Gala 2023

Pan Am Museum Foundation Fundraising Gala
Passage to India

Join us as we celebrate this October in camaraderie with our Pan Am family, friends, and airline enthusiasts and help keep the great spirit of Pan Am alive!

On Saturday, October 14th we celebrate our annual gala themed, “Passage To India”.

So, come for a night of Pan Am nostalgia, dancing, and socializing!

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Passage To India 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The Pan Am Museum Foundation

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard
Garden City, NY 11530

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Online Auction

This year the auction is available entirely online!

The auction is available from 10/7 to 10/12 at 9:30 PM!

Don’t forget to register to place your bids!

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Special Guests
Keynote Speaker
Fred Burton

Fred Burton

New York Time Best-Selling Author
The world’s foremost authority on protective intelligence, security, and executive protection

Fred is a former police officer, federal special agent, and New York Times best-selling author. He’s served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.

His best-selling books include his personal memoir

GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent,

Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent’s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice,

Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi

and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America.

Special Guest Speaker
Hector Adler
Vice President Flight Services
Pan Am 1988-1991
Hector is a pioneer for the flight attendant profession. He was a member of the first class to include male flight attendants at American Airlines in 1973. He went on to serve in leadership roles at Pan American World Airways, United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Eos Airlines and US Airways before leading the industry largest flight attendant workforce at American Airlines as Senior Vice President Product and Service Delivery.

2023 Honorees

The Crew Of Pan Am Flight 73 of September 1986

To learn more about Flight 73 and the 1986 hijacking, our award-winning program, The Pan Am Podcast, dedicated two episodes about this historic and tragic event. Click the buttons below to listen:

Entertainment will be provided by Surati for Performing Arts
Travel and Accommodations
The Pan Am Museum is located within the Cradle of Aviation Museum and is part of Nassau County’s Museum Row located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in East Garden City, next to Nassau Community College.
Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4, follow signs to Museum Row which will put you on Charles Lindbergh Blvd, stay on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. to the second traffic light and turn right into the parking lot.
Airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP)
Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available at each airport and LIRR station.
Public Transportation via Bus: The N16 Hempstead-Rockville Centre bus route stops almost directly in front of the Museum.
From Manhattan via LIRR (Long Island Railroad): Penn Station to Mineola, Westbury or Garden City. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available at each station.

Museum Closed Today

Due to inclement weather the museum will be closed today. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Museum Closed

Saturday, April 6th & Sunday, April 7th

Heads up! This weekend the museum will be closed for the Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo!

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The museum will delay opening due to the:
Long Island Marathon
Sunday May 5th
Opening at 1 PM
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The Cradle of Aviation Museum Will Be Closed

For CradleCon

Saturday 5/18 & Sunday 5/19

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please plan travel accordingly

Closing Early
july 13, 2024

The museum will be closed for a special event from 2 PM

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Monday: Closed
Tues ‒ Sun: 10 a.m. ‒ 5
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