Proceeds will benefit the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial and DreamCatchers (a charity which fulfills the dreams of hospice patients).
Travel back in time and experience the 1940s with this first-of-its-kind of event featuring a lineup of great speakers, music and dancing from the swing time era, WWII military aircraft and vehicles and delicious chow and cocktails. A Stearman PT-17 biplane, identical to those flown here when the airport was founded as Thunderbird II, a training field for pilots training for combat duty in World War II, will be the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial and on display at the event.
Radio host Mike Broomhead will emcee the event. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane will provide remarks commemorating Veterans Day. The keynote speaker is legendary fighter pilot Captain Jerry Yellin, author of “The Last Fighter Pilot” and subject of an upcoming documentary. Captain Yellin flew the last combat mission over Japan in WW II.
When: Friday, Nov. 10
Where: Ross Aviation, south hangar, 14600 N. Airport Dr.
Time: 6 to 11 p.m.
Visit the Thunderbird website for more information or to buy tickets today!
To compliment the mood and ambiance all attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s attire. The event will also feature a live and silent auction.
Steve Ziomek, chairman of Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial board said,
“Scottsdale was at the very heart of training thousands of Army Air Corp pilots for WWII and deserves to have a true veterans memorial the community can be proud of.”
Scottsdale Airport's Ties to WWII
Scottsdale Airport got its start on June 22, 1942, as Thunderbird Field II, an Army Air Corp training facility and trained over 5,500 pilots in the Stearman PT-17 aircraft. The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial will commemorate this rich history of the Scottsdale Airport and honor all veterans.
For questions regarding this event or the Thunderbird Veterans Memorial, please contact Steve Ziomek at 480-225-8874.