Local aircraft owners receive ‘Lindy’ awards

Three area aircraft owners each received one of the recreational aviation community’s highest honors, as Morris’ aircraft was awarded a prestigious “Lindy” award at EAA AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, Wis.

The Lindys are awarded by the Experimental Aircraft Association for high achievements in aircraft construction and/or restoration. It is considered the highest award available in the world in these areas. The recognition is given for Grand Champion (Gold), Reserve Grand Champion (Silver) and Champion (Bronze) aircraft in 11 separate categories, ranging from homebuilt aircraft and vintage airplanes to warbirds and ultralights.

Kenneth Morris of Poplar Grove, Ill., received a Silver Lindy in the Classic Reserve Grand Champion category for his 1950 Cessna 140A. Harold Goellner of Poplar Grove, Ill., received a Bronze Lindy in the Light Sport Aircraft Reserve Grand Champion category for his Quad City Challenger. Greg and Cindy Heckman of Polo, Ill., received a Gold Lindy in the Classic Grand Champion category for their 1946 Funk B85C. Fewer than 75 top awards are given to the more than 2,900 showplanes eligible for judging at EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest fly-in convention.

Posted Sept. 4, 2013

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