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Celebrating a night with the stars and aviation greats

January 10, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 10, 2014, Beverly Hills, Ca. - The 11th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation Awards, presented by Bell Helicopter and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, announced more honourees this week.  The awards will be held January 17 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

With more legends and celebrities having confirmed to attend than ever, this most prestigious and important recognition event of aviation, the "Living Legends of Aviation," is honoring Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx with the Legends "Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award."  Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, will receive the "Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award."

Bob Hoover has selected Major General Patrick Brady, a Medal of Honor recipient, to receive the "Freedom of Flight Award."  In addition, Hoover will pay tribute to his good friend, Col. Bud Day, posthumously, with his wife, Doris, and son, George Jr., receiving a special Legends medallion.

Morgan Freeman narrates the "Flown West" segment of the program with a tribute to Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).  There will also be a special 10-year salute to the Udvar-Hazy Center, the companion facility to the Smithsonian Air & Space museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, the non-profit organization that produces the Living Legends of Aviation Awards, will induct seven Legends, including T. Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas; David Hurley, who has a 60 year aviation legacy and is Chairman Emeritus of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum;  John Uczekaj, CEO of Aspen Avionics; David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue and Azul Airlines;  Roy Morgan, founder of Air Methods and actor/pilot Treat Williams.  In addition to induction, Jack Erickson, the inventor of the SkyCrane and an avid aviation helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, will be honored as Bell Helicopter's "Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award" honoree.


Harrison Ford is presenting his "Aviation Legacy Award" to Marilyn Richwine and Rhonda Fullerton, two key assistants who coordinate the Citation Special Olympics Airlift with amazing results.  The 11th Annual Awards promises to be a memorable and historic event.


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