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2019 Champaign Aviation Museum Gala

Champaign Aviation Museum, Site #13 on the Aviation Trail, has announced their Annual Gala event, which is planned for

the evening of Saturday April 13, 2019.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., B-25 flyby 6:30, dinner seating at 7:00. All proceeds go towards supporting the B-17 Flying Fortress restoration and the museum's mission.

The featured speaker is Brian Udell, F-15 Strike Eagle Pilot.

Brian began flying at age nine, took his first cross-country flight at age ten, and received his Private Pilots Certificate at age 17. Since that time he has accumulated over 21,000 hours in a variety of both civil and military aircraft. He was one of only sixty candidates across the United States selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training program. Brian graduated number one in his class and was awarded the Air Training Command—Commanders Trophy. Brian was one of the first Lieutenants selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle. He graduated from Strike Eagle training and received the top academic award with an overall average of 99.8%. Brian went on to his operational units where he became an Instructor, Mission Commander, and Air to Ground Top Gun winner. He has flown over 100 combat missions in Southwest Asia and logged nearly 2000 hours in the Strike Eagle. Brian received the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters and the Aerial Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for combat missions over Iraq. Brian’s military career spanned ten years. Brian left the Air Force in 1999. He is a Captain with Southwest Airlines, a competition aerobatic pilot, and a motivational and inspirational speaker.

Tickets are limted

Purchase by March 15th for an early bird discount

For details and ticket information see the Champaign Aviation Museum website event page:

Be sure to check out the rest of the Champaign Aviation Museum website, especially the information on the restoration of the "Champaign Lady" B-17 Flying Fortress.

Admission to the museum is free, and the museum's mission of "Touching Lives by Restoring History" is supported by gifts and donations, which can be made online via their website.

Champaign Aviation Museum

1652 N. Main St. • Urbana, Ohio 43078 • (937) 652-4710

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