Dear Wings Family and Friends:
As we wrap up one exciting year and open another, our Board of Directors and staff team are grateful for the continuing support of our members, volunteers, donors and visitors at Colorado’s Official Air & Space Museum.
For me, the Spreading Wings Gala we celebrated in November was an event that exemplified our progress and promise at Wings Over the Rockies. Over 1,150 guests gathered to honor the historic, 45th anniversary reunion of Apollo 13. Astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise were on hand, along with Flight Director Gene Kranz. We also honored Denver’s own Jack Swigert with his family and students from the Swigert International School. Also participating were last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; original Apollo 13 crewmember Ken Mattingly and ten other Colorado astronauts. The event was truly “out of this world,” as we enjoyed a message from astronaut Scott Kelley on board the International Space Station!
The Apollo 13 team experienced an explosion on their spacecraft over 200,000 miles from Earth, turning the lunar landing mission into a tense mission of survival. Believing “failure was not an option,” the crew and NASA displayed courage, determination and resourcefulness in returning safely in what became “NASA’s finest hour.”
The Spreading Wings Gala honored great aerospace achievers whose heritage is alive and well today. We paid tribute to Colorado’s aerospace leadership from Jack Swigert’s service to the scores of astronauts who followed him and call Colorado home. AND we inspired and educated a new generation to follow in the contrails of these brave men.
As you visit and support Wings Over the Rockies, you claim a place in that proud heritage that lifts our sights and our spirits, and makes Colorado a special place. We look forward to our most exciting year ever in 2016. We are glad you are along for the flight!