Wings Over Salina Air Museum receives largest donation yet

When Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers earned the American Association of Airport Executives prestigious Distinguished Service Award, it was easy for him to decide where the $5,000 honorarium that came with it would end up.

He donated the entire $5,000 to the Wings Over Salina Air Museum, making it the largest donation to date for the museum.

“Tim’s generous gift will jump start the fund to build this terrific museum,” said Greater Salina Community Foundation President and Executive Director Betsy Wearing. “His decision to use the honorarium to benefit our community is a great example of the reason Salina is a great place to live. People like Tim put the community first.”

The Wings Over Salina Air Museum is still in the design phase and is several years away from construction. The museum will be dedicated to the past, present and future of Salina area aviation. From the first time an aircraft graced the Salina skies to the opening of Smoky Hill Army Airfield to the closing of Schilling Air Force Base to the current unmanned aircraft milestones being reached by K-State Salina, it will speak to every generation, foundation officials say.

“This will not be your typical air museum with airplanes in an open hangar with display aircraft,” Rogers explained. “We plan to take a more intimate look at the people who have shaped the history of civil and military aviation in Salina and Saline County.”

“The foundation is pleased to provide a platform for donations to build the Wings Over Salina Museum,” Wearing said. “This is going to be a beautiful attraction and another place to chronicle the rich history of our community.”

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