What is this event all about?

“Champions of Flight” is a signature fundraiser benefitting the March Field Air Museum. The Champions of Flight event and award presentation honors an individual or organization in acknowledgment of significant achievement in support of, or sustained contributions to, aviation and/or aerospace. 


Who are we Honoring?

This year we will be honoring NASA Astronaut and National Aviation Hall of Fame pilot, Eileen Collins. Collins became the first woman pilot of a U.S. space shuttle with Shuttle Mission STS-63 in 1995 aboard Discovery and became the first woman commander of a U.S. space shuttle with Shuttle Mission STS-93 in 1999 aboard Columbia.


Where will the event be held?

The Champions of Flight event takes place at the March Field Air Museum, 22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at I-215). This top-rated TripAdvisor attraction is located just south of downtown Riverside and adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. For the event, guests will be surrounded by an amazing collection of impressive aircraft and aviation artifacts.


What kinds of activities can I expect at the event?

A no-host cocktail hour will feature a silent auction, followed by a full sit-down dinner and awards ceremony during which the evening’s honoree, Eileen Collins will receive the Bob Gilliland award.


How much do tickets cost?

Event tickets for “Champions of Flight” are $125.00 per person. Tickets include event admission, no-host cocktail hour, silent auction and a full sit-down dinner (choice of beef and chicken or vegetarian entree).


You will also receive a signed copy of Collins new book

"Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars"


What Time does it start?

The “Champions of Flight” event runs from 6 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27th.


Is there an age limit?

Yes, the Champions of Flight event is intended for adults ages 18 and older. Only those of legal age may consume alcoholic drinks. 


How much does parking cost?

Parking for this event is free at the March Field Air Museum.


What should I wear to this event?

Event guests are encouraged to come dressed in comfortable business or cocktail attire.