High-Flying Gala

Lone Star Flight Museum has loads to celebrate including new $35 million home

Lone Star Flight Museum celebrates aviation legends and new home

Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Barry Hunsaker, Linda Hunsaker, Karen Rozzell, Scott Rozzell
Gala chairs: Barry Hunsaker, Linda Hunsaker, Karen Rozzell, Scott Rozzell. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Bobbie Nau, John Nau
Bobbie Nau, John Nau. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Brenda Watts, Marc Watts
Brenda Watts, Marc Watts. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 George Hanks, Angela Joubert, Cedric Joubert
George Hanks, Angela Joubert, Cedric Joubert. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Skyler Schawe, Katy Schawe, Melissa Shrewsbury, Ben Shrewsbury
Skyler Schawe, Katy Schawe, Melissa Shrewsbury, Ben Shrewsbury. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Freya Shiller, Steve Shiller, Russell Thorstenberg, Carolyn Pardue
Freya Shiller, Steve Shiller, Russell Thorstenberg, Carolyn Pardue. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Gene Dewhurst, David Dewhurst, Don Dewhurst
Gene Dewhurst, David Dewhurst, Don Dewhurst. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Lisa Simon, Jerry Simon
Lisa Simon, Jerry Simon. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Patrick Mikkelsen, Taylor Rhodes
Patrick Mikkelsen, Taylor Rhodes . Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Rene Largo, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey, Mark Schaverien.
 Rene Largo, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey, Mark Schaverien. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Gayle Bentsen, Lloyd Bentsen
Gayle Bentsen, Lloyd Bentsen. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Barry Hunsaker, Linda Hunsaker, Karen Rozzell, Scott Rozzell
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Bobbie Nau, John Nau
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Brenda Watts, Marc Watts
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 George Hanks, Angela Joubert, Cedric Joubert
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Skyler Schawe, Katy Schawe, Melissa Shrewsbury, Ben Shrewsbury
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Freya Shiller, Steve Shiller, Russell Thorstenberg, Carolyn Pardue
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Gene Dewhurst, David Dewhurst, Don Dewhurst
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Lisa Simon, Jerry Simon
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Patrick Mikkelsen, Taylor Rhodes
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Rene Largo, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey, Mark Schaverien.
Lone Star Flight Museum gala 5/16 Gayle Bentsen, Lloyd Bentsen

What: Lone Star Flight Museum gala.

Where: A swank private hangar at Hobby International Airport.

The scoop: A record of more than 650 black-tie attired guests poured into the ultimate private jet hangar where six aviators from across the country were inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame by John Nau, chairman of the Texas Historical Commission and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors. They were the late Lt. Col. David Dewhurst, the Connie Edwards family, the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gene Kranz, the late Howard Pardue, and Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. 

With opening of the new $35 million Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field slated for 2017, excitement ran high as guests socialized between the collection of vintage aircraft on display and sat down for dinner by A Fare Extraordinaire. (Guests were crazy for the French almond pear tart designed like a propeller.)

Museum board chair Scott Rozzell co-chaired the gala along with his wife, Karen, and Linda and Barry Hunsaker.  LSFM board member Anthony Hall introduced the evening's honoree, museum founder and chairman emeritus Robert L. Waltrip, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Who: Stephanie and Rod Paige, Claire Waltrip, David Dewhurst, Linda and Gene Dewhurst, Beth Robertson, Betty and John Hrncir, Bobbie Nau, Pam and Russell Thorstenberg, Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Diedre and Terence Fontaine, Betty and Steve Newton, Marta and Gene Kranz, Brenda and Connie Edwards, and Lisa and Jerry Simon.

 

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