Jaxon Bernard, 6, gives the propeller of a Wings Over Natchitoches model a turn as Mayor Lee Posey looks on. Wings President Mike Hilton and Posey welcomed Ron Smith, CLECO Manager of Origination and Retention, to City Hall Wednesday morning. CLECO is a Platinum Sponsor that represents a $5,000 gift. Smith said CLECO has a long tradition of community support such as sponsoring the air show. Jaxon’s co-pilot is Emery Wenninger, 4. The model will be in the children’s area, a first for the airshow, Oct. 14 at Natchitoches Regional Airport. All events will be free thanks to the sponsors that include The City of Natchitoches and CLECO. Ben Stanfield and Hilton built the plane and other volunteers applied the paint. It represents about 30 hours of labor. From left are Wings/NSU intern Kim Voorhies, Smith, Hilton and Posey.
Wings Over Natchitoches would not be possible without contributions from generous sponsors like Dr. William Luster, Cane River Family Medicine, according to Wings president Mike Hilton. Luster is a local pilot and certified aviation medical examiner. It is because of these qualifications that he is the designated official physician for Wings Over Natchitoches. From left are Cane River Family Medicine employee Angelica Morris, NSU intern Kimberly Voorhies, Luster, Hilton and Cane River Family Medicine’s Barbara Clark and Tymesha Thomas.
“Wings Over Natchitoches would like to express gratitude for the support received from the local community,” says Wings president Mike Hilton. “This air show would not be possible if it wasn’t for the local businesses that choose to sponsor the event each year.” From left are Hilton, NAPA Auto Parts owner Jack McCain Jr. and NSU intern Kimberly Voorhies.