|By Carmelo Turdo|
The series of events that led up to the Smith family's arrival at Wings of Hope World Headquarters in St. Louis Wednesday to pick up their airplane reads like a whimsical daydream come true. First, Melissa Smith's husband is a pilot, and her college-age children, Rachel and Tanner, are also pilots enrolled in the Liberty University Aviation Degree program. She received the postcard about the raffle in the mail from Wings of Hope, and she bought one $75 ticket. She received a call from Wings of Hope on her birthday informing her that she won the grand prize - the Beech Musketeer. St. Louis is close enough to her home airport - Central Illinois Regional in the Bloomington/Normal area - so that the family can easily drive down and fly the aircraft back without planning a long, cross-country trip. The path to owning this aircraft became smooth and straight.
|(L-R) Melissa Smith, Rachel Smith Grant Ross |
and Warren Smith at Wings of Hope