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Harrison Ford Soars On Screen and Off

aviation authors aviation history celebrities who fly Mar 21, 2024

In recent years, actor Harrison Ford has reprised his iconic roles of Indiana Jones, Han Solo and Blade Runner’s Office Deckard. But there’s one more title that Ford refuses to retire: pilot. 

Ford first began flight training in the 1960s until costs became prohibitive. After making it big as an actor, he returned to his love of aviation and bought his first plane in the mid-1990s. Ford received his pilot’s license at age 53 and has been collecting and flying vintage planes ever since. He has also been honored with the Living Legends of Aviation award, one of only a handful of stars who have received this honor. Ford has also conducted several rescues during his years of flying. He also earned his helicopter ratings and has participated in several mountain rescues with his Bell 407, working in conjunction with Teton County Search and Rescue.  

The actor has also been part of several aviation incidents, including the crash landing he made in 2015 on a golf course in Southern California after his World War II-era plane experienced engine failure. Lucky to leave the crash scene with only a broken arm and head injuries, Ford has gone on to fly another day. 

Most impressively, Ford continues to use his fame for the betterment of aviation, having made several trips to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the general aviation community, as well as serving as a board member of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope. He has also donated funds to a charitable organization that teaches at-risk teens in California to fly. 

A pilot to this day, you can bet that Harrison Ford will keep his eyes in the sky. 




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