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“Passport to Elegance” Jet Center Party

Thursday, July 12, 2018   7:00 – 11:00 PM




The inaugural Passport to Elegance Jet Center Party, sponsored by UBS, was one of the “Can’t Miss” parties of the year and aligned perfectly to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix!

This 2018 soiree will once again be held in the 18,000 square foot hangar of the Voyager Jet Center at the Allegheny County Airport and combines everything the discerning party-goer is looking for.

Travel back in time to mingle with the best amongst rare and exotic vintage cars and airplanes, dine on international culinary delights and open bar cocktails, enjoy a live concert entertainment experience and have a chance to win fabulous prizes

This is not a formal event, so no tuxedos or formal gowns needed. Don your own interpretation of chic jet-setter party fashion.  That means pretty much anything that you want to party in, be seen and photographed wearing on a balmy July Pittsburgh night among the crème de la crème in people, cars and airplanes goes.

If you have a vintage airplane or rare vehicle that you would like considered to be on display at this unique event or know of such, please send a description and photo of your plane or vehicle to with the subject Jet Center Party Display Consideration.

Flight Plan

Gates Open – 6:30
Event Start – 7:00 PM
Open Bar– 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
 International Culinary Taste Sensations – 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Desserts – 8:00 PM
Prize Drawing – 10:30 PM
Purchase framed PVGP Posters from all 35 years

Directions to and Parking Information at Voyager Jet Center

PLEASE NOTE:  Access to the Voyager Jet Center facility is from the west side gate entrance to the airport from Route 885 (Lebanon Rd.)  Do NOT go to the main terminal entrance of Allegheny County Airport on Lebanon Church Road.  Look for the Passport to Elegance sign and County Police who will be staffing the entrance.   Please follow the directions of the PVGP parking volunteers.

The GPS address is:
1901 Lebanon Road
West Mifflin, PA 15122

Detailed Directions


The B-25 Panchito will touch down for our event

The B-25 Mitchell Bomber was among the most famous twin engine medium bombers used during World War II. The B-25 achieved worldwide fame 75 years ago on April 18, 1942 when 16 B-25’s, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, were launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet in a daring raid on Tokyo  in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Panchito“, was a bomber with the 396th Squadron, stationed in the Central Pacific that flew missions into Southern Japan and Eastern China. Thanks to Capt. Larry Kelley and the Delaware Aviation Museum for bringing this historic plane to our event for you to tour and sit in the cockpit!

Spirit of Freedom, Berlin Airlift C-54

Capable of hauling 10 tons of supplies this Skymaster participated in the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and 1949. Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company  and delivered to the Army Air Corps in March of 1945, The “Spirit of Freedom” was part of a transfer of 25 C-54E’s to the US Navy Air Transport Service. During this time is was assigned to Squadron VR-3 for the Berlin Airlift, making transatlantic flights from the US to Berlin, Germany in support of Navy Squadrons VR-6 and VR-8.

In later years, after the war it was sold to Millardair in Canada and was used to ferry auto parts between Toronto and Detroit for the next 12 years.  She was named “The Skytrader”. The interior of the plane has been configured into a museum commemorating the Berlin Airlift.

Beechcraft Staggerwing

This 1941 Beechcraft Staggerwing model D17S was purchased by the US Army and used as an attaché/courier aircraft during WWII. It was given to the Royal Navy as part of the Lend/Lease program for that same purpose because of its speed and significant useful load capabilities, which far exceeded other aircraft at that time.



Tour Citation CJ4 and Latitude Jets

Textron Aviation invites you to experience their Cessna® aircraft. The Textron Aviation team will have the Citation Latitude® and Citation® CJ4® aircraft on display at the event for you to take a closer look and learn more.

Textron Aviation is leveraging innovation and technology to shape the future of private aviation with the broadest product portfolio and most capable service network in the industry.

International Taste Sensation

Our menu promises to be an international taste sensation. Rania Harris and her culinary team will take you on a journey through Asia with jumbo lump crab cakes served with a water chestnut chili lime sauce and grilled fillet of beef kabobs with peanut sauce. A stopover in Greece for grilled lamb drizzled with tzatziki sauce. Then hop a quick flight to Italy for Caprese salad-tinis, Gorgonzola olive crostini and skewered antipasto. Journey through South America for grilled chimmichurri seafood kabobs and chicken taquitos.

Once your savory food journey is complete, satisfy your sweet tooth with Rania’s renowned baked goods. It’s another delicious trip around the globe with salted caramel brownies on a stick, Italian favorite cannolis, baklava, French macaroons, and chocolate ganache bars topped with raspberries, strawberries and creme fraiche. A journey sure to satisfy even the most experienced adventurers:  we hope you enjoy traveling with us.
The open bar will feature top shelf cocktails, wine and beer from Helltown Brewery.

A special thanks to Presenting Sponsor UBS Walnut Wealth Management Group for their recognition of and desire to be associated with this first-class event!

There are currently limited opportunities available for event sponsorship that includes event tickets and logo placement on signage. But don’t wait long if you would like to be associated and involved with sponsorship of this event.  For more information on sponsorship and display opportunities and the amenities available within the many package levels refer to PVGP PASSPORT TO ELEGANCE SPONSORSHIP or contact Dan DelBianco.

Allegheny County Airport
1901 Lebanon Rd
West Mifflin, PA 15122

Please contact Event Chairs, Eric Zagrocki and Susan Gera if you have any questions or would like to get involved on the committee.

Simply Sisters Photography‘s Marsha Green does an amazing job of capturing the excitement and beauty of our Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala and will also be the photographer for the Passport to Elegance.

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