Aviation Legacy Awards to go to two Wichitans for Special Olympics Airlift work

Wichitans Marilyn Richwine and Rhonda Fullerton will be in good company Friday when actor Harrison Ford presents them with an Aviation Legacy Award for their work coordinating Cessna Aircraft’s Citation Special Olympics Airlift.

The awards are part of the 11th annual “Living Legends of Aviation” awards produced by the nonprofit Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

Living Legends of Aviation will honor Fred Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx with its “Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award,” and Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International with the “Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award.”

Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a Medal of Honor recipient, will receive the Freedom of Flight Award, and actor Morgan Freeman will narrate a tribute to Experimental Aircraft Association founder Paul Poberezny in a Flown West segment of the program.

Seven Legends of Aviation will be inducted including Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas; David Hurley, 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 and pilot Treat Williams.

Jack Erickson, the inventor of the SkyCrane and a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot will be honored as the Bell Helicopter’s Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award honoree.

The event will be held Friday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.