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 occured Saturday, April 22, with the fun theme of "The Roaring 20s." Cocktails began at 6 pm, followed by dinner and dancing. Over 200 attendees enjoyed music, a silent auction and gourmet catering by the Desmond Hotel. We horoned Larry Murphy, who piloted the famous CH-47 landing on a mountainside rooftop in Afghanistan that 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 presented its annual Achievement Award for innovation in rotary wing flight to German-based evolo GmbH for the successful manned flight of its Volocopter VC200. Alex Zosel, evolo GmbH’s managing director, made history by piloting the lightweight fiber composite multicopter over a field in Southern Germany last March. The Volocopter, an aerial vehicle designed for urban mobility, was extremely easy to fly due to its innovative flight control.

Below, AHS International Executive Director, Mike Hirschberg (left), congratulated e-volo's CEO, Alex Zosel (right), upon the company's award of the American Helicopter Museum's 2017 Achievement Award (rear).

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.