Celebrating Veterans Past and Present

The event was November 10, 2018 | 6 pm - 10 pm

The 2nd annual Swing Time Event is a 1940’s theme party and charity gala. The reception was held at the Scottsdale Airport Veterans Memorial and the event took place in the Gemini hangar. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial.

The event had various WWII military aircraft, vehicles and 1940’s era cars on display, 1940’s style cocktails, delicious coffee concoctions, big band music and of course dancing was featured. To complement the mood and ambiance, all attendees were encouraged to dress in 1940s attire.

The Venue – the reception was in the Scottsdale Airport Veterans Memorial and the event in Gemini’s hangar at the Scottsdale Airport, which originally opened June 22nd, 1942, as Thunderbird Field II, an Army Air Corps training facility.  Over 5,500 AAC pilots trained in the Stearman PT-17 aircraft. The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial will commemorate this rich history of the Scottsdale Airport and honor all Veterans.

The event celebrated all Veterans as well as the birthday of the United States Marine Corp. The event featured a Live and Silent Auction and other opportunities for participants to support Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial.

Steve Ziomek, Chairman of Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial board said, “The Swing Time Gala at the Scottsdale Airport will capture the mood and ambiance of an era known for Big Bands, Swing Dancing and Men and Women serving their country” and went on to say, “Scottsdale was at the very heart of training Army Air Corp pilots for war and deserves to have a true Veterans Memorial that the community as a whole can be proud of.”

Swing Time 1940s Hangar Party Timeline (Military Time)

1730    Veterans Memorial & Flag Line to Hangar & 40’s Music at Memorial  

1800    Hangar Doors Open & Silent Auction Opens

1815    First Call

1830    Bag Pipes – Posting of the Colors

1845    National Anthem – Kristen Bickley (acapella)

1850    Welcome & Intro any Dignitaries (Melissa Sharpe & Mike Broomhead)

            Honored Guest – Bob Murray, a member of the 509th Composite Group,
            North Field, Tinian, Northern Marianas, 1945

1853    POW/MIA Ceremony – Luke AFB Honor Guard & Mike Broomhead

1900    Food

1900    Sonoran Serenade Big Band All Out

2030    Band Breaks – Live Auction – David Stone, Auctioneer

2050    Sonoran Serenade Big Band Starts Back Up

2155    Silent Auction Closes

2155    Last Call & Pick Up Auction Items

2210    Sonoran Serenade Big Band Ends


A big thank you to the sponsors listed below for all their help on this event!


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Gemini Airgroup Logo



Ross Aviation Logo

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Please Help & Support our Military Members & WWII Veterans

Your support at this annual event will help us increase awareness of our veterans past and present who have given their lives and limbs for our freedom. And for those whose time is near Realizing Yesterday’s Dreams Today.


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