Sixth Special Olympics Airlift Preparations Begin

 - October 6, 2008, 12:04 PM

Cessna Aircraft yesterday launched the massive volunteer effort for the airlift of athletes to the Special Olympics, introducing actor, pilot and Citation owner Harrison Ford as the honorary chairman of the 2010 airlift. The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games will be held in Lincoln, Neb., and this will be the sixth time that Cessna has organized the airlift. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches are expected to participate. Cessna is hoping to recruit at least 325 Citations for the airlift of the participants, who are scheduled to arrive in Lincoln on July 17 and return home on July 24. “Corporations and individual Citation owners and operators in every state are needed to donate their Citation business jet(s), pilots and fuel for the airlift,” said Cessna. “It is an opportunity for the athletes,” said Ford, “an opportunity for Cessna to demonstrate its community-minded approach, and an opportunity for all of us in aviation to do something positive and high-profile to promote aviation at a time when aviation faces some difficulties.”