April 18 2013 0Comment

XJet hosts over 175 guests for a Wingspan Liftoff Celebration

April 18, 2013: On April 18th,  XJet hosted over 175 guests for a Wingspan Liftoff Celebration.  Astronaut Eileen Collins (Honorary Chair of the Spreading Wings Teacher Flight Program) keynoted the reception, speaking of her experience as a teacher, pilot and astronaut during an interview with John Barry, Wings Board Member.  The Spreading Wings Teacher Flight Program promotes aviation to area teachers by giving them a flight experience in a 1942 Boeing Stearman and providing them with educational resources and curriculum to use in the classroom to connect aviation and space to other subjects (see videos by Eileen and reacher Shelley Jacobs elsewhere on this website).  Amelia Earhart of 9News (and Wings Board member) served as MC for the program.  In addition, Greg Anderson, President and CEO of Wings, announced a new, “Climb” phase of the Wingspan Capital Campaign.  Our goal is to find 100 high level donors who will help us reach our $21 million goal to build Exploration of Flight.  Nineteen charter members of the “Wingspan 100” were recognized for their leadership investment, and two new members resulted from the event!