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Westchester in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Flight Path

Aviation Walk of Honor

 
 
P-51D Mustang image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 14, 2018
1. P-51D Mustang
Inscription.  
North American P-51D Mustang

The etching above, taken from an illustration by artist Jean-Luc Beghin, depicts a P-51 Mustang cockpit. The airplane was designed and manufactured in only 100 days by North American Aviation located in El Segundo in 1940. North American Aviation produced a total of 15,000 P-51 Mustang planes which played an important strategic role in World War II. The P-51 Mustang is only one of many airplanes which were manufactured within the local region and signify the importance of the Southern California connection to aviation ingenuity and history.

The Aviation Rotunda

The F/A-18 silhouetted sculpture and its P-51 cockpit represent the design and production mastery of three Southern California aeronautical giants: Northrop Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, and Rockwell (North American).
F/A-18 silhouette art: Ben Baron and Ron Menashe, Charisma Design Studio, Inc.
P-51 cockpit: Jean-Luc Beghin.
Aviation Rotunda design: John Wesley Killen.
Flight Path and the Aeronautic Learning and Science Center are being developed by the Flight Path Learning
The Aviation Rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 14, 2018
2. The Aviation Rotunda
Center of Southern California.
Public art made possible by H. B. Drollinger Co. through its Westchester Village development.

Flight Path Learning Center

A walk through history, Flight Path honors people and places making the United States the world leader in aeronautics.
This rotunda symbolizes Southern California contributions to aviation/aerospace progress. The Flight Path highlights aeronautical history through plaques and exhibits where much of the world's aeronautical progress was achieved.
The initial plaques at four points of the compass honor names of world-famous Southern Californians who left indelible marks in aeronautical progress. Five plaques embedded along Sepulveda Boulevard make up the original group of Flight Path honorees.
The landing pattern of LAX, one of the world's busiest airports, is clearly visible. Aircraft from everywhere on the globe routinely arrive here, carrying passengers from every state and foreign land.
 
Erected 1996 by Flight Path Learning Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceIndustry & CommerceWar, World II.
 
Location. 33° 57.398′ N, 118° 23.789′ W. Marker is in Westchester, California
Flight Path Learning Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 14, 2018
3. Flight Path Learning Center
, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Sepulveda Boulevard south of La Tijera Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Located in the shopping center parking lot, near the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8813 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Trans-Polar Air Route (approx. 1.8 miles away); Eagle Squadrons (approx. 1.8 miles away); Capt. Lou Lenart, USMC (Ret.) (approx. 1.8 miles away); SV-5D Lifting Body (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Lugo Ranch (approx. 3 miles away); Marina Del Rey Small Craft Harbor (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Helmsman (approx. 3.2 miles away); Dockweiler Hang Gliding Center (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Flight Path. The Flight Path Museum and Learning Center is located three miles south, in the former LAX Imperial Terminal, at 6661 W. Imperial Highway, open Tue-Sat 10-3.
 
Also see . . .  Flight Path. Aviation Walk of Fame map, photos, and honoree names, on the museum website. (Submitted on September 24, 2020.) 
 
F/A-18 Sculpture, P-51 Cockpit image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, December 4, 2018
4. F/A-18 Sculpture, P-51 Cockpit
Flight Path Honoree, John K. Northrop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 14, 2018
5. Flight Path Honoree, John K. Northrop
Flight Path Honoree, Donald W. Douglas image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 14, 2018
6. Flight Path Honoree, Donald W. Douglas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2019. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on September 24, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 15, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 24, 2020