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Lindbergh Foundation Announces Winners of 34th Annual Awards

Recognition and Celebration to be held at SUN ’n FUN 2011


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (February 14, 2011) — The Lindbergh Foundation announced today that Dean Kamen, noted inventor, educator and pilot, has been selected to receive the prestigious Lindbergh Award for 2011.  In addition, the Foundation will recognize GE Aviation as the recipient of its Corporate Award for Balance, and Milbry Polk, Founder and Director Emeritus of WINGs WorldQuest, with the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award.  These Awardees will be honored at the 34th annual Lindbergh Award Celebration and Dinner hosted by SUN ’n FUN on Wednesday evening, March 30 during their 2011 International Fly-In & Expo.

Dean KamenBeginning with the inception of the Foundation on the 50th anniversary of the famous transatlantic flight, the Lindbergh Award has been presented annually to individuals whose work has made significant contributions reflecting the Foundation’s mission of balancing technology and nature. “Dean Kamen is probably best known as the inventor of the Segway but he is also a talented single-pilot jet jockey and flies all over in his Beachcraft Premier,” said Linden Blue, chairman of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC, and Lindbergh Foundation Board member. “However, our entire Board of Directors was extremely impressed by Dean Kamen’s lifelong dedication to helping people lead better lives through breakthrough medical innovations, such as the insulin pump.” Blue also noted Kamen’s encouragement to young people to consider a future as science and technology leaders through the FIRST® Robotics program, as well as his work on energy and water purification.

The Foundation’s Corporate Award for Balance is an honor bestowed on organizations whose concern for the environment and dedication to improving quality of life are demonstrated through their business practices. “GE Aviation’s technological innovations have produced tremendous gains in fuel efficiency,” Lorraine Bolsingerobserved Larry Williams, Lindbergh Foundation Chairman and CEO of BRS Aerospace. “Their dedication to research and technology that reduce fuel consumption, noise and emissions is exemplary, and certainly worthy of Lindbergh Foundation recognition,”he added.  “GE’s work is an excellent model for other manufacturers to follow.”

“GE Aviation is committed to developing new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers’ environmental and operating performance,” said David Joyce, president and CEO, GE Aviation.  “We are honored to receive the Lindbergh Corporate Award for Balance recognizing our accomplishments in this important area.” Accepting the Award for GE Aviation will be Lorraine Bolsinger, president and chief executive officer for GE Aviation Systems, LLC.

The Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award is presented for outstanding individual achievement, a spirit of initiative, and great dedication toward making positive contributions Milbry Polkto our world.  “Milbry’s numerous accomplishments as an author and explorer mirror those same talents we appreciated in Anne Morrow Lindbergh,” said Daniel Bennett, the Lindbergh Foundation Director and past president of The Explorers Club, who nominated Ms. Polk for this recognition. “The mission of WINGS WorldQuest dovetails nicely with the Lindbergh Foundation because it provides funding and recognition for women explorers, as well as for scientific research and education.”

“Dean Kamen, GE Aviation and Milbry Polk each represent the very best of what the Lindbergh Foundation seeks to recognize with our Lindbergh Awards,” added David Treinis, an Officer of the Foundation and Chairman of the Awards Selection Committee. “We are pleased and honored to present our Lindbergh Foundation awards to such and outstanding group, and we’re particularly excited to be partnering with SUN ’n FUN to produce this year’s Awards Celebration Event.”

SUN ’n FUN President and Convention Chairman John Burton pointed out that, “With aviation luminaries like John and Martha King, Sean Tucker, Kermit Weeks, and other Board Members representing the Lindbergh Foundation, and an evening full of entertainment and enlightening comments by the Awardees, the Lindbergh Award Celebration is not to be missed.  SUN ’n FUN is proud to be hosting this important event, and to support the long-standing tradition of the Lindbergh Foundation.”

The 2011 Lindbergh Award Celebration and Dinner will include a cocktail reception, auction, and dinner, followed by presentations by Mr. Kamen, Ms. Bolsinger, and Ms. Polk.

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About The Lindbergh Foundation

The Lindbergh Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, which focuses on technological breakthroughs to address significant aviation-environmental issues. The Lindbergh Foundation also values individual initiative and accomplishments.  Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs:  the annual Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward balancing nature and scientific innovation in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927) for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events and publications centered on the balance theme.

