MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 26, 2010) — Two of aviation’s best known names, air show ace Sean D. Tucker and aircraft collection icon Kermit Weeks have joined the board of The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation to further its long-standing efforts to better the environment. Both say they were drawn to the Foundation by its substantial programs within the aviation community to further Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s strong interest in applying technology to solve environmental problems.
“It is a special honor to have individuals with this level of creativity and commitment join with the rest of us on the Lindbergh board at this time of unusual opportunity,” said Lindbergh Chairman and CEO Larry Williams. Weeks, who has been a friend of the Foundation for a number of years, said he was, “looking forward to being associated with such a great group of people supporting a great cause!” Tucker responded that he, “resonated strongly with the Foundation’s Aviation Green program and wanted to help make a difference in this world.” The Lindbergh Aviation Green program is a forward-looking, multifaceted effort that targets the aviation community. It encourages innovative solutions through providing research grants and facilitating significant industry initiatives, acknowledges the progress of those who have made substantial contributions through its annual awards, and communicates new and important ideas through its education programs.
Charles and Anne Lindbergh, throughout their many pioneer flying exploits, shared previously impossible aerial view of the effects of the inexorable advance of human population and economic development on the land, water and air. Realizing that technology was a major component of any equation describing how humanity would both advance and protect its environment, the Lindberghs became the world’s first environmentalists, contributing great effort to these interests during their lives.
The Lindbergh Foundation was founded in 1977 by a group of aviation notables that included Neil Armstrong and Jimmy Doolittle to continue the technology and environmental legacy of the Lindberghs. Since its inception the foundation has built a strong reputation by honoring environmental leadership with its awards and giving more than $3 million in grants to deserving researchers working for breakthroughs that could better the environment and quality of life.