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Speaker Series: Rich Abele – Antarctic adventures

The Flight Path Museum LAX will kick-off its 2023 Speaker Series on February 11 with a presentation by global adventurer Rich Abele recounting his travels to a remote airstrip in Antarctica to mark the 100th anniversary of the first expedition to reach the South Pole. The program will begin at 10 am with free admission and parking.

Abele, a veteran aerospace professional and US Navy veteran, flew to Antarctica to commemorate the centennial of Norwegian explorer Roaold Amundsen’s historic expedition.  Abele’s Flight Path presentation will include photos of his struggles on the ice with an inoperable aircraft and his other adventures in reaching the South Pole.

Abele is a former aerospace contract and export compliance professional. He also served in the US Navy and Navy Reserve, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring with the rank of Captain.  

An avid outdoor adventurer and former marathoner, Abele traveled to and ran on seven continents and continues to explore distant lands.  In addition to his South Pole and Kazakhstan exploits, Abele cruised the North Pole in an icebreaker and transited the Northwest Passage in Canada. He currently serves as a tour guide and training instructor aboard the Battleship USS Iowa Museum at the Port of Los Angeles.

February 11, 2003 at 10:00am at the Flight Path Museum. Regular museum ticket prices in effect. No reservations required, though a ticket purchased for February 11 on the website will be honored for earlier access to the Speaker Series. Members free.