All Gala proceeds to support the 9/11 funds established to honor the pilots of United 93 and 175 – Captain Jason M. Dahl, Captain Victor J. Saracini, First Officer LeRoy W. Homer, and First Officer Michael Horrocks.
Amelia Rose Earhart keynote speaker
The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund will host a gala event from 6 to 10 pm Friday September 11, 2015 at the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver, Colorado. The gathering will bring together aviators past, present, and future as the the Dahl Fund honors the heroes of 9/11/2001 while awarding the 2015 Jason Dahl scholarship recipients. The venue promises to be a great place for retires, new hires, line pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and students alike to meet and greet. Participants can catch up with old friends while making new ones. The museum, which opened in 1994, is housed in the 150,000 sq. ft. historic Hangar #1 built in 1939.The museum’s extensive aircraft collection include over four dozen aircraft and space vehicles. A sample of exhibits include the B-1A Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, F101B Voodoo , F102A Delta Dagger, F104C Starfighter, F4E Phantom II, F86H Saber Jet, and many other vintage military and general aviation aircraft.
The evening festivities are highlighted by keynote speaker Amelia Rose Earhart. Earhart, aviator adventurer and former News 9 Reporter, circumnavigated the globe in 2014 in partnership with the Wings over the Rockies Museum. She departed on June 26 last year from Oakland, California in a single engine Pilatus PC-12 with her co-pilot, Shane Jordon. On July 11, seventeen stops, 24,300 nautical-miles, 14 countries, and just over 108 flying hours later, they landed back in Oakland without incident. Her route was across the US, then south into the Caribbean, thru northeast Brazil, across the South Atlantic Ocean, then the African continent, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Islands, and the Pacific Ocean before returning to California. Amelia’s message and talk promises to be highly entertaining and informative. Also invited to appear is United Airlines Director of Flight Training Captain Mike McCasky. Captain McCasky will provide an update on United Airlines and plans for the newly announced Denver consolidated training base. All during the evening live feed video reports from Shanksville, PA, the site of the United Flight 93 memorial, are planned to be provided.
The night at the museum includes:
Open cockpit time from 5-7 pm – Early arrivals have a photo op while seated in an F-111 or A-7!
Silent Auction from 6-10 pm
Cash bar beginning at 6 pm
Dinner from 7 to 8 pm
Speaker hour from 8 to 9 pm
Band and dancing from 9 till?
The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be United 767 Captain Denny Flanagan.
Tickets are $93 per person or $175 for a couple. These prices salute the heroes of United Flight 93 and United Flight 175. Choice of meal and admission to the museum are included in the price. All proceeds directly support each of the 9/11 pilot charities. Dahl sholarship recipients have free admission. Working pilots are encouraged to sponsor a new hire pilot and bring him or her to the gala as their guest.
To purchase a ticket please visit www.dahlfund.org and follow the ticket information link.
The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund is an endowed scholarship fund dedicated to the memory of Captain Jason Matthew Dahl, who perished with the other heroes and heroines of United Flight 93 September 11, 2001. Captain Dahl loved to fly, had a natural ability, which he discovered at a young age. An aviation scholarship helped Jason achieve his dream and become a 767 Standards Captain at United.
Dahl scholarship awards are determined by a 15 person board. The first award was granted to a Denver Metro student in February 2003. Since then the Dahl Fund has expanded offering scholarships nation-wide. In 2015 $25,000 in scholarships were awarded. To date over $150,000 in aviation scholarships have been awarded to 86 individuals from 26 different four year aviation degree school programs.
For more information on the fund or to make a donation visit www.dahlfund.org.
Individual donations can also be made to The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
9956 West Remington Place Unit A-10 Suite 93 Littleton, Colorado 80127.
Article by Tom Bush – Board member The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund