The results of the 2016 “Living Legends of Aviation” survey voted Frederick W Smith as the “Most historically significant of all aviation entrepreneurs.” In previous years, Howard Hughes had captured that designation until the 2016 survey. Having founded a 60 billion dollar global company, with nearly 700 aircraft and more than 400,000 company associates, FedEx was built around aviation.
Fred Smith’s accomplishments in aviation will be very difficult to surpass as he continues to impact the world economy. Frederick W. Smith was inducted into the “Living Legends of Aviation” in 2003 on the 100th anniversary of flight. His fellow “Living Legends of Aviation” honored him in 2013 with the “Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award,” and he was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011.
About Living Legends of Aviation
The “Living Legends of Aviation” are a group of extraordinary people of remarkable accomplishment in aviation including entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. The Legends meet annually to recognize and honor individuals that have made significant achievements and contributions in aviation. www.livinglegendsofaviation.org
About Kiddie Hawk Air Academy
The Living Legends of Aviation Awards event is produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a non-profit 501-c-3 qualified organization. Kiddie Hawk introduces children ages 4 through 9 to flight with the Kiddie Hawk Jet Trainers. These trainers allow kids to take their first flight lesson with the sophistication of motion and control of real flight, piloting their airplanes, albeit a few feet off the ground. Kiddie Hawk follows the students as they progress, emphasizing the STEM program to encourage children in math and science, and introduces youngsters to flying and other aviation related careers.