Harrison Ford to be honored by the Aero Club of Southern California with the 43rd Annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Aeroclub of Southern California is proud to honor a legendary hero, both on and off screen, Harrison Ford with the prestigious 43rd annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award. Ford will receive the award in a live ceremony on Friday, June 10, 2022in Los Angeles at the California Science Center Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Pavilion.

To buy tickets for the 43rd edition Howard Hughes Memorial Award, visit https://www.aeroclubsocal.org/events/.

Best known for his renowned acting career, Harrison Ford is a fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot. He began his flight training in the 1960s in a Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer, but at $15 an hour, he couldn’t afford to continue training. In the mid-1990s, he continued his lessons when he bought a used Gulfstream II and asked one of his pilots, Terry Benderto teach him.

Ford shared his love of flight with young people as president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program for five years. During that time, he piloted over 280 children in his DHC-2 Beaver.

In 2010, he commanded an Operation Smile medical volunteer and provided an airlift for Haiti earthquake victims. Ford is a volunteer search and rescue helicopter pilot in Teton County, Wyoming. He traveled to washington d.c. several times to defend the rights of pilots. He is an honorary member of the board of directors of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope and vice-president of Conservation International.

“It is an honor to celebrate Harrison Fordthe illustrious actor, pilot and passionate aviation advocate for his volunteer work with Young Eaglesaircraft rescue and humanitarian efforts,” says Georges ButtsPresident of the Aero Club of Southern California. “Aéro Club’s mission is to honor the giants of aviation and aerospace while providing generous scholarships to students pursuing studies in either field. We look forward to bringing together industry professionals and the public to recognize Mr. Ford in June and celebrate the visibility he brings to the aviation and aerospace industries through his accomplishments in aviation and his film career iconic.”

the Howard Hughes The Memorial Award honors outstanding leaders who have advanced the fields of aviation or aerospace technology. by Harrison Ford name will be added to Howard Hughes Memorial trophy, a beautiful mid-century modern globe and vehicle sculpture, joining forty-two aviation and aerospace pioneers.

To buy tickets and learn more about the 43rd annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award, visit https://www.aeroclubsocal.org/events/.


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