Each year our annual Gala & Adventure Auction is vital to our museum’s ability to thrive.  After 2020 brought months of closures & continues to impact our attendance numbers, the Gala this year must happen, and it’s more a matter of allowing us just to survive.

We are in a Catch 22 situation where we need our annual Gala Fundraiser more than ever just to keep the museum open, but planning it in Covid19 era is proving a logistical nightmare. But we are planning it & we are having the Gala. We must. We have a super cool, very on trend theme & a keen strategy to keep everyone safe while allowing us to raise the funds we must have to stay operational.

We will be posting Save-the-Dates here and on our Facebook page each Friday from now until the event on Saturday October 24.  Please save them. Please share them…local or not. There will be amazing ways for anyone, anywhere to participate this year.  It will be Safe & Entertaining because it is ESSENTIAL. See you next Friday right here with more details….Safe travels as you head out on your own adventures this weekend!

Update Friday September 25:

Today’s gala update includes a reveal of our theme, “Wish You Were Here” & the fact that we’re including a virtual component to this year’s experience. Please start thinking about where you would go if you could head off on an excursion of a lifetime. Next Friday we’ll have more details on what exactly is going to go on at this year’s event & how you can join in on the museum’s adventures, whether you are in Chanute or not!

Update for Friday September 19:

We’ve been “spotty” with our Gala Updates & the trend continues…Prepare for Take-Off as we reveal the 1st fabulous Adventure Auction Offering:
A Flight for TWO aboard the The Spirit of Igor

Background: The Spirit of Igor is the only airworthy model of her type and the oldest flying Sikorsky in the world today. It was painstakingly restored by Dick Jackson of Rochester, NH. The project began in the 1960s, with the hull of NC-50V being discovered in the Alaskan bush. 40,000 hours and nearly four decades later, the S-39 flew again. Dick Jackson had worked with our museum for years during this challenging effort to insure every detail to be as historically accurate as possible.

The Spirit of Igor was named for the Spirit of Africa, an S-39 owned by Martin and Osa Johnson, and for Igor Sikorsky himself. The giraffe spotting on the fuselage is authentic to a specific species. It was projected onto the hull in order for the painting to be completed.

This item has been donated by Kermit Weeks, an American aviation enthusiast, pilot, and aircraft collector. Kermit maintains one of the largest private collections of flight-worthy historic aircraft in the world, most of which are at his Fantasy of Flight facility in Polk City, Florida. The collection contains over 140 civilian and military planes including rare originals as well as reproductions of historic aircraft, such as the Spirit of St. Louis, the Osa’s Ark II (a virtual clone of Martin Johnson’s zebra spotted S38) and of course, the Spirit of Igor that he has so generously offered to our auction listings in support of our museum. Since acquiring both Osa’s Ark II and Spirit of Igor, Kermit has become a dedicated ambassador of our museum as well. If you know him or ever meet him, please thank Kermit for his work with us and support his own amazing museum in Florida!

This flight and tour package will be auctioned during our Saturday October 24th gala & full details on it are coming soon. To learn more about the plane or the Fantasy of Flight museum now:
http://www.spiritofigor.com/
https://www.fantasyofflight.com/collection/

 

Update for Friday September 12:

Martin + Osa made 10 World expeditions with no loss of life or limb. Their museum promises to keep that tradition going. Our 2020 Gala will be extra safe because it is more than essential.That’s all we have to share this week, but safety really is the most important thing on our minds & in our plans this year. Have a safe Holiday and we hope to be able to share some of the cooler details next week!

 

Update for Friday September 5th:

Please share local & long distance…2020 will be remembered as the year we needed you & your phones more than ever!
Details will be forthcoming…we promise.

On Fridays we usually post a fun photo of Osa looking glamorous or the Johnson’s sexy planes flying off on untold adventures. Unfortunately we need to vary from that for awhile so we can focus on a serious topic. 2020 has been crushing to us. We are in a Catch 22 situation where we need our annual Gala Fundraiser more than ever just to keep the museum open, but planning it in Covid19 era is proving a logistical nightmare. But we are planning it & we are having the Gala. We must. We have a super cool, very on trend theme & a keen strategy to keep everyone safe while allowing us to raise the funds we must have to stay operational. Below is the first Save-the-Date. Please save it. Please share it…local or not. There will be ways for anyone, anywhere to participate this year. There will be more Save-the-Dates & updates coming every Friday until the event on Saturday October 24th. It will be Safe & Entertaining because it is ESSENTIAL. See you next Friday right here with more details….Safe travels as you head out on your own adventures this weekend!