Aviation week: Just plane fun

Deborah Grigsby/Centennial Airport
The “Aluminum Overcast” was the guest of honor, again, at The Wings Over the Rockies annual hangar dance. The 1940s-era event pairs some of the area’s best foods and wine with a nostalgic World War II feel.
Deborah Grigsby/Centennial Airport
Costumed guests and re-enactors helped create a feeling of Wold War Ii at Centennial Airport, Saturday, June 21. Wings Over the Rockies hosted their annual charity hangar dance to raise funds for their new air and space museum. (Photo by Deborah Grigsby Smith)
Deborah Grigsby/Centennial Airport
Linda Styles of the Miles Apart Band belts out classic jazz hits from the 1940s at the Wings Over the Rockies Hangar Dance, held June 21 at Centennial Airport. The entire event was a step back in history with guests, as well as entertainers, donning period dress and attitude.
Deborah Grigsby/Centennial Airport
Keeping with the swing of things, guests in period attire danced the night away to the sounds of Pink Champagne, at the Wings over The Rockies Hangar Dance, Saturday, June 21. The annual event held at Signature Flight Support in Centennial, helped wrap up Colorado General Aviation Week and served as a fundraiser for the new Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, which, along with a STEM-based charter school, will be built at Centennial Airport.
Deborah Grigsby/Centennial Airport
Retired Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, stands in front of an image of Nguyen Hong My, a North Vietnamese fighter pilot he shot down over Hanoi in 1972. Cherry served as keynote speaker for the 2014 Colorado Aviation Business Association luncheon, Thursday, June 19 at The Wildlife Experience in Parker. Cherry recalled the story of how he was reunited with Hong My more than three decades later to become friends. The annual luncheon kicked off Colorado General Aviation Appreciation Week, which showcases how aviation plays a significant role in the state’s economy.
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Colorado general aviation supporters closed the hangar door on this year’s General Aviation Appreciation Week. The annual event strives to showcase how general aviation and community airports play a major role in the lives of not only Coloradans, but also the operation of businesses, farms and the state’s emergency response efforts. The celebration kicked off June 19 with the Colorado Aviation Business Association luncheon held at The Wildlife Experience. The event was punctuated with keynote speaker author and former U.S. Air Force Thunderbird leader, Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry. Friday followed with a charity golf tournament at the Lone Tree Golf Course, and Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum kept things swinging with their annual 1940s annual hangar dance held at Centennial Airport.