Tickets on sale for ‘The Battle of the X-Planes’



The 2021 Eagles Gathering is scheduled for 5 p.m. on October 23, 2021, at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.

The theme of this year’s event is “Battle of the X-Planes” and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstration that pitted Boeing’s X-32 against Lockheed Martin’s X-35.

All proceeds go to the Flight Test Historical Foundation.

Meet the pilots and flight test engineers who designed and developed the aircraft, and take a behind-the-scenes look at the events and tests that led to the development of the 5th Generation Stealth Fighter.

The reception starts at 5 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 6.30 p.m.

Two ticket options are available.

The $ 35 ticket includes wine and beer tasting, light appetizers, music, artwork, and an auction that runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This does not include theater seats for the presentation or the awards ceremony. Food from local vendors is not included.

The $ 75 tickets include the reception and reserved seats at the Performing Arts Theater for the awards show and the Battle of the X-Planes program which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The presentation will include Eagle Recognition, a roundtable with questions and answers, and other awards and scholarships. There will be a silent auction, an aviation art exhibit and a print history program.

The Eagles Gathering is an annual celebration of the Flight Test Historical Foundation to recognize significant achievements in aerospace vehicle flight testing. The celebration honors both important events and the people who made those events possible. The Eagles Gathering is intended to provide an avenue of camaraderie, education, and as a way to commemorate and honor those individuals who have contributed to the historic advancements in aerospace development through these programs. The event is also a fundraiser, providing resources to the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, college scholarships, and a variety of STEM education programs.

The mission of the Flight Test Historical Foundation is to raise funds to support the development of the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum at Edwards AFB, Calif. And the Museum’s Blackbird Airpark Annex at USAF Plant 42 in Palmdale, near. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts focus primarily on improving museums, new construction, exhibits, aircraft acquisition and restoration, and a host of educational programs.

The Flight Test Historical Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. The cost of the ticket, less $ 20, is considered a tax-deductible charitable donation.

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