Friends Of Charlie Schwenker, Jane Wicker Turn Out For Air Show After Deadly Crash

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BEALETON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A horrifying crash at an air show in Ohio killed two: pilot Charlie Schwenker and wing walker Jane Wicker.

To the men and women at the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Virginia, the two people killed weren't just performers, they were old friends.

John King, the President of Flying Circus Airshow, says there is now a huge hole in the hearts of the crew.

He told WUSA9 the two died doing what they loved and "it was easy to say they loved what they did because doing this is hard work and if you don't love it, you won't do it."

The Flying Circus Airshow holds a show each weekend during the summer.

Wicker and Schwenker have each taken part in helping them build strong bonds with the crew at the airshow. 

"He flew while I wing walked and to do that there has to be mutual respect," said Chuck Tippett, a wing walker who flew in planes piloted by Schwenker.

Over the years, Wicker and Schwenker spent a lot of time here at the Flying Circus Airshow. Though Wicker went off to do her own thing in recent years, Schwenker was here just last weekend to take part in an air show.

They say Wicker was talented and determined and had the incredible nerve it took to be a wing walker.


Fellow wing walker, Jana Leigh McWhorter tells us "we all know the risk involved, but we all love it so much we do it."

Schwenker took part in national championships but loved volunteering to entertain the crowds who came out for the Flying Circus Airshows.


The Flying Circus Airshow planned to dedicate their show today to their friends but the show was cancelled due to the rain.

They feel that truly honoring their friends means continuing to do what they all loved - performing in the skies.

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