|Published on Feb 2, 2013
During the 2013 Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, Living Legend Bob Hoover presented the Freedom of Flight Award to the first and last men on the moon. There to accept the award for the late Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong was Neil’s wife, Carol, and his two sons, Mark and Rick. Apollo 17 Commander, Gene Cernan, was at the event and graciously accepted his award. During the presentation Bob gave some personal insight into the lives of Neil and Gene. The Living Legends of Aviation Awards is produced by the KiddieHawk Air Academy.The KiddieHawk Air Academy is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization, located in Littleton, Colorado, dedicated to introducing, educating, and sparking children’s interest in aviation. The KiddieHawk Trainers give children ages 4-9 a sense of flight, albeit only a few feet off the ground. It is the mission of the KiddieHawk Air Academy to give children the “spark” they need to help create the next generation of aviators and aviation Legends, while teaching them the importance of academic excellence to reach their aviation dreams.Volunteers travel to schools, camps, museums, hospitals and aviation events where they have children interact with the Trainer, airplane components, models and speak to them about basic concepts in flight and aviation careers. Volunteers are often active members of the aviation community and include retired pilots, aviation enthusiasts and former educators.