There are not many places where you will find the likes of Neil Armstrong and Chuck Aaron rubbing shoulders with Morgan Freeman and John Travolta. But this Friday, Jan. 16, the world’s greatest icons of aviation and Hollywood stars will be at the Beverly Hilton ballroom in Beverly Hills, CA for the Living Legends of Aviation Award.
The list of past honorees is quite impressive. In 2009, Elon Musk was given an award for “Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year.” That same year, Tom Cruise earned the “Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award.”
Check out the highlights form last year’s event and see for yourself.
On the roster this year, according to UPI, is Angelina Jolie. She will likely be awarded for her role in directing the film Unbroken, which depicts the true story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, the American WWII aviator, POW survivor and Olympian.
How could it be that elites from two worlds, aviation and Hollywood, would come together for such an evening? Well, the ceremony is also a fundraiser for an organization called the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy. This academy, which is really a non-profit, 501(c)(3), sets out to inspire young children and give them,
the ‘spark’ they need to help create the next generation of aviators and aviation Legends, while teaching them the importance of academic excellence to reach their aviation dreams.
Their main vehicle to achieve this goal is the Kiddie Hawk Air Trainer, a small aircraft simulator that mimics the controls and movements of an actual airplane. It is only big enough to fit children, and is accompanied with lessons about aerodynamics, aviation and potential career paths.
If that description did not do the job, here is a video of none other than Captain “Sully” Sullenberger explaining the Air Trainer along with the organization’s goals.