Lindbergh Foundation, Electric Flight Program Merge

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The Lindbergh Foundation is taking over the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Program, which includes the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize, the groups announced at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday. The two nonprofit groups share a common mission, Lindbergh Foundation Chairman Larry Williams told AVweb. "There was an opportunity to bring the two groups together and be stronger collectively," he said. Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP, will continue to support and promote the program. Yolanka Wulff, who was CEO of LEAP, will become executive director of The Lindbergh Foundation.

The foundation is hosting a series of forums and events at Sun 'n Fun on Thursday. Erik Lindbergh will talk about the history and future of electric flight in a forum at 1 p.m., and the day will end with an awards ceremony at Fantasy of Flight in celebration of the group's 35th anniversary. The foundation also is planning an anniversary dinner at the Explorers Club in New York City in May, with special guests including astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and Gene Cernan. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Williams at Sun 'n Fun for more details on the news; click here to listen.