Airline collectible show and United Airlines DC-8-52 in Los Angeles

The Saturday before last I attended an airline collectible & memorabilia show in Los Angeles and then took a side-trip to the California Science Center to visit the United Airlines DC-8-52 on display.

a group of people in a room

I arrived at the show shortly after it opened at 9:00am and made a couple of passes through the various tables. The vendors had an enormous amount of safety cards, ticket jackets, baggage tags, pins, model aircraft, postcards, and photographs/slides. I have a collection of amenity kits, airline seat maps and glassware for which I was hoping to grow, but was surprised at the lack of these items at the show. It was still a fun experience and I picked up a few vintage ticket jackets (Braniff, Eastern & Pan Am) and first class bag tags. They were also giving out a former show’s bag as an entry gift, so picked up a nifty Dallas 2008 Airline Collectible shoulder bag.

a display case with various pins and badges

a man sitting on a couch talking on a phone

Yours truly on a DL L1011 seat

a cardboard cutout of a woman holding a sign

Then it was on to the California Science Center. A representative there commented on my recent Vintage Airline Seat Map post stating that they will soon be including a “DC-8 page†to their website as there currently is no mention of the United aircraft on display. Here’s a short photo & video summary of my visit to the aged aircraft.




  1. Sorry everyone, there was a problem with the video. (I knew I should have splurged on the inflight WiFi & gotten it fixed earlier). Should be good to go now!

  2. I have 10 tall drink glasses, 4 roly-poly glasses, 16 small stemed glasses and 9 large stemed glasses all perfect and with logos. Make Offer.

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