Fort Wayne Air Show looking for ‘Hometown Hero’ to fly with Thunderbirds

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The search is on for a ‘Hometown Hero’ to fly with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

The Fort Wayne Air Show is featuring the Thunderbirds at its 2019 show at the 122nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard Base.  Nominations are now being accepted for someone to get a ride of a lifetime in an F-16 Fighter Falcon.

“While the Thunderbirds ultimately decide who receives this honor, we know that there are people in the Fort Wayne community who have done – or are doing – great things,” said Col. Kyle Noel, Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Air Show. “The Thunderbirds and the air show want to recognize this hero/heroine who could have an opportunity to fly in a jet and experience the maneuvers the Thunderbirds perform in front of thousands of fans each year.”

A deserving hero nominee might include a wounded warrior; an average citizen who heroically saved a life; a renowned teacher; a community humanitarian volunteer; a local firefighter, paramedic or police officer; one who mentors children or volunteers as a coach or tutor in a youth program; or someone who dedicates their life to working with at-risk children. Nominees need to be top performers, and looked at as a positive role model.

There are some who are not eligible for this program.  They include active-duty military members, elected and appointed officials, unit honorary commanders, or board directors.

To nominate a hometown hero, simply send an email with the name of the person you are nominating and a brief explanation as to why you are nominating this person. Please send email to:  Submissions must be received by March 31, 2019.  Fort Wayne Air Show organizers will review submissions and submit the most compelling submissions to the Thunderbirds for their consideration.  The Thunderbirds will announce their selection closer to the air show.

The Fort Wayne Air Show is June 8 and 9, 2019.  The event is free to the public.

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