Annual Gala


We will delay the 2018 Annual Gala, due to the closure of the Officers Club for renovation.  Thank you for your continued support.  Standby for information about other programs and events!

Celebrate the Only Surviving SBD-1 Dauntless – and Support the Museum at the Annual Gala on May 20, 2017

The last surviving SBD-1 Dauntless – rescued after 50 years at the bottom of Lake Michigan – is now receiving its much-needed restoration.  And when this award-winning restoration is complete, the Dauntless will join 27 other USMC aircraft on display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.  It will be another historically significant addition to the largest collection of USMC aircraft in the world.

This work to preserve the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation is one of the most important activities the Annual Gala supports.  Join us to learn more about the history of this particular Dauntless aircraft, posthumously honor John Glenn (former Advisory Board member of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation), and support the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum:

“A Century of Legacy and Valor: Restoring Marine Corps Aviation History"

May 20, 2017

Guest of Honor: General Terrance Dake, Former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps

Speaker: Mr. Taras Lyssenko, A&T Recovery who recovered the Museum's FM-2 and SBD-1 Dauntless from Lake Michigan

5:00 pm at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Taras Lyssenko

7:00 pm dinner at the Officers Club

The program will also honor the student winners of the Honor, Courage and Commitment Essay Contest and the 2017 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife awardee (honored for exceptional dedication and service to her family, the community and the Marine Corps).


Annual Gala Fundraiser Supports 12 Months of Artifact Restoration and Museum Operations

The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation Annual Gala serves as one of the primary fundraisers for our support of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Funds raised support aircraft and artifact restoration and preservation along with the Museum’s educational programs.

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is only minimally funded by the Department of Defense and relies on volunteers and the generous contributions from donors and sponsors like you for financial support. Donations ensure that we are able to preserve this history for future generations, as we are the only museum in the world solely dedicated to Marine Corps Aviation History. In addition to collecting artifacts that tell our story, we also have aviators alive today to tell their true account of their time in service, flying the aircraft you see on display.

Help Us Continue and Further Our Mission of Preservation, Honor, Appreciation, and Education

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation exists to preserve the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, honor the service of its personnel, and inspire in all generations an appreciation for America's freedoms.  We accomplish our mission by supporting the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, the command museum at MCAS-Miramar, and by offering educational programs to the general public, schools, veterans, active military and their dependents.

With your help, we can continue to bring the USMC aviation story to new generations and to our more than 30,000 Museum visitors from around the world each year.