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Tribute Planned for Honorary Service Award Winners

Major contributors to the Southern California aviation and airport community will be honored in a beautiful new display area in the Westchester business district north of Los Angeles International Airport. Flight Path is working in cooperation with Drollinger Properties to create the site in the Ralphs shopping center on Sepulveda Boulevard where names of honorees will be inscribed.
The Flight Path Board of Directors has unanimously approved the first three Honorary Service Awards, according to Rowena Ake, Flight Path president. They are the Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX, the late Howard B. Drollinger and the late David Tallichet.
A tribute ceremony will take place when the new display area is completed in early 2014.”Our criterion for this recognition,” explained Ake, “is that each honoree has provided significant contributions or services for the advancement of the Southern California airport community.”
The Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX has for many years welcomed military service personnel enroute to or from their assignments. The USO staff provides information, recreation and other assistance for these men and women, many of whom are unfamiliar with LAX and the Los Angeles area.
Howard B. Drollinger operated a property management firm in the LAX area. He was a key developer of Westchester’s upgraded Sepulveda Boulevard “gateway” to the airport, including shopping, parking and other amenities of benefit to travelers and area residents. Mr. Drollinger was a faithful supporter of Flight Path and the preservation of Southern California’s aviation heritage.
David Tallichet was owner-operator of a group of restaurants, including the iconic Proud Bird adjacent to the LAX south runway complex. Under Mr. Tallichet’s direction, the Proud Bird became a showcase of aviation history, including replicas and models of significant aircraft on the grounds plus a large collection of aviation photos and other memorabilia inside the restaurant. Mr. Tallichet also was a strong supporter of Flight Path and its educational mission.
The Honorary Service Awards are a supplement to Flight Path’s exisiting Aviation Walk of Fame on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester. The 51 bronze plaques on the Aviation Walk of Fame honor aviation pioneers and innovators, many with a connection to Southern California.