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12th Annual Taste of Flight Gala, November 17, 2018






Great food, tantalizing libations, a fantastic silent auction, and presentation of the “Achievement in Aviation” award await guests to the 12th annual Taste of Flight Gala.

Supports Our Education Programs

All proceeds help fund the Museum’s educational programs.  Each dollar raised will support new learning resources for our school field trips, upgrades to our Aviation Discovery Center, and help us plan for new classroom space, as well as kick-start a School Bus Grant program to assist local area schools with the expenses of transportation.


A Night of Fun

One of the best experiences of the Taste of Flight Gala is the samplings of delectable food tastings combined with fantastic wines, beers, and spirits.  We’ve assembled a great line-up of restaurants, caterers, vintners, brewers and distillers who’ll serve and pour to your heart’s content.

Our extensive Silent Auction features hundreds of items including artwork, weekend getaways, craft items, one-of-a-kind aviation novelties and more.

The evening also marks the culmination of our annual Student Art Contest.  We’ve invited grade school students throughout Southern California to submit aviation-themed drawings, paintings, and illustrations.  Guests to Taste of Flight serve as judges to pick the winning entries. 


5 - 6 p.m.    Welcome Reception
6 - 8 p.m.    Food, Wine and Beer Tasting, Silent Auction, Student Art
                  Contest Judging
8 - 9 p.m.    Achievement in Aviation Award Presentations


Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Aviation

Capping the night’s events is the presentation of the Planes of Fame “Achievement in Aviation” award.  For 2018, we’re focusing on several individuals who exemplify the best that aviation has to offer. 

Peter Law and Bruce Boland met in 1961 when both started work with the famed Lockheed Skunk Works®.  Together they put their formidable skills to work on ground-breaking projects that included the F-104, A-12, SR-71, and F-117A.  Their contributions – Law as a thermodynamicist and Boland as an aerodynamicist – forever changed the face of aviation through advanced aircraft that flew ever higher, farther, and faster.  Outside of Lockheed, Law and Boland worked together to transform the world of air racing.  “Aerodynamics by Bruce Boland, Systems by Pete Law” became a badge of distinction associated with the majority of winning aircraft at the Reno Air Races.  Boland passed away in 1995 and his award is presented posthumously, but Peter Law continues to do work with Northrop Grumman and is an ever-constant presence at Reno each September for the National Championship Air Races.

Lt. Col. (retired) Robert Friend
is a national treasure.  As the oldest surviving member of World War II’s famed “Tuskegee Airmen,” Lt. Col. Friend flew 142 combat missions in the European theater.  He went on to a distinguished career with the United States Air Force, retiring in 1971.  Among his many duties with the USAF included serving as Assistant Deputy of Launch Vehicles for the Titan, Atlas, and Delta rockets and the Space Shuttle.  He was also in charge of the Air Force’s “Project Blue Book,” the investigation of unidentified flying objects encountered by USAF airmen.  After retirement from the Air Force, Robert Friend has worked in the aerospace industry for the Fairchild Stratos Corporation and the Stanford Mu Corporation, serving primarily in research and development.


The Achievement in Aviation award is presented annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to aviation over time.  Past recipients include the Doolittle Raiders of 1942, Major General William Anders, Louis Zamperini, Bob Hoover, Clay Lacy, Bud Anderson, and Sean D. Tucker.


Get Your Tickets Now - Purchase your tickets today.  Each year, the Taste of Flight Gala sells out.  


We look forward to seeing you November 17, 2018 at the Planes of Fame Air Museum’s 12th Annual Taste of Flight Gala.  Doors open at 5pm.


Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

​If you would like to Sponsor an amount not listed in the Sponsorship Opportunities, please​ contact Liz Esparza at 909-597-3722 x120.

For more information download our Sponsorship form:

If you can't attend the 12th Annual Taste of Flight, but would like to make a donation, please contact the Gift Shop at 909-597-3722 (preferred) or Liz Esparza at 909-597-3722 x120.

  1. Can I purchase a ticket over the phone or via mail? The Online Gift Shop is the quickest and easiest way to purchase your ticket(s). However, if you prefer by phone or mail, please call 909-597-3722 ext 120. You can also mail a ticket request to Liz Esparza c/o Planes of Fame Air Museum 14998 Cal Aero Drive. Chino, CA 91710
  2. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Yes, you must be over 21 years old to attend Taste of Flight.
  3. Is there a dress code? We encourage Business Casual attire.
  4. Where can I park? Free parking is available in the Museum's parking lot. Overflow parking is also available across Cal Aero Drive.
  5. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact Brian Finnegan: Phone: 909-597-3722, ext. 108, email: Brian Finnegan or Liz Esparza: Phone: 909 597-3722, ext. 120, email: Liz Esparza

Hotel Accommodations

If you need hotel accommodations, Planes of Fame Air Museum has made special arrangements for Taste of Flight attendees with the Ayres Hotel in Chino Hills, CA. Click on the hotel logo below to contact the hotel.  Telephone them directly and mention Planes of Fame or Taste of Flight for a discount and shuttle service to event, which must be prearranged at the time the reservation is made.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Ace Clearwater
Bryant Racing – Sonny Bryan
Chris Madison
Rob and Susan Harrison
Air Capital Insurance – Greg Hiser
Paul Bordewich and Brooke Maynard
Fighter Rebuilders – Steve and Karen Hinton
John and Sue Paul
Thomas Camp
Whitecross Foundation – Dick Bertea
Brian and Sadie Finnegan
The Collinsworth Family
Bill Anders
Robert Nishimura

Thanks to Our Beverage Providers!

Stone Church Brewing – Corona, CA
Anheuser-Busch – Stella Artois and Stella Cidre
Garage Brewing Company – Temecula, CA

Bella Luna Winery – Paso Robles, CA
Herman Story Wines – Paso Robles, CA
We Believe Wines – Anaheim, CA
The Council – Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Clase Azul Spirits – Tequila
Chopin Imports – Vodka

Thanks to Our Food Vendors!

Gourmet Gourmet Catering
Impressions Catering
One Hot Dish Catering
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ    
Two Guys Grilling
Kono Pizza SoCal