Celebrate Aviation
A Fundraiser for Kansas Aviation Museum

October 16, 2021
4pm - 6:30pm

Join us for this unique event bringing together a group of our area’s top aviation authors, exploring a wide range of topics.  The afternoon will feature keynote speaker Molly McMillin of Aviation Week, and include book authors Paul Bowen, Ron Ryan and Ed Sykes.

Individual Ticket<br>

Complimentary Book, Drink Ticket

Couple's Ticket<br>

Complimentary Book, 2 Drink Tickets

Doors open at 4pm for book signings. The program will begin at 5pm.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar from Shaken and Stirred.

Tickets include a complimentary book for signing. Additional books will be on hand for purchase.

Kansas Aviation Museum aims to Inspire, Preserve, Educate and Commemorate Kansas Aviation for the Future.  Founded in 1991, the museum features rare, unique and historic aircraft, exhibits from Kansas’s rich aviation history and the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. 

KAM’s educational programs engage area youth with flight, setting many on the path for futures in aerospace.  In the restoration shops, dozens of talented, dedicated and highly skilled volunteers donate countless hours of their time restoring aircraft. The archives are a research treasure trove with many one-of-a-kind original items available nowhere else.  Your support for these programs is appreciated.

Sponsorships available, please contact Barb Kramer for details.

Molly McMillin, Keynote Speaker

Molly McMillin is a 25-year aviation journalist, currently managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network.  This follows nearly 2 decades at the Wichita Eagle as the senior aviation/aerospace reporter, with many unique experiences along the way.  She has won numerous awards including the 2013 National Business Aviation Association’s Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence.  Molly was featured in the book Ad Astra: 161 Adventurers, Astronauts, Discoverers, Explorers, Pilots, Pioneers and Scientists and was selected the 2014 Outstanding Alumni at WSU’s Elliott School of Communication.


Paul Bowen
Air to Air Mustangs and Corsairs, Air To Air Warbirds
Artist in Residence, Kansas Aviation Museum

Paul Bowen has been shooting aerial photography since 1972.  His shots from the open tall-gunner’s position of a World War II B-25, have become his signature speciality.  He sits on the edge, thousands of feet up, strapped in and sighting through a lens.  He is credited with over 950 magazine covers and countless advertising campaigns. Considered by many to be the Dean of Aviation Photography, he travels the globe in search of stunning backgrounds.  Paul is best known for his vortices aerials. 

Paul is the museum’s artist in residence, with photography on display and available for purchase. 


Ron Ryan
Making Money Out of Thin Air: My Life as a High Time Pilot

Ron Ryan has flown over 30,000 hours and over 30 kinds of aircraft, mostly jets. Most captains may average 10,000 flying hours in a career. Airline pilots are limited by 100 hours per month or 1,000 hours a year flying time, and very few pilots ever fly as many as 30,000 hours, thus the classification as “A High Time Pilot.”  Ron shares some of his more noteworthy take-aways from experiences in the world of International Business.


Ed Sykes
The Patch and The Stream Where the American Fell

For Ed Sykes, aka World's Greatest Fighter Pilot, saying something is impossible only makes him want to do it more. The Patch and The Stream Where the American Fell tell his inspiring story of never giving up whether that be achieving his dream of being a fighter pilot or fulfilling the oath: "Leave No Man Behind."  Still haunted by his friend’s death in the Vietnam War 40 years earlier, Ed Sykes begins a new battle, to bring home the unrecovered remains of a fallen brother.