The 2016 Living Legends of Aviation survey has voted Frederick W Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, as the “most historically significant of all aviation entrepreneurs,” the company said.
In previous years, Howard Hughes captured that designation. FedEx founded a USD60 billion dollar global company, with nearly 700 aircraft and more than 400,000 company associates.
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.
The Living Legends of Aviation is a group of people with accomplishments in the aviation industry who meet annually to recognize and honor individuals who have made contributions in aviation. 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 four through nine to flight with the Kiddie Hawk Jet Trainers.