Several members of the Tech3 leadership team – President Tim Polito, Director of Finance Renee Polito, and Director of Business Operations Erika Salvide – attended the Come Fly With Us: Lone Star Flight Museum 2016 Gala over the weekend! What an honor! It was the most highly-attended gala in their history, with more than 650 guests. Lone Star Flight Museum has a 30 year history showcasing the extraordinary aviation history of Texas and has been designated as the official Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. At their museum you can experience some of America’s legendary military aircrafts. Their flying collection of historic aircrafts and period artifacts provide a unique perspective of the technological development of the aviation industry. It serves to honor the legacy of outstanding Texas aviators and innovators, and acts as a tribute to those who bravely served our country.
Their black-tie Gala this past Saturday celebrated an exciting addition – after 30 years in Galveston, the Museum will be relocating to Houston’s Ellington Airport in 2017. Their new facility will feature an Aviation Learning Center, providing an interactive learning experience that focuses on STEM concepts essential to flight, from aerodynamics to climate science and air traffic control. The move will allow the museum to expand to a 130,000-square-foot facility and permanently display 40 historically significant aircrafts including a PT-17 Stearman and a T-41 Mescalero. Learn more.
The Gala also inducted six new members into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame during the ceremony. These included WWII hero Lt. Col. David H Dewhurst, the Connie Edwards stunt pilot family, popular air racing pilot Howard Pardue, the 1st President/pilot-President from Texas Dwight Eisenhower, NASA Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz, and pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who made an emergency landing over the Hudson River saving all passengers aboard. Former President Eisenhower’s great grandson, Merrill Atwater, concluded the evening by drawing names for four lucky door prize winners. Prizes included scale models of Museum airplanes, a flight in the Museum’s Doolittle Raiders B-25, and a flight in the Museum’s B-17 Thunderbird. All guests left the event with a free one-year membership to the Museum.
What an incredible event it was! Follow Lone Star Flight Museum on their Facebook page here.
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