Dear Wings Members and Friends:
“Living in the Age of Airplanes” is a wonderful IMAX movie showing at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. I highly recommend it, because too many of us take flight for granted. Narrated by our friend, Harrison Ford, the film reminds us how airplanes have changed our way of life and connect us to the world every day.
At Wings Over the Rockies, we celebrate flight and its significance to our way of life—past, present and future. This year, we are bringing these perspectives into sharp focus.
During World War II, aviation helped preserve our way of life. We will honor the young men who answered the call and became our “greatest generation” in aircraft over enemy territories. The EAA B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” will visit Wings’ new Exploration of Flight site from May 5-8. This year it will be joined by several other WWII aircraft, from a B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang to a T-6 trainer, C-45, Stearman and others. Later this summer, we are planning to host a twelve piece, life-size sculpture, “Lest We Forget” commemorating a P-38 squadron beautifully crafted by Colorado veteran Frederic Arnold. And on November 5th, perhaps our best Spreading Wings Gala ever will honor America’s living fighter aces in what may be their last “mission” together.
As for the future, our Exploration of Flight site at Centennial is planning several educational programs and flight operations to inspire and educate a new generation of aerospace enthusiasts. In addition to the B-17 visit, we will fly teachers in our 450 Stearman and provide resources to their schools. And we will continue to expand our Wings Aerospace Academy and Aerospace Exploring program. With recent, generous pledges from the Boeing Company and the Gates Frontiers Fund, we are hoping to begin construction on the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery later this year!
We find ourselves in the present—every day!—linking the aerospace heritage we enjoy in Colorado to the promise of new generations to lead us to new horizons. As I write this, we are hosting hundreds of young people for “Kids Day” at the Museum. They are braving a spring snow storm to enjoy many old and new exhibits at Wings Over the Rockies—including a full motion, “MaxFlight” simulator that provides aerobatic flight simulation almost as good as the real thing!
As we live in the age of airplanes, we share with our visitors, members, volunteers and friends an opportunity to change lives. Come change yours with us, and join our Wings family.