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"Celebrities who have become pilots and pilots who have become celebrities"

  Most recently, Andrea
was asked to create a portrait of JohnTravolta for the 2007 "Living Legends of Aviation" awards gala. Mr. Travolta received the "Ambassador of Aviation" award.

Mr. Travolta admiring Andrea's art collage of 2007 award inductees.

A special portrait was commissioned by Airport Journals to honor astronaut Bill Anders, lunar module pilot on the Apollo 8 mission and photographer of the famous photo of the earth rising above the moon.

       

                                                      

 

 

To honor individuals given awards by the "Living Legends
of Aviation", Andrea is commissioned to draw their portraits. 

For the past 5 years, astronauts, aviators, entrepreneurs, and
inventors, celebrities who've become pilots and pilots who've
become celebrities have all been honored at this most prestigious gathering.
  


View John Travolta accepting his
"Ambassador of Aviation" award

View the "Flown West" video
produced by Andrea Parks and
narrated by Morgan Freeman

Visit the "Living Legends of Aviation" website
 

 

 

The following portraits commemorate

unique individuals in aviation

 who have accomplished remarkable feats

and have been honored by Airport Journals' annual

"Living Legends of Aviation"

   


 

2004

Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year

 

Founder, Adam Aircraft.  Inventor of the A500 and the A700.

 

2003

Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur

 

 

Charles C. Gates

In 1961, took over the family business in Colorado  of Gates Rubber 
Company.  Founder of Gates LearJet, today known as Learjet Corporation.
 

 

   

 

2004

Aviation Entrepreneur
of the Yea
r

 

Joe Clark

Founder and CEO of Aviation Partners, Inc.  Developed the Blended Winglet.


2004

Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur
 

Clay Lacy

Owner of Clay Lacy Aviation.  Has flown more than 300 different aircraft and has more than 30 different type ratings.  Holds 29 current world
speed records.  Has accumulated more than 50,000 hours of flight time-reportedly more than  any other person in the world.

 

 
   

 

2005

Aviation Entrepreneur
of the Yea
r

Vern Raburn

Founder of Eclipse Aviation, a very light jet, for a market share more conducive to the main-stream business man.

 

 

2005

Lifetime Aviation
Entrepreneur

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy

Introduced the concept of the "operating lease".  As CEO of International Leasing Corp.  it is the instrument by which all commercial aircraft are leased.  Recently presented the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum with $60 million dollars, the largest monetary gift in the institutes history.

 

   

2006

 Aviation  Entrepreneur
of the Yea
r

Dale and Alan Klapmeier

Founders of Cirrus Design Corporation. These FAA certified composite aircraft include built-in parachutes.  Cirrus has outsold
every other four-seat aircraft manufacturer in
the world.

 

2006

Lifetime Aviation
Entrepreneur

Al Ueltschi

Founder and Chairman of FlightSafety  International, developer of full-motion simulators,  for both domestic and military use.  Also founder
 of ORBIS International, the flying eye hospital, eliminating unnecessary blindness throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

2006

Living Legend's
Freedom of Flight Award

Bob Hoover
 

He has personally known such great aviators as Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacher, Charles Lindberg,
Jacqueline Cochran, Neil Armstrong, and Yuri Gagarin.

Bob Hoover is best known for his air show career, which started when he was
hired to demonstrate the capabilities of Aero Commander's Shrike Commander.

 

 

2007

 Aviation  Entrepreneur
of the Yea
r

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum

 Boeing and Airbus will be busy for  years filling the largest
 order ever placed for new airliners.   
Dubai is becoming a world
 aviation hub and one of the most
 sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities of the
 world.  With Houston, New York and San
 Francisco also being served, Dubai's
 traditional past and its future are being bridged.

 

 

 

 

2007

Living Legend's
Freedom of Flight Award

Dr. Forrest M. Bird

Dr. Forrest Bird invented the world's first heart-lung machine in 1958, the Bird Universal Medical Respirator.  In 1970 his "Baby Bird" provided breakthrough
technology in neo-natal care, and still today, saves millions of young lives worldwide.  Inventor of the high altitude regulator, the anti G-force suit and scores of other devices, Dr. Bird's inventions are the foundation for Bird Space Technologies.  His respirator research lab in his Idaho facility also houses his museum and collection of  21 rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

 

2007

Living Legend's
Freedom of Flight Award

George McGovern
 

George McGovern was there in the skies over Europe during World War II, flying 35 combat missions in the
B-24 "Liberator" bomber he
dubbed the Dakota Queen. 
His perilous missions were conducted
in the most desperate of circumstances, earning the 21-year-old pilot the Distinguished Flying Cross.  

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007

Aviation Industry
Leader of the Year

Pete Bunce

 Mr. Bunce joined GAMA from the Pentagon as Director of Air Force Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison working closely with the House and Senate. He also spent five years as the Department of Defense's representative to the International Council of Air Shows' Board of Directors and Safety Committee.   GAMA is an international trade association headquartered in Washington, DC  representing over 50 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics and related equipment. 

2007

Lifetime Aviation
Entrepreneur

James D. Raisbeck

Raisbeck Engineering designs, engineers and certifies systems to increase airplane productivity and safety on business and airline aircraft.
For more than three decades, all Learjets have sported Raisbeck wings. Raisbeck's latest contribution to the Learjet family is the ZR LITE wing and flap system, which reduces cruise drag by almost 10 percent and increases the FAA-certified takeoff performance.

 

 

 
       
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