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Khrushchev Arrives in L.A.!

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Sept. 19, 1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev arrives in Los Angeles.

Sept. 19, 1959, Airport
Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Four tiers of scaffolding are set up for photographers and TV cameras, which are already in place. Khrushchev's travels required three aircraft: One for the Soviet leader and his entourage, another carrying the press and a third hauling luggage, The Times said. 

Sept. 19, 1959, Airport

Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Reporters and observers (is that Paul Coates  on the left?) stand along a chain-link fence, separated from the U.S. military plane carrying Khrushchev and his entourage. Because the State Department failed to send press credentials to Los Angeles in time, only reporters with LAPD press passes  were admitted, the Mirror-News reported.

Sept. 19, 1959, Airport Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Police Chief William H. Parker, center-right, inspects the Cadillac Fleetwood limousine that will carry Khrushchev to Twentieth Century Fox studios for lunch. The Cadillac (note the whip antenna on the rear bumper) was replaced with a Chrysler Imperial for Khrushchev's trip to the Ambassador Hotel.



Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev's Plane Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

With a row of officers lining the interior perimeter, a Chevrolet station wagon leads the plane carrying Khrushchev to the reception area. The aircraft is now at the Museum of Flight south of downtown Seattle.

Sept. 19, 1959, Flowers Photograph by Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Nina Khrushchev receives a bouquet of bird of paradise, the official flower of Los Angeles.

Sept. 19, 1959, Airport Photograph by Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

Khrushchev stands near a microphone that has been set up for him.
Sept. 19, 1959, Airport Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Khrushchev at the microphone.
 
Sept. 19, 1959, Airport Los Angeles Times file photo

Translator Oleg Troyanovsky, center, delivers remarks on behalf of Nikita Khrushchev as Nina Khrushchev listens. 

Sept. 19, 1959, Khrushchev, Hat
Photograph by Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Khrushchev waves his hat to the crowd.

Next stop: Twentieth Century Fox!

 
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