BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Travolta, the "Official Ambassador of Aviation," to host the 13th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" Awards this Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton. Harrison Ford will present the Aviation Legacy Award.
New inductees include: Mr. Michimasa Fujino, the innovative President/CEO and founder of Honda Jet. Daniel Wolff, Chief Pilot and manager of Nationwide's flight department and an active volunteer and contributor to children's flying programs. Greg Feith, former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator and safety and flight commentator for NBC news. In addition Dick Cole and David Thatcher, the last two remaining crew members of the "Doolittle Raiders."
Mr. Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will be awarded the Living Legends of Aviation's "Lifetime Industry Leader Award," with Mr. Steven Udvar-Hazy and Mr. Herb Kelleher, Founder of Southwest Airlines, presenting.
Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman of VistaJet, will receive the "Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year Award." William "Bill" Chiles will receive the "Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award," presented by Bell Helicopter. Miles O'Brien, an instrument rated pilot and independent American broadcast news journalist specializing in science, technology, and aerospace, will receive the "Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award".
The Legends will also recognize Col. Gail Halvorsen. Hailed as the "Candy Bomber," Col. Halvorsen dropped candy bars on final approach to Tempelhof Airport while flying the Berlin Airlift. He ignited an expanded effort supported by the Hershey Company that dropped a million chocolate bars to the German children.
Harrison Ford has chosen Scott Terry, founder of Global Flight Relief, for the "Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award." Global Flight Relief has been instrumental in providing an integrated aviation organization dedicated to disaster relief, humanitarian aid and emergency response to natural disasters around the world. To date, Global Flight Relief, a non-profit organization, has provided more than $1 million in airlift support services, in conjunction with other organizations, to deliver food and medical supplies in Africa and other war-ravaged countries.
Join the 13th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation Awards" and meet the Legends, honorees, inductees and fellow aviators. The Awards are produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization whose mission it is to educate and spark children's interest in aviation. A few seats are still available. Please visit LivingLegendsOfAviation.org.
Patty Kovacevich, Media@LivingLegendsOfAviation.org
SOURCE Kiddie Hawk Air Academy