Aviation's 'Living Legends' Gather Friday

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On Friday night, Hollywood notables and famous aviators will mingle at the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation awards event, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Actors John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks and Kurt Russell are scheduled to participate, as well as aviation legends including Sean D. Tucker, Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger and Bob Hoover. Among those receiving awards for their contributions to aviation are Capt. James Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 mission; U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, a former U.S. Air Force pilot; Clay Jones, CEO of Rockwell Collins; and Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters. The event will be held at the Beverly Hilton. It is produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a nonprofit group that works to inspire young children, ages 5 to 11, to take an interest in aviation and excel academically.

The "Living Legends of Aviation" is a group of 70 aviation entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, record breakers and astronauts, as well as celebrities who fly. The group meets once a year to recognize those who have advanced aviation and to induct new members. Other celebrities and well-known aviators attending the event include Cliff Robertson, Clint Eastwood, Clay Lacy, Kermit Weeks and Tom Selleck. Tickets for the event are made available to the public every year; for this week's event, the cost is $800 each, or $250 for the cocktail event or after-party only. The event is sold out, although a waiting list is available online.