This has been a busy summer – getting support for the Wings Around the Mission! We found that the delay was necessary to gather additional financial support. Fuel prices are expensive in the middle east (close to $25.00 USD per gallon!). However, we have not sat back relaxing – rather we have been at airshows (EAA Oshkosh, AOPA Fly-ins, Local airshows), events, presentations, etc talking about the mission and in particular, why we are doing it!
At one of the airshows, a fellow pilot and I were talking about how he would like to go around the world in the airplane but could not take the time off. I pulled out a black, Sharpie pen, and said “Why don’t you sign the wing of the airplane and that way your signature can go around the world. Just make a small donation to Wings of Mercy Foundation and sign the wing” Hence, a new concept of involving more people was achieved. To date, nearly 75 people have signed the wing of the airplane (see some attached photos).
To solve the ‘ink fading’ issue, we are taking pictures of the donors (and their signatures) and converting that to a permanent decal in addition to their real signature. If a person wants to donate and have their signature on the airplane, that can now be done electronically also! Refer to the web page, http://www.WingsAroundTheWorld.INFO. Simply send us an email with your signature (or note) and donate $25.00 via the web site ($100.00 for corporate sponsors).
As a result, Bryan Budds of AOPA also signed the wing (and made a donation) and wrote a blog about us – see it here http://blog.aopa.org/vfr/?p=2446.