go to next door El Segundo and have lunch at one of the many good restaurants there.

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