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AirSpace MinnesotaFounding Flyers Gala  • April 25,2014

The inaugural AirSpace Minnesota Founding Flyers Gala was launched in style on April 25 at the spectacular Golden Wings Flying Museum at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport.  Guests enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience featuring Dr. Buzz Aldrin (first moon landing) and Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt (last moon landing).

Dr. John Olson of Sierra Nevada Corporation engaged these legendary leaders in a conversation to share their remarkable experiences, vision for the future and recollections of working with Minnesota native Robert Gilruth, the father of America’s Human Spaceflight program.

Honorary Hosts: 

Paul Acito, 3M Aerospace & Commercial Transportation

Dr. Clayton Cowl, Mayo Clinic

Richard Davis, U.S. Bank

Peter Erickson, General Mills

John Fredericksen, Sun Country Airlines

Greg Herrick, Aviation Foundation of America

Rick King, Thomson Reuters

Dr. Perry Leo, University of Minnesota

Tom Mepham, UTC Aerospace

Colonel Michael Ott, President of The U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve, hosted the welcoming reception and astronaut/Air Force Colonel Curt Brown (retired), who flew six space shuttle missions and is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, added to the star power.  Thanks to all who brought this extraordinary experience to life!