October 14, 2015: Almost 200 guests attended the long-awaited dedication of the Flight Ramp of Exploration of Flight to celebrate the first step in phased development of the new aerospace education and technology center.
Wings’ beautiful Alexander Eaglerock—the first airplane manufactured in Colorado—was the first aircraft to grace the beautiful 65,000 acre ramp, followed by Wings’ 450 Stearman, which has flown over 350 Colorado educators in the Teacher Flight Program. An aerobatic Pitts biplane and Cirrus SR-22 displayed recent performance and technology. Several World War II veterans and Wings Aerospace Academy middle schoolers represented past and future generations to explore and discover horizons of achievement at Exploration of Flight. Wings Chairman John Barry led speakers that included Airport Manager Robert Olislagers, Sunborne Managing Partner Bret Packard and Wings CEO Greg Anderson. All participated in the ribbon cutting before the Alexander Eaglerock. A scheduled B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” was delayed from participation in the flight ramp ceremony, but arrived to provide flights and tours through October 20th as examples of future activities at Exploration of Flight.