Wings of Hope Volunteer Receives Order of the Aviator

September 12 was a special day at Wings of Hope. Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, presented longtime volunteer Ken Christian with the Order of the Aviator, Wings of Hope’s highest honor. Ken donated his plane to us, a Cherokee 140 that he often flew to Wings of Hope on his volunteer days. Ken praised the Wings of Hope family for making the donation easy – and understanding the emotions associated with giving up a plane he and his wife, Terri, had flown “almost to the east coast and almost to the west coast” since they bought it in 1999. Before handing over the keys, Ken checked another item off his bucket list: completing a touch-and-go landing at Lambert. Congratulations, Ken, and thank you for your donation!

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