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The Frontiers of Flight Museum will present the inaugural Olin C. Lancaster Jr. Award for Leadership to Deryl Hill, President of the UPS Red River District, at the annual gala fundraiser May 10.

Museum Presents Inaugural Olin C. Lancaster Jr. Award for Leadership to Deryl Hill, President of the UPS Red River District

The Frontiers of Flight Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala fundraiser featuring an elegant evening of dinner and dancing to toast three decades of milestones, highlights and memories on Friday, May 10. The event benefits the Museum and will start with a VIP reception for sponsors at 6:30 p.m. For info visit:

The Frontiers of Flight Museum, home to a learning laboratory using aviation and space flight to encourage and promote student excellence in STEM education, will commemorate this special 30th anniversary with an amazing celebration including a virtual who’s who in the aviation industry and Dallas business community.

In recognition of UPS and their continued support of the Museum and its mission, Deryl Hill, UPS Red River District President, will receive the inaugural Olin C. Lancaster, Jr. Award for Leadership.  Lancaster was the first executive director of the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Weestablished this prestigious award in recognition of Mr. Lancaster’s support of the Museum’s effort to educate, motivate and inspire through aviation and space flight history,” said Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, President and CEO of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. “His legacy of dedicated leadership, commitment to community service and love of aviation is the inspiration for this honor. It’s a privilege to present this first award to UPS and Mr. Hill for their unwavering dedication and philanthropic initiatives to support STEM education at the Museum and in our community and throughout the region.”    

Following the formal program, guests will enjoy a musical experience and dancing with The Hip Van Winkles jazz band.  Like time-travelers emerging from a bygone era, The Hip Van Winkles have reinvented today’s music with analog authenticity and the exuberance of the jazz age.

Gala organizers are delighted to commemorate the Museum’s achievements with this exciting evening of entertainment. “It not only highlights the Museum as a world-class destination and Smithsonian affiliate, but also as a special gem in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area,” said Sutterfield-Jones.  “The Frontiers of Flight Museum has been proudly serving our community since our formation in 1988 and incorporation in 1989.  Preserving the history of aviation and space travel, and providing a rich educational resource for future generations, we continue to impact our community and look forward to the next 30 years of servicing North Texas.”

Sponsorship of the 2019 Gala will benefit the Museum’s mission and award-winning STEM educational programming reaching over 40,000 students annually. The Museum also received the 2018 Texas Million Women Mentors® Stand Up for STEM Award.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum has over 35 space vehicles and aircraft from a replica of the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind “Flying Pancake,” the Apollo 7 spacecraft, 11 galleries, and over 35,000 historical artifacts on display. The Living History program features the portrayal of prominent personalities in aviation history who present both on-site and in the community. 

Supporters of the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s 2019 30TH Anniversary Gala include:  

Jet - $50,000

Innovator $25,000
Gena and Dan Hamilton

Trainer $10,000
City of Dallas Aviation Department
The Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation

Pioneer $5,000

AIRBUS Helicopter
Cindy & Tony Weber Foundation
CTJ Investments
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Gulfstream Aerospace
Peter C. Huff/Dr. David R. Webb, Jr.
University of Texas at Dallas Special Collections

Five sponsorship levels are available. Individual patron tickets are $125 for Museum members; and $150 for Non-Museum members based on availability. For sponsorship information in support of the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s mission and award-winning education programs visit;  or contact: Luis Gonzalez at (214) 699-4621 or via at email


Below are a few highlights of the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s milestones. For a more comprehensive list of significant Museum accomplishments visit:

Frontiers of Flight Museum is Incorporated

Frontiers of Flight Museum Receives 501 (C) 3 Charter

Frontiers of Flight Museum Opens to the Public in Love Field Terminal

George E. Haddaway and General James H. Doolittle Receive Haddaway Award

Honorable Barry Goldwater and Robert L. Crandall, American Airlines, Receive Haddaway Award

Honorable Sam Johnson and Brig. General Chuck Yeager Receive Haddaway Award

Coach Tom Landry Receives Haddaway Award

Frontiers of Flight Museum Receives $7.2 TXDOT Grant for New Facility
Col. Walter Cunningham, Jay Miller and John Konrad Receive Haddaway Award

Frederick Smith, Chairman of FedEx, and Rain Hancock Receive Haddaway Award
Frontiers of Flight Museum Becomes a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Lemmon Avenue Facility
Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Civil Air Patrol Receive Haddaway Award
Frontiers of Flight Museum Opens Remote Museum Store at North Park Center


First Gala Event on May 24
J. Jan Collmer, Co-Founder of the Museum, Receives Haddaway Award
Apollo VII Command Module Arrives at the Museum


Colleen Barrett, President of Southwest Airlines, Receives Haddaway Award
NASA and Frontiers of Flight Museum Present Ambassador of Exploration Award to Col. Walter Cunningham
Moon Rock Dedication
Frontiers of Flight Museum Presents NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz “Return to Flight” Lecture Series

Senator John Glenn Receives Haddaway Award

General T. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, Receives Haddaway Award

Frontiers of Flight Museum Presents “The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders” Celebrity Speaker Banquet
Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo VII Mission

Frontiers of Flight Museum 20th Anniversary Celebration 

Airlines N300SW 737 “Lands” at the Frontiers of Flight Museum
Dr. Kenneth Cooper Receives Hall of Fame Award
Southwest Airlines Exhibit Dedication


Vought’s V-173 “The Flying Pancake” Exhibit Dedication
Gary Kelly, President/CEO, Southwest Airlines, Receives Haddaway Award

Congressman Ralph Hall Receives Haddaway Award

Admiral Patrick Walsh and Roger Staubach Receive Haddaway Award
New Education Logic Model and Vision Announcement

Unveiling of Renovated SR-71 Gallery
Sean Donohue, President/CEO, DFW International Airport, Receives Haddaway Award
Celebration of Doolittle Raider Dick Cole’s 100th Birthday
Birth of the Frontiers of Flight Museum “Frontiers Flyer”
Santa Delivers PT-17 Aircraft

Dan Caine Receives Haddaway Award
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for SPOC, Space Portal Odyssey Capsule, Portable Planetarium

Apollo XI Astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise Receive Haddaway Award
Dedication of Renovated Braniff Airlines Exhibit
Celebration of the “Great American Solar Eclipse”

WWII Veteran John Luckadoo Receives Haddaway Award
Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo VII Mission

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