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Aviation Fascination displays flight’s history, technology, careers

The proud history, modern advancements and educational opportunities in aviation will be on display on Nov. 18, at the East Valley’s annual Aviation Fascination event.
Hosted by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Commemorative Air Force, the event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2107 N. Greenfield Road, located at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families.

“Aviation Fascination is a popular event because people love to see these amazing aircraft,” said Otto Shill, the evening’s emcee and Falcon Field-based pilot. “The museum is a unique venue that allows people to leisurely stroll among the planes, enjoy good food tastings, learn about aviation, and share in the excitement of winning great prizes.”

Flight enthusiasts of all ages can get close-up views of the Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopter as well as the museum’s vintage aircraft collection, including the B-17G Sentimental Journey. Boeing will also showcase the next generation of aviation with an unmanned S-100UAV.

MD Helicopters will be showcasing the MD540A attack helicopter and the Mesa Police Department will be exhibiting their own helicopter, an MD500E also by MD Helicopters. Displays by East Valley aviation education and flight training programs will offer information on the paths to a variety of aviation careers. Food will be offered by local restaurants.

Raffle tickets will be sold to fund Chamber of Commerce programs that support local businesses. This year attendees can also receive raffle tickets from United Food Bank in exchange for food donations. The organization will provide one ticket for every five food items donated. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including a pair of roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines.

The Boeing Company is sponsoring Aviation Fascination along with other community sponsors: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Southwest Airlines, MD Helicopters, Country Financial, Commemorative Air Force Museum and Falcon Field Airport.

There are also a variety of organizations that will be representing themselves at the event, including the Boeing Store, Mesa School District Aviation Camp, Civil Air Patrol, Aviation Explorer Post 352, Navy Federal Credit Union, Grand Canyon University, East Valley Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Canyon State Aero, Falcon Executive Aviation, Mesa Fire, Mesa PD, Valley Metro, Ivan Martizez Photography, United Food Bank, Operation Freedom Bird and SolarCity.
A variety of culinary options will be offered by Arizona Golf Resort, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa and Stacey’s Smokehouse BBQ.

For more information, visit www.aviationfascination.com.

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