About SUN ’n FUN

SUN ’n FUN, a 501(c) (3) not–for–profit organization based in Lakeland, Florida, is best known for its annual International Fly–In & Expo. The Fly-In event is the primary source of funding for an expanding menu of year–round, aviation-oriented education programs offered by SUN ’n FUN and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Florida Air Museum (FAM).  FAM was named the state’s “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center” by the Florida legislature and has initiated education programs for aviation enthusiasts of all ages – especially young people – featuring valuable “hands on” learning experiences.  SUN ’n FUN and FAM provide ongoing support to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), a high school career academy located on the SUN ’n FUN campus that was created in partnership with the Polk County School Board, Polk State College, the University of South Florida Polytechnic, Gulf Coast Avionics and other education-minded organizations.  A growing scholarship program provides financial support to ensure these education programs are accessible to all.  For more information, access the SUN ’n FUN and FAM website at <> or call (863) 644–2431.

About GE Aviation

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.  

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11/08/11 - Pribyl and Stangarone Join Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
10/10/11 - Jeppesen Joins Aviation Green Alliance
4/04/11 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces First Aviation Green Alliance Founder
3/30/11 - Walsh and Koenig Join Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
2/03/11 - Lindbergh Foundation to Lead Aviation Green Alliance

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2/18/10 - News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

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4/06/10 - African Safari, Aerobatics, & the Kings -- Oh, My!  Bidding for Lindbergh Foundation On-Line Auction Begins
3/11/10 - Jack Pelton and FedEx to Receive Lindbergh Awards


11/05/09 - Press Release - Lindbergh Foundation Partners with Rich Sugden to Donate Husky to Kenya Wildlife Service
10/06/09 - Larry Williams Elected Chairman/President & CEO
06/15/09 - Spirit of St. Louis Rides Create Memories
06/03/09 - Kate Dougherty Joins Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
04/22/09 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2009 Lindbergh Grant Recipients at Sun 'n Fun
04/17/09 - Lindbergh Foundation to Premiere New Film at Sun 'n Fun -- Over Africa! Low and Slow

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04/08/09 - The Spirit Flies Again Through the Lindbergh Foundation's On-Line Silent Auction
02/04/09 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2009 Lindbergh Awardees: Lester Brown and Terry and Mary Kohler


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9/15/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Featured Speakers for "Spectrum of Aviaition" Hangar Party
9/12/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Aviation Grant Applications Accepted Until Oct. 30
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7/30/08 - Stanford Financial Group Joins Aviation Green Investment Program

EAA Announcements
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7/31/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Awarded to Ganesh Raman
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7/28/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted until October 30

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Grants Program

7/28/06 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Established


Minnesota Events
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Foundation Background

The Lindbergh Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in West Virginia, which supports great innovations that foster the environment to keep the planet in balance.

The Lindbergh Foundation accomplishes its mission through three major programs:

The Lindbergh Award ~ Annually, the Foundation presents its honorary Lindbergh Award for individuals who have made significant contributions toward the balance between technology and the environment, in their work.
Lindbergh Grants ~ in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927), are given to individuals whose proposed research or education projects will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance;
Educational Programs and Publications ~ centered on the balance theme.

One of the Lindbergh Foundation’s core values is to honor individual initiative and accomplishment in researchers, scientists, and explorers. In doing so, the Lindberghs, who were each outstanding individual contributors to society – through aviation, writing, and environmental conservation, are also honored. Unquestionably, Charles Lindbergh is best known for his historic New York-to-Paris flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. It is much less known that the Lindberghs held a unique perspective on the Earth stemming from Charles’ boyhood growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River outside Little Falls, Minn., his barnstorming days in the early 1920s, and the survey flights around the world he and Anne pioneered in the 1930s. Over the years, the Lindberghs witnessed enormous changes in the land, sky and water in the name of progress. Their concern for the environment became the basis upon which the Foundation was established.

Friends of the Lindberghs at The Explorers Club in New York City established the organization in 1977 (the 50th anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh’s historic New York-to-Paris flight). General James H. Doolittle and Astronaut Neil Armstrong led the national fund raising campaign for the fledgling organization.

Fact Sheets

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Grants Program Fact Sheet (pdf)
Award Program Fact Sheet (pdf)