The British Are Coming! 80th Anniversary Gala Nov. 13th, 2021
Did you know Mesa’s Falcon Field began as a World War II training base for British pilots from 1941-1945? This year marks the 80th anniversary of the No.4 British Flying Training School and Falcon Field Airport. To celebrate this event, Wings of Flight Foundation, a non-profit, is hosting a series of events culminating with an 80th Anniversary Gala Nov. 13th, 2021 to be held in the World War II hangar at Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ.
Our guests of honor will be the British pilots and families, their US Army instructors and the many ground personnel that supported Falcon Field from 1941-1945. Mesa families were an important part of the success of Falcon Field in WWII just as they are a part of its success now.
Let’s welcome these veterans and their families back to the hangars and the airport where it all began 80 years ago. We will be sharing our Mesa hospitality with a reception, dinner and an evening of entertainment, while surrounded by vintage aircraft in the original 1941 hangar and a new, permanent exhibit of the rich history of Falcon Field.
We welcome your support and sponsorship in this international show of friendship between Mesa, AZ and Great Britain.
This is the best time of year to visit as the temperatures are in the 70’s (21-26C)
and the skies are sunny.
Hotels and Accommodations:
Hotel: Home2 Suites by Hilton Mesa Longbow
Group Name: Wings of Flight
Available from: 07-Nov-2021 To: 16-Nov-2021
These beautiful suites offer views of Red Mountain and the Longbow Golf Course and it’s just a kilometer from Falcon Field. We are working with the golf course on a “stay and play” discount, information to follow. Other hotel brands are being solicited too.
Nov. 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day Parade
Time 11:00-14:00 This year’s parade will be highlighting the bond of friendship between Mesa and the No.4 BFTS pilots and families. BFTS pilots/staffand descendants, will be included in the parade, riding in British cars through downtown Mesa.
Nov. 12, 2021 - Exclusive BFTS Family Cruise & More
In the afternoon enjoy a scenic cruise on Saguaro Lake (20 min from Falcon Field) on the Desert Belle. Tickets will be available soon. Transportation from the hotels will be included.Want to see more of AZ, maybe Sedona or the Grand Canyon? Side trips may be arranged with the help of Visit Arizona Tourism, details out soon.
In the morning you will have the opportunity to tell (and/or show) your BFTS stories to Kelly Sallaway, documentary film maker working on “Patriot Skies” the stories of the BFTS.
Nov. 13, 2021- 80th Anniversary Gala
Time 16:30-22:00 At Wings of Flight Foundation WWII Hangar at Falcon Field. BFTS pilots/staff and families will be the guests of honor.Festivities start with a reception on the tarmac and re-dedication of the hangar by the Mayor of Mesa and the UK Ambassador.This will be followed by a sit down dinner surrounded by our vintage airplanes.After dinner there will be 1940’s entertainment, an auction, contests and prizes!Tickets may be purchased on our website at www.wingsofflight.org Dress will be semi-formal.
Nov. 14, 2021 - Remembrance Day
Time 10:45-11:30 Located at Mesa Cemetery around the gravesites of 24 RAF and US Army cadets who lost their lives during training at Falcon Field. The ceremony includes a procession of bagpipes and presentation of the memorial wreaths by dignitaries.The Mayor of Mesa, will address the audience as well as the Queen’s representative. It will culminate with a flyover of T-6’s and Stearmans by the Wings of Flight Foundation.
We sincerely hope you enjoy this chance to visit us!If you have any questions or anything we may do to make your stay better, please feel free to reach out to me. Take care and stay safe.
Wings of Flight Foundation Event Coordinator
********** Donations are appreciated through our website or Sponsorships packages are available from $500-$10,000. ************
For more information contact:
Jocelyn Condon 602-418-6128
Tami Thompson 480-225-3864 or
Lorraine Ryall 602-571-6799
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