On behalf of the city of Roswell RIAC and Parks and Recreation Department and the Walker Aviation Museum Foundation, I would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to the community of Roswell for its extraordinary support of our New Mexico Centennial Air Tour/Roswell Salute to Aviation on Saturday, Sept. 29. Putting on an event of this magnitude is no small task, and it would have been impossible without the tremendous assistance of many wonderful people, businesses and organizations.
Certainly, we cannot list everyone who participated in this momentous undertaking, but some deserve special recognition for their efforts.
First, we must express our appreciation to the New Mexico Pilots Association for including Roswell as one of the stops on the statewide tour and serving as the impetus for a much larger event for our community.
An effort this large requires funding, and we are very grateful to David Petroleum, Dean Baldwin Painting, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Pioneer Bank, Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply, Xcel Energy and Cable One for their tremendous financial support. They are outstanding examples of the generosity and heart of Roswell.
Next, we extend our sincere gratitude to those who made the event itself so successful: New Mexico Military Institute Color Guard, Drill Team and Regimental Band for their outstanding performances; Councilor Jason Perry for his uplifting invocation; Mayor Del Jurney’s touching comments and proclamation; Cannon Air Force Base for the Osprey display and the C-130 fly-over and display; Holloman Air Force Base for the drone display; AerSale for the 747 display and tour; the Ed Kruse Foundation for allowing us to use and tour the Elvis Presley Jet Star and Birdman Air for preparing and moving it for display; Stewart Industries for the wonderful aircraft tear down demonstration and Dean Baldwin Painting for the exciting tour of its facility; Great Southwest Aviation; the National Guard for the Humvee and wrecker truck display; the Roswell Fire Department, for their display and demonstration; Air Methods, the Civil Air Patrol, and James P. Johns for the helicopter and airplane displays; and the New Mexico Museum of Space History for their exciting display and fun activities; Rita Kane-Doerhoefer and David Knadle for the Login to read more