We may be used to seeing Harrison Ford honoured for his work on the big screen, but not so much for his undoubted skills as a pilot. Here, Ford is presented with the Hoover Trophy, and it’s touching to see how clearly affected he was by the award and the art of aviation.
Congratulations to pilot & #generalaviation advocate, Harrison Ford, on receiving this year’s Bob Hoover Trophy. The award was presented by 2017 winner @seandtucker. Thank you Harrison & all other award recipients for inspiring future aviators & for protecting our industry. pic.twitter.com/ttqQUewhc5
— AOPA (@AOPA) March 22, 2018
Pilot, general aviation advocate, and actor Harrison Ford said he was humbled to receive the Hoover Trophy named for test pilot and aerobatic showman R.A. “Bob” Hoover, an aviation mentor who inspired countless others. Ford accepted the honor for GA greatness and then lavished praise upon another aviation legend—the 2017 winner and award presenter Sean D. Tucker—during the third annual R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy Awards hosted by AOPA in the historic Terminal A lobby of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C.
Ford’s acceptance speech was a platform that highlighted the “metaphor of flight to create social justice” through the Hoover Academy, and he expressed admiration for Tucker’s program that was established in an area known for a high percentage of youth homicides.
Head on over to the AOPA site and watch the video, where it quickly becomes very clear that this award means more to Ford than pretty much any other.