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Dan Friedkin And Lauren Sanchez Whitesell Host The Planes of Fame Airshow 2014


 A general view of the atmosphere at The Horsemen Flight Team Event

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, Chairman of Auberge Hotels and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, Dan Friedkin, and Emmy award-winning media personality, Lauren Sanchez Whitesell, hosted the exclusive party in the center of the airshow. Thousands of guests witnessed aerobatic performances featuring Friedkin's Horsemen Flight Team and more than 56 historic war aircraft. A few of Friedkin's close friends helicoptered into the event from LA. At a private bar setup on the airstrip, guests sipped on signature cocktails made with Rande Gerber's  Caliche Rum (see recipe below) and Casamigos Tequila. Also on the runway was a Dylan's Candy Bar and kids crafted Mother's Day gifts with Origami Owl.
   Caliche Rum and Casamigos Tequila

Notable guests included Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, with their daughter Kaia, Matt Damon, his wife Luciana and their four kids, William Lauder, Andy Garcia, his wife Marivi and their son, producer Bradley Thomas, David Nazarian, Thea Andrews and Danny Sullivan. Friedkin and Whitesell recently founded Pursuit Productions together; the company has several entertaining projects in the works. Highlights from The Planes of Fame Air Show, produced by Pursuit Productions, will air on The National Geographic Channel later this year.

About the Horsemen Flight Team

The Bremont Horsemen Aerobatic Team took off over a decade ago as the world's only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team. Since that time, the team has grown into flying other platforms in formation, including F8F Bearcats, F4U Corsairs, and F-86 Sabres and most recently, the P-38 Lightning. Even though they change up their aircraft, their philosophy of flight has never changed; ESCAPE LIFE'S GRAVITY. The Horsemen Flight team for 2014 are  Steve Hinton flying lead in a P-38 Lightning with  Dan Friedkin and  Ed Shipley sticking tight to his wing in Mustangs. The Horsemen Flight Team spirit is not represented by individual pilots, particular airplanes, or specific routines. Instead, they are always looking up, searching the skies for life's next adventure.
 (L-R) Luciana Barroso, actor Matt Damon,
 Rande Gerber and model/actress Cindy Crawford
About Dan Friedkin

Dan Friedkin is the Chairman of Auberge Hotels and owner and CEO of Gulf States Toyota. Through family-owned luxury travel and safari operators and the Friedkin Conservation Fund, a charitable organization established by the family to conserve the habitat and wildlife on more than seven million acres in Tanzania, the Friedkins have also contributed over $100 million to support wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts in East Africa. Dan grew up enraptured by flight and enjoys participating in air shows throughout North America and Europe, flying right wing for the Horsemen Flight Team. Additionally, Dan enjoys flying in commemorative displays around the world, most recently in the UK with the  Eagle Squadron.

Cali Daiquiri

2 oz Caliche Rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz agave nectar
1 fresh strawberry

In a shaker, combine all ingredients, then lightly muddle the strawberry. Shake vigorously until well chilled.  Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish with strawberry

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