For Immediate Release: Reno, Nevada -he National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) is thrilled to welcome once again, Wings of Hope as the sponsor of the Steven-F. Udvar Hazy trophy for Contemporary aircraft at the prestigious competition for restored aircraft at the Stihl National Championship Air Races, Sept 14-18, 2022.
Wings of Hope, based in Chesterfield, MO is a global humanitarian network that spans ten countries, including the United States. Nearing their 60th year, Wings of Hope has a rich history and makes an impact throughout the world, saving and changing people's lives through the power of aviation.
The history behind Wings of Hope began in a desert region of Kenya 1959 called Turkana. The region was devasted by a terrible drought and then flooding in 1959. The government provided some support, but then two years later the Nairobi officials allowed missionaries access to the region for additional assistance and provision.
Through the efforts of a Catholic Bishop and resolute men a funding program established the Marian Medical Airplane Fund to raise the $11,000 needed to buy a new Piper Super Cub 18A that would provide rescue and supply efforts for the needs of the people.
Our own, Neil Armstrong, who passed in 2012 praised the service of Wings of Hope.
"I certainly want to send my congratulations on your efforts on behalf of Wings of Hope. I am certain that this valuable project is achieving brotherhood between nations in a way that cannot be accomplished by diplomacy or government aid programs. As an aviator, I sincerely salute this fine service as being one of the best achievements of the combination of general aircraft and dedicated individuals of good will." - Neil Armstrong
Using the power of aviation, Wings of Hope provides medical air transport services within the United States. Globally, Wings of Hope partners with local organizations to improve their aviation systems and outreach, a model that allows the organization to provide sustainable and community-focused development solutions that respect people's rights to make decisions about their own lives. Wings of Hope's SOAR into STEM program, in partnership with Boeing, engages high school students with project-based learning, connections to STEM curriculum, and a front-row seat into the workings of a global aviation nonprofit. Come visit the Wings of Hope Cessna- 206KY by the NAHI tent to learn more about the organization's rich history and learn about ways you can support their mission.
About the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI):
NAHI was founded in 1998 at the Reno Air Races by four well-known aviation-oriented organizations: Rolls-Royce, the Reno Air Racing Association, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The goal of NAHI is to preserve our nation's rich aviation history by encouraging the restoration of vintage aircraft to airworthy condition. In addition, NAHI work with the aircraft, owners, pilots and aviation legends to encourage students to pursue careers within the aviation and aerospace industry.
About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The National Championship Air Races are held every September just north of Reno by the Reno Air Racing Association, a 501(c)(3). The event has become an institution for Northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world with seven racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. Independent economic impact studies show that the event generates as much as $100 million annually for the local economy. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, visit AirRace.org.
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Reno Air Racing Association