11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards Dinner

  • Jan 22, 2014 5:10pm GMT

I had the great honor and pleasure of attending the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards dinner and ceremony last Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Among the honorees this year were Mr. Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, who received the "Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award," and Mr. Bruce Whitman, Chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, who received the "Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award."

Famed pilot R.A. "Bob" Hoover selected U.S. Army Major General Patrick Brady, a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, to receive the his "Freedom of Flight Award." Mr. Hoover also paid tribute to the late Air Force Colonel George “Bud” Day, another Vietnam Medal of Honor winner. There was also a 10-year salute to the Udvar-Hazy Center, the companion facility to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. The "Aviation Legacy Award" went to Marilyn Richwine and Rhonda Fullerton, who successfully coordinate the Citation Special Olympics Airlift.

The Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, the non-profit organization that produces the Living Legends of Aviation Awards, inducted seven new legends this year, including T. Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas; David Hurley, Chairman Emeritus of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum; David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue and Azul Airlines; John Uczekaj, CEO of Aspen Avionics; Roy Morgan, founder of Air Methods, and actor pilot Treat Williams. Jack Erickson was not only inducted as a legend but was also given the Bell Helicopter's "Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award" for inventing the SkyCrane. Presenting sponsors for the event were Bell Helicopter and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

I was fortunate enough to take pictures with Bob Hoover, Major General Patrick Brady and Marilyn Richwine. Enjoy the pictures!