By Jerry Lips
At 10:35 a.m., Dec. 17, 1903, with Wilbur running alongside the wing and Orville at the controls, the Wright Flyer took flight for 12 seconds at Kill Devil Hill.
On Dec. 17, 2003, at the start of the second hundred years of flight, the “Living Legends of Aviation” was born and charged with maintaining the “Living History” of aviation for the second hundred years. The initial 70 “Legends” were given the mandate of maintaining their roster at 70. The nomination and selection process includes selecting individuals for awards, such as “Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur” and other recognition deemed appropriate for individuals that make significant contributions to aviation. All areas and all contributions to aviation are appropriate for consideration.
A special “Living Library” for aviation’s second hundred years is to be created and maintained by the “Living Legends of Aviation.” Individuals honored by the “Living Legends of Aviation” will be part of aviation’s “Living Library.” Biographies, both print and electronic, will be produced and maintained on all significant contributors of aviation, including individuals that help increase awareness of the importance of aviation.
An annual awards recognition event is organized to showcase individuals’ significant achievements and contributions during aviation’s second hundred years.
A record will be kept of those individuals and their contributions to aviation, with the emphasis on the individuals and personalities that influenced such achievement. The “Living History” will be shared using state-of-the-art communication technology.