2006-07-27 / News

Air museum to honor Sundlun at gala

The Quonset Air Museum, home of Rhode Island's aviation heritage, will launch its capital campaign by honoring the contributions of former Governor Bruce Sundlun at a reception, dance and dinner on the museum grounds, Thursday, Aug. 10.

Sundlun is currently a resident of Jamestown.

Sheldon Whitehouse, a former R.I. attorney general, will make a special presentation and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of ABC's daytime talk show "The View," will be the emcee.

Catering by Robert LaMoia and music by Brass Attack will complete the gala. Museum volunteers will offer personalized tours of displays and aircraft, including a newly restored TBM Bomber flown during WWII, and the actual F-14 Tomcat featured in the movie "Top Gun." Docents will be available to discuss Rhode Island's aviation history and the significance of Quonset Point.

"This museum exists only because Governor Sundlun had the vision to provide the hangar where today we proudly display the artifacts and aircraft that represent Rhode Island's aviation history," said John Shepard, the museum's president and executive director.

"The governor helped the museum get started because he understood the cultural and educational value of displaying and preserving the artifacts of our civil and military aviation heritage. This museum provides Rhode Islanders and visitors with an opportunity to experience that heritage. We now want to honor him and his vision," Shepard said. For more information, visit www.TheQAM.org.

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