Story and Images by Pat Krause
The Palm Springs Air Museum held its annual Gala with the theme, TOP GUN, this yr. The Gala honors the Better of the Finest by naming 8 TOP GUN heroes from all companies as recipients. The cocktail occasion was held in the principle hangar the place friends may go outdoors to see all of the planes displayed there. The gala dinner began with the Presentation of the Colours by the Desert Sizzling Springs Marine Corps Junior ROTC. The Nationwide Anthem was sung with everybody standing with their palms over their hearts singing together with the singer.
Fred Bell, Managing Director, gave the welcoming speech. He mentioned he was so amazed that the occasion was held within the new Basic Miles Hangar that only a
brief eight years in the past was a rock-filled lot. He mentioned the hanger was constructed by over 600 volunteers and that the hangar and all its contents couldn’t have been completed with out their hours and hours of assist. He requested for applause to honor all of the volunteers that gave over 80,000 hours of their time to the Air Museum.
Different audio system included Fred Noble and Chairman of the Board Dan Gilbertson. The particular visitor was actor Tom Skerritt who was certainly a celeb as he walked among the many friends chatting with them and mentioned he was so proud to satisfy all of the veterans and heroes attending. It was famous there have been 3 Tuskegee Airmen together with over 600 friends for the gala and that Mayor Robert Moon nonetheless match into his uniform. Leisure was offered by The Firm Males who thrilled the friends with hits of yesteryear like, My Woman; Smoke Will get in Your Eyes and That Loving Feeling.
2018 honorees had been Capt. US Navy Ret. and astronaut, Alan Bean, Captain US Navy Ret. Jim Dimatteo, Colonel US Air Drive Ret. Jon Goldenbaum, Main Basic US Air Drive Ret. Pat J. Halloran, Captain US Navy Ret. Dan Pedersen, Congressional Medal of Honor and Grasp Sargeant US Arm Ret. Leroy Petry, CDR Jacob Rosales, and Entrepreneur/Aviator Extraordinaire Clay Lacy. These Heroes had been honored as The Better of the Finest for his or her service. Every was honored with a video of their lives and a presentation for his or her awards.
The Air Museum is proud to have the ability to train our younger kids about aviation. They bus kids from numerous colleges into the Museum, Feed them lunch and train them the historical past of Aviation and our Wars. They’ve proven over 6000 kids with an schooling program that’s the finest bar none as a result of they meet with the docents who lived the experiences and may inform their tales. Youngsters can get on a aircraft and see what it’s wish to be a pilot or within the navy. It’s a hands-on schooling and one the kids always remember. They will pilot a aircraft on a pc and study extra a few system they know. Understanding our historical past and the wars we fought will perhaps deter futures wars.