A first of its kind event in Scottsdale is being held on November 10th, 2017, at the Scottsdale Airport.
Radio host Mike Broomhead will emcee the event with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane providing Veterans Day comments. The keynote speaker is legendary fighter pilot Captain Jerry Yellin, author of “The Last Fighter Pilot” and subject of an upcoming documentary. Captain Yellin flew the last combat mission over Japan in World War II.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial and DreamCatchers, a charity using volunteers from high schools and colleges all over the U.S. to fulfil the final dreams of hospice patients. The event will have various WWII military aircrafts, vehicles and 1940’s era cars on display, A great “Chow Line,” 1940’s style cocktails, delicious coffee concoctions, big band music and of course dancing will be featured. To compliment the mood and ambiance all attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s attire
The Venue - Ross Aviation’s south hangar at the Scottsdale Airport, which originally opened June 22nd, 1942, as Thunderbird Field II, an Army Air Corp training facility. Over AAC 5,500 pilots trained in the Stearman PT-17 aircraft. The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial will commemorate this rich history of the Scottsdale Airport and honor all Veterans. A Stearman PT-17 bi-plane, the kind that flew at Thunderbird Field II in the 40s, will be the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial.
The event will celebrate all Veterans as well as the birthday of the United States Marine Corp.
After comments by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, keynote speaker Capt. Yellin will dazzle you with his stories and feats of heroism. Afterwards, the event will feature a Live and Silent Auction and other opportunities for participants to support both, Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial and DreamCatchers.
Steve Ziomek, Chairman of Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial board said, “The Swing Time Gala at the Scottsdale Airport will capture the mood and ambiance of an era known for Big Bands, Swing Dancing and Men and Women serving their country” and went on to say, “Scottsdale was at the very heart of training Army Air Corp pilots for war and deserves to have a true Veterans Memorial that the community as a whole can be proud of.”
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