Anthony & Delisa Mayer

    Anthony & Delisa Mayer Foundation


    Ball Aerospace

    Barney Carlson

    Barry Hirschfeld

    Benson Minerals Goup

    Carl Williams

    Cathleen S. Van Buskirk

    Centennial Airport


    Charlie Johnson

    Chris and Carren Leevers

    Cindy Corrigan

    Citywide Bank

    Conor & Heather McCallin

    David and Johanna Hurley

    David Dickerson

    David Fetter

    Deborah Chapin

    Don Hazlett

    Emily Howell Warner

    Emily Warner

    George Shaw

    Glenn Jones

    Greater Horizons

    Greg Anderson

    Harold Smethills

    Hazlett Cattle Co.

    Holden Family Fund


    IHS Global

    International Jet Aviation

    Ives Legacy Fund

    Jack & Viki Thompson

    Jack Creek Fund

    Jack Cronin

    James Williamson

    Jay & Carolyn McCormick

    Jay H. Lindell

    Jay, Carolyn & William McCormick

    Jeff & Nancy Puckett

    Jeppesen, a Boeing Company

    Jerre & Mary Joy Stead

    JFM Foundation

    Jim & Joyce Jeppesen

    John & Carole France

    John & Lynn Raber

    John Barry

    John Knudsen

    John M. Fox

    John Saeman

    Jones International, Ltd.

    Kathy & August Geise

    Kathy Neustadt

    Lynn Krogh

    Marilyn Farmer

    Mark Van Tine

    Mike Fries

    Nycum Family Foundation

    Old Vine Management Group

    Patterson & Kathleen Shaw

    Peter P. Luce

    Philip & Robin Ecklund

    Pilots Association

    Randall & Pamela Pierce

    Rod Atherton

    Ron & Sheila Smith

    Ronald Smith

    Ryan Exploration

    Scott & Ellen Robinson

    Scott & Jan deLuise

    Sporty's Foundation

    Stacy & Jerry McHugh

    Stephen Strachan

    Sunborne Companies

    Terry Combs

    Terry Stevinson

    The Denver Foundation

    The Family of the late Ralph Herms

    The Kettering Foundation

    The Nycum Family Foundation

    The Packard Family

    The Stead Foundation

    Theda & Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation

    Tim & Kathryn Ryan

    Tom Marsh

    Tom Marsh

    Walter and Gloria Berger

    WB Vollbracht

    William Milam

    Willie Daniels



Just as earlier generations of youth have been motivated to follow in the footsteps of heroes, today’s youth need inspiration and motivation to become the explorers, discoverers, and achievers of tomorrow. The hands-on experiences provided by Exploration of Flight will educate and entertain, and excellence will be recognized in flight, as well as all human endeavors. Every experience will have an educational foundation. In no other institution anywhere will a visitor be so uplifted into a journey of exploration, discovery, and promise.

In keeping with the desire to “educate and inspire through flight,” Exploration of Flight makes possible the Spreading Wings Teacher Flight Program. The objective is to provide a personal flight experience to one teacher in every school along Colorado’s Front Range, thereby providing access to some 85% of all students in Colorado. Subsequently, through these flight-inspired teachers, the goal is to encourage a new generation of aerospace leaders through wide-ranging educational opportunities for students in those schools. More than just a field trip venue, Exploration of Flight will provide an educational dimension to every visitor experience. In fact, the 15-acre site for the new facility also calls for a future Wings Aerospace Academy Charter School, for which research and planning have been under way since 2011.

Momentum for the educational outreach program is well documented. “Spreading Wings” holds the promise of being a model for museums seeking relevance to their communities. It also holds the promise of motivating young people across socioeconomic and ethnic lines to horizons of new opportunities. And unlike many facilities that have built to the limits of their site, Exploration of Flight has room to accommodate future expansions as circumstances allow. This fortunate advantage will help keep Exploration of Flight on the cutting edge of top-tier air and space museums worldwide.