Kenosha man donates private plane to charity

Wings of hope provides transportation service
Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 05, 2018

It's a common thought after you spend a considerable amount of money on something, you no longer want or need it, you sell it to get something back. However, Alan Kuro decided he didn't need anything back. 

He's not been tricked or scammed out of anything. Kuro is paying it forward with a private plane. 

"I enjoyed this. This was inspiring for me to do this," said Kuro. 

The International Nonprofit Wings of Hope will take Kuro's plane off his hands. Wings transports medical aid, sick children, and desperately needed supplies to communities all around the world. 

One of the nonprofit's chief pilots is Donald Hoerstkamp, a veteran pilot with nearly 50 years in the cockpit. He's come from St. Louis to pick up the plane. Hoerstkamp has been with Wing's for five years and has collected more than 100 planes.

Kuro earned his wings back in the mid 1970s' and says health complications are what cut his flying log short in 2014.  But he wasn't ready to give up the plane back then.   

"It's took me that many years, just to resolve. That it's not gonna, I'm not gonna, be able to do it anymore," said Kuro. 

While he does poke fun at himself for taking so long, his humility for doing this is what really stands out. 

Hoerstkamp says Kuro's plane could be sold, at least 90% of which will go directly into Wings of Hope. Another option for the plane, it could be used for transportation services, which are free to families in need. 

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