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Kermit Weeks Biography

For Fantasy of Flight founder Kermit Weeks, the opening of his aviation-themed attraction has been a natural extension of a lifelong, unbounded passion for aviation and aircraft. Weeks has been involved in aviation since his childhood and his enthusiasm for furthering public interest in aviation has never stopped growing. A skilled aerobatics competitor and aircraft designer, Weeks has earned acclaim both for his accomplishments in the air-as an aviator, and on the ground for his technical ability to build aircraft and his promotion of aviation and vintage aircraft restoration.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kermit Weeks grew up in Miami, FL. His childhood interest in mechanical design and construction evidenced itself early. While still a teenager, Kermit had already taken to the skies and learned to fly.At age 17, while still in high school, he began construction of his first home-built aircraft-an airplane he completed and flew four years later. In 1973, at age 20, Weeks had began taking to the air in aerobatic flying competitions while pursuing an aeronautical engineering degree at Miami-Dade Junior College, the University of Florida and Purdue University. By 1977, Kermit had built the "Weeks Special," an aerobatic aircraft of his own design and qualified for the United States Aerobatics Team. In 1978, he was runner-up among 61 competitors worldwide, earning three Silver medals and one Bronze medal in the World Aerobatics Championships staged in Czechoslovakia. Over the span of a dozen years, he placed in the top three in the world five times and won a total of 20 medals in World Aerobatics Championship competition. He has twice won the United States National Aerobatics Championship and has won several Invitational Masters Championships in different worldwide competitions.

During the late 1970's, Kermit's aviation interests expanded to include the acquisition, restoration and preservation of antique aircraft. In 1985, he began operating the Weeks Air Museum in Miami, a non-profit facility that housed much of his private collection and other antique aircraft owned by the museum. As his personal collection expanded, Weeks planned for development of a larger, more comprehensive facility in which to showcase and share his aircraft collection. In the mid-80's he began acquiring a 300-acre site near Polk City, FL., 20 miles southwest of Walt Disney World, for an aviation-themed attraction called Fantasy of Flight.  In 1992, as development plans finalized for Fantasy of Flight, Hurricane Andrew struck the Miami area, virtually destroying the Weeks Air Museum facility (it was repaired and reopened in 1994) and seriously damaging most of the vintage aircraft within it. Some of Weeks' collection, which was damaged by the hurricane, is displayed at Fantasy of Flight. Fantasy of Flight allows the public to see part of the world's largest privately held vintage aircraft collection and show, via fascinating themed exhibits and displays, moments from aviation's storied past. For Kermit Weeks, the attraction's 1995 opening began another colorful chapter in a career devoted to furthering aviation.

On May 26, 2000, Kermit Weeks wed Teresa Blazina during a private ceremony in Sedona, AZ. Now residing in Polk City, FL., Weeks' other interests include playing the guitar, banjo, fiddle and piano. He also enjoys snow skiing and water skiing.

Press Releases

2012

Lindbergh Award Event

1/19/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Lindbergh Awardees

General

10/30/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces AGA Awareness Campaign

10/30/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Aviation Partners Boeing as Corporate Awardee

4/20/12 - BRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Alliance

4/20/12 - Lindbergh Prize for Innovation Given to e-volo

BRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Alliance
as a Founding MemberBRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Allianceas a Founding Member

3/28/12 - Sikorsky Joins Aviation Green Alliance

3/27/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Astronauts Armstrong, Lovell & Cernan
2/15/12 - FedEx Corporation Joins Aviation Green Alliance

2011

General
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

Lindbergh Award Event
3/28/11 - WASPs and Astronaut to Attend Lindbergh Award Celebration
2/14/11 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Winners of 34th Annual Awards

2010

General
11/04/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Sponsors Forum at AOPA
8/26/2010 - Lindbergh Grant Awarded to Stephanie Mixson - Project Focuses on Saltwater Algae as Biofuel Source
7/29/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Named as Beneficiary of Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
7/26/10 - Sean Tucker and Kermit Weeks Join Lindbergh Foundation Board
4/13/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2010 Lindbergh Grant Recipients
2/18/10 - News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

Lindbergh Award Event
4/09/10 - Turn Tax-Day Blues into Aviation Green During Lindbergh Foundation Day at Sun ‘n Fun
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

2009

General
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

Lindbergh Award Event
04/21/09 - Terry and Mary Kohler to Receive Lindbergh Award
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

2008

General
10/2/08 - Technology and Innovation are Key to Making Aviation Safe, Enjoyable & More Fuel Efficient
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
9/08/08 - Lindbergh Foundation to Hold "Spectrum of Aviation" Hangar Party
7/30/08 - Stanford Financial Group Joins Aviation Green Investment Program

EAA Announcements
8/04/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Partners with the Patty Wagstaff/Kenya Wildlife Service
7/31/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Awarded to Ganesh Raman
7/29/08 - Lindbergh Foundation and Orvis Announce Aviation-Themed Clothing Line
7/28/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted until October 30

Lindbergh Award Event
06/12/08 - Lindbergh Awardees Focus on Environmental Stewardship and "Going Green"
04/30/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Offers Rare Collectibles and Aviation Activities in Global Online Auction
02/12/08 - Ted Turner and The Jacoby Group to Receive Lindbergh Awards

2007

General
12/06/07 - Aviation Green Investment Program Announced
11/27/07 - Larry Williams, President of BRS, Inc., Joins Board
10/09/07 - John King Elected to serve as Chairman of the Board

NBAA Announcements

09/26/07 - Linden Blue Joins Foundation Board; "Lindbergh Partners" Program and Other New Board members Announced; Ed Bolen Recognized for NBAA Chairities Gift

EAA Announcements
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Award to Thomas Ehresman
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Partnership Set for a Third Year
07/25/07 - First Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Recipient Reports Significant Progress
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted Until Nov. 1

Lindbergh Award Event
02/13/07 - Lindbergh Foundation to Honor Fay, Cernan and Susanka
04/17/07 - Lindbergh Award Celebration Honors Dr. Fay, Cernan and Susanka; Google to Receive Corporate Award for Balance; Silent Auction and Book Signing Also Planned
06/08/07 - Four Lindbergh Awardees Reflect on Living Life on Earth

2006

Lindbergh Award Event
1/31/06 - Foundation Presents Lindbergh Award to Peter Diamandis and Will Steger
5/16/06 - Patagonia, Inc. Receives First-Ever Corporate Award for Balance
6/14/06 - Aviation and the Environment Find Common Ground

Grants Program

7/28/06 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Established

2005

Minnesota Events
6/9/05 - Burt Rutan and Other Aviation Legends Inspire Crowd
2/14/05 - Lindbergh Foundation to Host Two Events in Minnesota

News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

2004

General
11/3/04 - Historic Space Flight Unites Past and Present

 
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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

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

 

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