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John Travolta to host the 14th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

By Karen Butler
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John Travolta to host the 14th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Actor John Travolta attends the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards on December 11, 2016. Travolta is to host the 14th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Pulp Fiction actor -- and real-life pilot -- John Travolta has signed on to host the 14th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills Friday.

The program will include the Flown West Tribute to members of the flying community who died in 2016, including Arnold Palmer, Bob Hoover and David Thatcher. The recent passing of Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, will be acknowledged, as well.

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The organization will also welcome five new inductees at this year's event: Ray Conner, vice chairman of Boeing Company; Dr. Tom Enders, chief executive officer of Airbus Group; Elling Halvorson, founder and chairman of the board for Papillon Group; General Mark Welsh III, recently retired chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force; and Nick Popovich, an aviation repossession expert.

Numerous prizes, including one called the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award, will be distributed at the gala. Ford, an aviation enthusiast and screen icon, is expected to attend the event.

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