Each year, the Museum raises much-needed funds at its annual Gala. The event features an open bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a silent and live auction, great music and more!

This year's Gala will occur Saturday, April 22, from 6 until 11 pm, with a fun theme of "The Roaring Twenties."

Cocktails begin at 6 pm, followed by dinner and dancing. Enjoy music, a silent auction and gourmet catering by the Desmond Hotel.


This year we are pleased to announce that Larry Murphy, who piloted the CH-47 famous landing on a mountain side roof top in Afghanistan, will be our Honoree. The landing was captured in a now famous photo seen below.


To coincide with our Honoree, artist Larry Selman has agreed to do a painting commemorating this historic event and limited edition prints are being offered for sale. See the .pdf flyer for more details.

The Museum also honors an important innovation in rotary wing flight with its annual Achievement Award.

Past honorees include:

  • 2009 AgustaWestland - AW 109 “Round the World” Helicopter Speed Record
  • 2010 Sikorsky - X-2 Team 2011 University of Maryland – Gamera Team
  • 2012 Kaman and Lockheed Martin – Unmanned KMAX
  • 2013 AeroVelo – Atlas Human Powered Helicopter
  • 2014 AugustaWestland – Project Zero
  • 2015 Jeff Bezos - Amazon Prime
  • 2016-Sikorsky- Unmanned Autonomous Blackhawk

In 2015, the Gala's theme was “Back to the Future/1950s." In 2016, the Gala had a theme of "M*A*S*H Officers Ball." There were some very special auction items on tap, including a chance for a backstage visit with Paul Anka, behind-the-scenes tour of Washington, DC, a tour of the Air and Space Museum escorted by the curator of the exhibit, and much more. "Hot Lips" Houlahan and Hawkeye Pierce greeted guests. See the slide show above for photos from the previous galas.