Nominate a ‘Hometown Hero’ to fly with the Thunderbirds at AirFest

From press release

The Chicago/Rockford International Airport and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have teamed to host a “Hometown Heroes” flight program in Rockford during AirFest 2010. This program is designed to highlight someone from the Rockford area who has given of themselves to better the community. The nominated local hero will receive a 1-hour Thunderbird orientation flight in one of the world’s premier fighter jets–the Lockheed Martin F-16D.

Heroes might include, but are not limited to: an average citizen who heroically saved a life; a renowned teacher; a community humanitarian; a local firefighter, paramedic or police officer; one who mentors children or volunteers as a coach or tutor in a youth program; or someone who dedicates their life to working with at-risk children.

People ineligible for the program include, but are not limited to: elected and appointed officials; unit honorary commanders; newscasters; reporters; or other individuals who have the ability to garner publicity in their own right. Persons with prior felony convictions are not eligible for a flight with the Thunderbirds under the Hometown Heroes Program.

“This is a chance for RFD through the Thunderbirds to bring to light some of the great people that we have in our community,” said Geoff Oman, AirFest director

Nominations should consist of the person’s name and a story of why you think they should be our “Hometown Hero” and fly with the Thunderbirds. Nominations must be sent to Dan Streed at by May 31, 2010. The Hometown Hero will be announced June 1, 2010.

For more information, visit or contact Geoff Oman at (815) 969-4416.

AirFest tickets

AirFest officials want to remind AirFest guests that advance sale tickets are available. Those who would like to save on this amazing family-oriented event should act now. Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the Administration Office at 60 Airprot Drive between the Main Terminal and UPS from 9 a.m..-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.Fly

From the May 26-June 1, 2010 issue

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