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Jim Holtsclaw
Date: 6/19/2016 8:27:22 AM


The Boeing Centennial Committee will present a special program saluting a century of service by America’s leading aircraft manufacturer on Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free.

Dan Beck, Boeing communications executive and a second generation employee of the firm, will conduct the program, which will include the history of several aviation firms acquired by Boeing over the years. "I also will bring a local angle to it," said Beck, "as my father was an engineer with Boeing heritage company North American Aviation in the 1950's and 60's in Southern California."

Boeing’s 100 years have included the manufacture of both military and civilian aircraft, including the B-247, the first truly modern airliner; the legendary B-17 and B-29 bombers of World War II; the pioneering B-707 jetliner; the iconic B-747 jumbo jet; and today’s B-787 Dreamliner.

“The story of Boeing is inseparable from the history of Los Angeles International Airport,” said Lynne Adelman, Flight Path president. “Beginning with the Stratocruiser of the propeller era and continuing into the jet age, Boeing aircraft have been a major presence here at LAX.”

Boeing is headquartered in Chicago but has a significant manufacturing presence in Southern California, producing satellites in El Segundo, rockets in Huntington Beach and C-17 military transport aircraft in Long Beach. Nearby are a number of Boeing subcontractors.

The Flight Path Speaker Series will continue on September 20 with a memoir of famed World War II pilot Gen. Jimmy Doolittle and a special presentation and exhibition by aviation photographer Jean-christophe Dick of HNTB Corp., beginning November 5. More information on the Speaker Series is available on the museum website .

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