Spend A Night at the Museum With the Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund — and Possibly Win One of Several Prizes

he event to raise funds for the Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund for this year will occur at the Wings Over The Rockies Aviation Museum in Denver on the evening of Friday, September 11, 2015 — exactly 14 years after the captain of United Airlines flight 93 lost his life in one of several airplane crashes caused by the attacks of terrorists on that day — from 6:00 through 10:00; and you are invited to attend.

The night at the museum — which will bring together past, present and future aviators as the Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund honors the heroes of September 11, 2001 while awarding the recipients of the scholarship for 2015 — includes the following, with all times in the afternoon and evening Mountain Daylight Time:

  • Complete access to the museum
  • Open cockpit time from 5:00 through 7:00; and you will have a photo opportunity while seated in an F-111 aircraft or A-7 aircraft if you arrive early enough
  • Live silent auction from 6:00 through 10:00
  • Live auction where you could have a chance of winning such prizes as a ride in a World War II P-51 aircraft or a ride in a United Airlines flight simulator
  • Cash bar beginning at 6:00
  • Dinner from 7:00 through 8:00
  • Speaker hour from 8:00 through 9:00
  • Live band and dancing from 9:00 until…?


This past June, 18 aviation scholarships were awarded; and if you attend this event, you will get to meet some of the scholarship recipients.

Amelia Rose Earhart will be the keynote speaker of the evening; and her message and speech promises to be highly entertaining and informative. An aviator adventurer and former reporter, Earhart circumnavigated the globe in 2014 in partnership with the Wings over the Rockies Museum. She departed on June 26, 2014 from Oakland, California in a single engine Pilatus PC-12 aircraft with Shane Jordon, who was her co-pilot. On July 11, 2014 — 17 stops, 24,300 nautical miles, 14 countries, and greater than 108 flying hours later — they landed back in Oakland without incident. Her route was across the United States; then south into the Caribbean; through northeast Brazil; across the South Atlantic Ocean; then the African continent; traversed the Indian Ocean; the Pacific Islands; and across the Pacific Ocean before returning to California.

Also invited to appear is Mike McCasky, who is a captain and director of flight training at United Airlines; and he will provide an update on United Airlines — as well as plans for the newly announced consolidated training base in Denver. All during the evening, live feed video reports from Shanksville, Pennsylvania — the site of the United Flight 93 memorial — are planned to be provided.

The master of ceremonies of the evening will be none other than the beloved Denny Flanagan, who is a captain at United Airlines and one of the pilots of its Boeing 767 airplanes — and he is expected to retire within a year after a long and illustrious career. Here is an article featuring him which I wrote back on Friday, August 29, 2014 pertaining to how we can all learn from him about working from the heart.

Honored during the evening will be the following pilots who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

  • Jason Dahl Captain of United Airlines flight 93
  • Leroy Homer First Officer of United Airlines flight 93
  • Vic Saracini Captain of United Airlines flight 175
  • Michael Horrocks First Officer of United Airlines flight 175


Tickets are $93.00 per person or $175.00 for a couple, which includes a choice of meal and admission to the museum. All proceeds directly support the charities of the pilots of Flight 93 and Flight 175. Please click here to purchase your tickets.

If you are one of the purchasers of the first 180 tickets sold — as determined by the time and date stamp on the purchase — you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to sit at a VIP table. Confirmed VIPs at the time of this post are Amelia Rose Earhart and Denny Flanagan; and additional VIPs will be added when their attendance is confirmed.

Here is the official discussion of this event posted on FlyerTalk.

If you cannot attend, please consider joining the Just A Buck program by clicking here and clicking the donation link. Submit your dollar and activate the monthly donation box by clicking on it. For additional information on the fund — or to make a donation — please visit www.dahlfund.org.

Individual donations can also be sent to the following address:

The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
9956 West Remington Place
Unit A-10 Suite 93
Littleton, Colorado 80127

Through the years, The Gate has long supported the promotion of activities and events for this special scholarship fund, which is an IRS qualified 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation established to provide scholarships for qualified students who wish to attend accredited commercial flight training schools in the United States:


Sandy Dahl — the widow of Jason Dahl and the active founder of the scholarship fund — unexpectedly passed away in her sleep at the age of 52 back in May of 2012.

Please consider supporting this worthy cause — whether or not you decide to attend what promises to be an exciting event.

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