Exhibit Spotlights Legacy of LAX's "Mr. Airport"
The career and legacy of Clifton A. Moore, who served a record 25 years as Los Angeles International Airport's executive director, is saluted in a new exhibit in the LAX Flight Path Museum.
Moore was known as "Mr. Airport" to aviation professionals in tribute to his leadership in sharing management expertise among airports worldwide, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake. He won numerous awards for spearheading development of much of the present LAX terminal complex.
Flight Path's exhibit features the most significant of Moore's awards as well as renderings of the LAX terminal area as developed under Moore's supervision. Moore served as chief of construction during completion of the terminal complex in the late 1950s and early '60s. He was appointed executive director in 1968. He retired in 1993 and died in 2002 at age 80.
Mementos in the display were presented to the museum by his widow Betty Moore. Included are the Federal Aviation Administration Award for Extraordinary Service and FAA Certificate of Commendation, the Gen. James H. Doolittle Award, and the Airport Alliance Agreement signed by Moore and Los Angeles officials together with leaders of the South Korea International Airports Authority. Also included is a fully restored and mounted OX-5 vintage aircraft propeller presented to Moore on his retirement.
Complementing the mementos is an original oil painting, "LAX" The Jet Age Airport," by noted aviation artist Doug Ettridge. The painting depicts LAX in 1960 as the new terminals near completion. Other artwork shows the original concept of the arched LAX Theme Building. A focal point of the exhibit is large portrait of Moore at his desk in the airport administration building now named in his honor.
Flight Path is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of each month in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway. Admission and parking are free.
For more information call (310) 215-5291 or visit the Flight Path website at www.flightpath.us