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Lincoln Businesses Collaborate to Create Metal Airplane Sculpture

If you've been to the Lincoln Airport recently, you might have noticed a 14,000-pound, 23-foot-tall metal paper airplane sculpture gracing the roadside along the way. And you probably asked yourself, where did that come from? And why is it located at the corner of West Adams and NW 12th streets?


Pitch, Roll & Yaw, by Shannon Hansen, is located near the entrance of the Lincoln Airport.

The Duncan Family Trust Foundation, created by the Karen and Robert Duncan family to give back to the communities that support Duncan Aviation, donated the sculpture as part of Lincoln's Entryway Project and hired only local talent to create its permanent installation. Duncan Aviation was founded in 1956 by Robert Duncan's father, Donald Duncan. Robert is now Chairman Emeritus of the company. His son, Todd Duncan, is its current Chairman.

Anne Pagel, curator for Karen and Robert Duncan, contacted Lincoln artist Shannon Hansen of Hansen Sculpture to design the iconic image, titled Pitch, Roll & Yaw.

"The sculpture is not meant to be a deep abstract work, it's a unique and playful piece that everyone can relate to," says Hansen.

Lincoln's own Rivers Metals Products fabricated the massive sculpture, boasting a 20-foot wingspan, and delivered it to Duncan Aviation's paint department in May for a top-notch aircraft paint job prior to its installation yesterday morning.

"The paper airplane has been around for more than 2,100 years, in one form or another. This iconic image signifies the joy and wonder that attracts many to aviation," says Connie Duncan, Duncan Family Trust Foundation trustee and wife of Todd Duncan.

 "We are so honored to take part in this project and provide the city with a piece of aviation everyone can enjoy," she says.

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