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Wing walker killed in Ohio performed in New Bern

By Ashley Talley
Published On: Jun 24 2013 05:53:36 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 05:57:26 PM CDT
NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Jane Wicker, the wing walker killed during the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio on Saturday, has ties to Eastern Carolina.

She performed during the July 4, 2010 air show in New Bern.

“She was a great, great girl,” said local pilot Hubie Tolson on Monday.

Tolson remembered that Wicker performed in the New Bern air show after taking many years off.

“It took a lot of work and training,” Tolson said. “But she wouldn’t accept any payment. She did it as a favor to the town and to me.”

“What an amazing day," Wicker wrote of the New Bern event on her website. “On Sunday, July 4, 2010, Aurora and I made our grand debut back into the airshow world. I couldn't have planned a more fitting day for this event. Not only was it our nation’s birthday, but it was New Bern’s 300th Anniversary.”

(CLICK HERE to read more of Wicker’s words about her New Bern Air Show appearance.)

Aurora was the name of Wicker’s Boeing-Stearman biplane.

"Jane gave New Bern a great gift," Tolson said.

Wicker and her pilot, Charlie Schwenker, were killed Saturday after their plane crashed during the Dayton Air Show. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the cause of the crash.