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American aviation legends and heroes soar at Houston Flights of Fancy gala

American aviation legends and heroes soar at Flights of Fancy gala

Flight Museum Gala Hall of Fame inductees Daisey White Azelia White Buzz Aldrin John Nau Jeff Lovell Mark Braniff Ira Gruber
Hall of Fame inductees (front row) Daisey White, Azellia White, Buzz Aldrin, John Nau, (back row) Jeff Lovell, Mark Braniff, and Ira Gruber. Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Brannon Fitch Buzz Aldrin Charissa Fitch
Brannon Fitch, Buzz Aldrin, and Charissa Fitch.  Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Anthony Hall Ursula Hall Azellia White
Anthony Hall, Ursula Hall, and Azellia White. Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Lisa Sherrill Karen Haug
Lisa Sherrill and Karen Haug. Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Candace Newhouse David Newhouse Tisha Morillo Ray Morillo Mike Hudson Cristela Hudson
Candace Newhouse, David Newhouse, Tisha Morillo, Ray Morillo, Cristela Hudson, and Mike Hudson.  Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Jack Brady Kit Gwin Mary Michael Townsend Chip Fucik
Jack Brady, Kit Gwin, Mary Michael Townsend, and Chip Fucik. Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Dayna Steele Buzz Aldrin
Dayna Steele and Buzz Aldrin. Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Steve Biegel, Diane Biegel, Lisa Sherrill Russell Sherrill
Steve Biegel, Diane Biegel, Lisa Sherill, and Russell Sherrill.  Photo by Alexander Portraits
Flight Museum Gala Hall of Fame inductees Daisey White Azelia White Buzz Aldrin John Nau Jeff Lovell Mark Braniff Ira Gruber
Flight Museum Gala Brannon Fitch Buzz Aldrin Charissa Fitch
Flight Museum Gala Anthony Hall Ursula Hall Azellia White
Flight Museum Gala Lisa Sherrill Karen Haug
Flight Museum Gala Candace Newhouse David Newhouse Tisha Morillo Ray Morillo Mike Hudson Cristela Hudson
Flight Museum Gala Jack Brady Kit Gwin Mary Michael Townsend Chip Fucik
Flight Museum Gala Dayna Steele Buzz Aldrin
Flight Museum Gala Steve Biegel, Diane Biegel, Lisa Sherrill Russell Sherrill

What: Lone Star Flight Museum “Flights of Fancy” gala

Where: Lone Star Flight Museum

The scoop: Guests filled the Heritage Hangar as they joined the Lone Star Flight Museum’s board of directors and gala co-chairs Diane and Steve Biegel and Lisa and Russell Sherrill for the 2018 “Flights of Fancy” gala celebrating five new inductees into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The museum’s marvelous flying collection of historically significant aircraft provided a stunning backdrop to the event and guests were treated to unlimited access to the museum’s STEM-focused galleries and exhibits, including the simulator bay of the $1 million, high-tech Aviation Learning Center (the second in the U.S.). The museum’s new 130,000-square-foot facility at Ellington Airport opened September 2017. The evening raised $700,000 in support of the museum’s mission to preserve, educate, and inspire aviators young and old alike.

Aerialists dropped from 53-foot silk ropes as guests entered the arrival hall and continued to dazzle in the hangars before mistress of ceremonies, Dominique Sachse, KPRC anchor, took command of the evening. Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission John Nau and Commission member Daisy White conducted the induction ceremony for the five new members of the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. Each inductee or a representative was presented with a medallion and eagle sculpture:

Azellia White — accepted in person (still spry at 104 years old.)
The Braniff Brothers — accepted by Mr. Mike Braniff, grandson of Paul Braniff
Jim Lovell — accepted by Mr. Jeff Lovell, son of Jim Lovell
Sam Johnson — accepted by Buzz Aldrin, astronaut and congressman Johnson’s former flight leader
Noel Parrish — accepted by Ira Gruber, Professor Emeritus, Rice University (Gen. Parrish’s alma mater) and friend of Gen. Parrish

LSFM President and CEO Douglas H. Owens, lieutenant general (retired) presented the Tom Gregory family with the museum’s third Lifetime Achievement Award.

Who: Seen in the crowd were Diane and Steve Biegel, Lisa and Russell Sherrill, Buzz Aldrin, Joanne King HerringFlora and Brian Antweil, Suzanne and Laurance Armour, Emily and Bud Arnot, Sara and Mark Bettencourt, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Mike Braniff, Jack Christie, Brenda and Joe Cialone, Robin and Marshall Cloyd, Lilly and Dan Collins, Hon. David Dewhurst, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Janet and Dave FosheeKathleen and Paul Grabowski, Fay Gregory, Larry Gregory, Ira Gruber, Anthony Hall, Linda and Barry Hunsaker, Janine Iannarelli, Jeff Lovell, Belinda and Mike Morgan, Keith and Alice Mosing, John Nau, Helen and Paul Oelkrug, Teresa and Doug Owens, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Stephanie and Dr. Rod Paige, Mary Ellen and Scott Prochazka, Debby Rihn-Harvey, Karen and Scott RozzellLisa and Jerry Simon, Kathryn and Jeff Smith, Annette and George Strake, Jane and Charles Szalkowski, Bette and Ralph Thomas, Bob Waltrip, Debbie and John Weekley, Daisy and John White, and Azellia White.