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(Richard B. Russell Airport, Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s aviation program was among the main sponsors and helped coordinate key elements of the 2012 Wings Over North Georgia 2012 Air Show at the end of September.

The three-day event saw dozens of high-flying acts from across North America take to the North Georgia skies putting their skills on display for tens of thousands of fans who filled the runways of Russell Airport in Rome for the exhibition. “This is a perfect venue for something of this caliber,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College aviation program director, Jon Byrd. “The program we offer at the college is all based at this airport in our own hanger and classrooms. We couldn’t have had a better hands-on, first-person experience for our students than this. We are very proud of the effort everyone gave and plans are already underway for next year.”

From a National BBQ Cook-Off, to an Aaron Tippin concert, to world-traveling stunt plane teams, to even an appearance from the last remaining member of the crew on the World War II bomber, Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima in 1945, the event was full of eye-popping and inspiring attractions that fans won’t soon stop talking about.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers Aviation Technology and Aviation Technician programs leading to certificates, diplomas, and degrees. This year, GNTC is celebrating its fiftieth year of technical education in Northwest Georgia. For more information on the aviation careers that a GNTC education can lead to, contact the aviation program at 706.802.5085. Georgia Northwestern is an equal opportunity institute and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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