The popular Flight Path Speaker Series continues with spring and summer programs saluting two key milestones in aviation history, the 90th anniversary of the famed Goodyear blimps and the 100th anniversary of the founding of aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
A presentation on April 26, “Goodyear Blimps Yesterday and Today,” spotlights the Goodyear airships seen for many years in the Southern California skies, noted especially for hovering over the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years’ Day. Goodyear operations staff will be on hand to review the nine-decade history of this familiar aircraft, beginning with 1925’s first blimp up to and including the newly-launched “Wingfoot One.”
Boeing takes the spotlight at Flight Path on June 28 with “Boeing’s First Hundred Years,” a program marking the firm’s centennial of aircraft manufacturing. The presentation by corporate staff will include a review of Boeing’s most notable aircraft, including its first commercial jet, the 707, the iconic 747, the popular 737 and 777 and today’s 787 Dreamliner. Boeing remains a major manufacturer in Southern California, producing satellites, rockets and updated C-17 aircraft. A number of other companies in the Southland perform important subcontract work for Boeing.
The Flight Path Speaker Series moves into the fall season with a program keyed to military aviation plus a presentation and exhibition focused on aviation photography.
“My Friend Jimmy Doolittle” is the title of a September 20 program about the headline-making aviator of World War II. His friend and aide Don Penny will share memories of working with the general. Penny also served as an aide to President Gerald R. Ford.
The final program in this year’s Speaker Series will be “Aircraft in Focus,” an exhibition featuring the work of aviation photographer Jean-christophe Dick. The show opens with a presentation by the photographer on November 5 and continues for two weeks in Flight Path’s main gallery.
All Flight Path Speaker Series programs begin at 10 a.m. Admission and parking are free., awards. Other members are Rowena Ake, past president; Nissen Davis, Ron Kochevar, Bill Miller and Stephen Soukup.