2015 GALA

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There’s something special in the air.

American Airlines, 1984-2000 slogan

On Saturday, May 16 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum 2015 Gala, we celebrated the past, the present and the exciting future of DFW International Airport and honored its intrepid leader, Sean Donohue.

In September 1973, the Air France supersonic Concorde flew in for the dedication of the DFW Regional Airport. In January 1974, American Airlines Flight 341 was the first passenger plane to arrive at the new airport. It was named “an airport as big as Manhattan.” Today, DFW International Airport has 1700 employees, a $650 million annual operating budget and produces more than $31 billion in annual economic impact for the Dallas/Fort Worth region.

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HONOREE

Sean Donohue, CEO | DFW International Airport, was presented with the 2015 George E. Haddaway Award in recognition of his 28-year career as a leader in the aviation industry. Read more about Sean.

HONORARY CHAIR

Sam Coats, Board Vice Chair | DFW International Airport joined us as the Honorary Chair of the 2015 Gala. Read more about Sam.

 

LBT_IMG_3305Special appearance by Liberty Jump Team, a WWII military style exhibition parachute group featured in the short film, Dirty 1/2 Dozen.

The evening lifted off with special appearances by the Liberty Jump Team, as they embark on a special ops mission in “Dirty 1/2 Dozen,” a short film produced for the 2015 Gala with cameos by a few familiar local faces and a big surprise at the end.

Liberty Jump Team honors World War II heroes, veterans of other wars and foreign conflicts and all others who have served or are serving by participating in static-line parachute operations in the United States and the European Theater of Operations, utilizing vintage C-47s.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Keynote speaker Amelia Rose Earhart, president of Fly With Amelia Foundation and the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine aircraft

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EMCEES

NBC 5 Today Anchor Deborah Ferguson and WBAP Sports Anchor Steve Lamb.