Let’s Keep them Flying! The 2019 honorary annual gala benefiting The Palm Springs Air Museum takes place on Friday, February 15 at 5:30 PM inside two of the museum’s 20,000 square foot hangars. If you want to meet real heroes, and have a real good time, too, then this is the place to be!
The Palm Springs Air Museum is a privately funded educational non-profit living history and flying museum. Encompassing 86,000 square feet, the Museum has four hangars for display space, with 59+ flying and static aircraft in inventory. Items include a flying P-51 Mustang from World War Two, a flying T-33 Shooting Star jet from the Korea and Vietnam conflicts, and an F-16 jet. CNN Travel named us the 14th best aviation museum in the world and # 5 in the United States behind the Smithsonian and The Space & The Air Force Museum. Several of the vintage aircraft fly, and most of the large warbird collection remains in flyable condition. All revenue comes from tax-deductible donations as allowed by law, memberships, special events, and admissions.
This year, for its 22nd Anniversary, The Palm Springs Air Museum will be honoring veterans from across the decades: Our Veterans, Our Freedom, Our Home. The theme is The Sands of Time: From Casablanca to D-Day: Rendezvous with History. Our celebrity guest host is Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Joe Mantegna, currently starring in Criminal Minds on CBS-TV. Entertainment for the evening is a major headliner! (name couldn’t be released until after publication deadline)
Our diverse Honorees representing The Sands of Time are:
World War II:
Bud Anderson – (96 years old) Colonel USAAF 1942-1972 – P-51 ACE, Ret.
Richard Thomas – (100 years old) Staff Sgt. USA – Battle of the Bulge, Ret.
Marvin Cohn – (106 years old) RM2, USN – Ret.
World War II and Vietnam:
Robin Olds – WWll Triple Ace/Vietnam Bolo Operation – Brig. Gen, USAF, Ret.
The Gulf War:
Mark Fox – Vice Admiral, USN, Ret
War on Terror:
Clinton Romesha – Staff Sgt., USA, Ret. – Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
The Boundaries of Air & Space:
Hoot Gibson – Capt., USN, Ret.
Kirsten Hansen – F-15 Pilot – LCDR, USN
Cocktails and appetizers start at 5:30 PM inside the Pacific Hangar, and then attendees will go into the new Gen. Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar for the gala dinner, program, and entertainment. Sponsorships are available at $25,000 and below, and individual tickets are $395. Dress is military uniform or black tie. Event chairs are Lisa Bell, Marguerita Maassen-Gilbertson, and Linsey Moore-Vandenbos. Palmspringsairmuseum.org/gala or call Carol at 760-482-1836.