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11th Annual Gala
Saturday, April 29th, 2023

Join us on Saturday, April 29, 2023 for the Champaign Aviation Museum's

11th Annual Fundraising Gala! Doors open at 5:30pm and activities of the evening include complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, musical guest Bill Purk, fly-by (weather permitting), a delicious dinner and dessert, silent auction throughout the evening, and keynote speaker Colonel Mark W. Tillman. 


Col. Tillman’s distinguished career spans 30 years in the United States Air Force.  His flying experience includes time as a T-37 Instructor Pilot, C-130 Transport Pilot, VIP Airlift, and Presidential Pilot and Commander of Air Force One (a modified Boeing 747).


Col. Mark W. Tillman (ret.) served as the Pilot of Air Force One from 2001-2009 and he flew President Bush on the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  During 9/11, Air Force One made flights into the U.S. heartland to evade a possible attack on the President.  Additionally, Col. Tillman planned and flew the President into Bagdad, Iraq which was the first time in history that a sitting U.S. President had entered an active war zone.  The Champaign Aviation Museum is honored to have such a distinguished speaker to our 2023 Gala. 

Tickets are available for purchase online or at the Museum. 

CAM Members get a discount on tickets - join or renew today and get an instant ticket discount!

Contact Jessica Henry at or 937-652-4710 with any questions or if you need assistance logging into your CAM Member account. 

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