Giving back and local support are what make a great society. Aviation Technologies, Inc. & Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport were pleased to present the second annual “Wings and Wheels” Aircraft, Car & Motorcycle charity event at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
In 2015, the event raised $10,000 for Corporate Angel Network. The event attracted over 2000 spectators who enjoyed the Spirit of Freedom, a C-54 transport cargo plane used in the Berlin Airlift, and a T-33 Canadian Fighter jet, along with other impressive aircraft. Appealing to the car enthusiasts, Pocono Mountain Street Rods attracted 180 classic car participants to compete in our inaugural event. This year, spectators were able to enjoy motorcycles at Wings and Wheels, as well as a static aircraft display, and an impressive display of classic, antique, sports, and muscle cars.
This year, Wings and Wheels took their giving to new heights! They were able to raise $25,000 for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors.
“In 2006, the late Major General Gerald Sajer and his wife, Helen, decided to be on the frontlines of aiding veteran families and founded the non-profit Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. “When our son Frank (then Lt. Col. Frank Sajer) came home alive from Iraq, General Sajer and I looked at each other at Thanksgiving and said, ‘We need to do something for our wounded soldiers and their families,’” Helen recalled… Shortly before he passed away last year, General Sajer asked Helen if she was going to “march on” with PA Wounded Warriors. She answered, “I’m sure of it.” The Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors instead focuses on the long recovery process of the veterans. ” -Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors
Wings and Wheels 2016 was a huge success with the variety of activities it offered including a static aircraft display featuring a B-25 and SNJ-5 Navy Trainer, raffle baskets, an expansive car show, and more. Attendees were even able to try out Aviation Technologies New Redbird FMX Flight Simulator. It’s through our sponsors and community support that we can offer the fun activities and beautiful aircraft. “Taste Time to Love Us” and a variety of other vendors brought the event some delicious food. Families from all over came and took advantage of the aircraft rides, simulators, and family friendly activities. 2017 is looking to be just as promising to offer support to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc.
Just days prior to the event, Tony Marinucci of the Pocono Mountain Street Rods, passed away. He was passionate about this event and would have been so proud of the amazing effort the Wings and Wheels was able to do on behalf of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc.
We were please to have food provided by Taste Time to Love Us, Chilly Willy, and a Variety Other Food Vendors