Prince Harry Honored as ‘Living Legend’ of Aviation at Awards Gala, Joined by Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos

Los Angeles, California – Prince Harry was praised by helicopter pilot and aviation businesswoman, Lauren Sanchez, after they met at the Living Legends of Aviation Gala. In an Instagram post, Sanchez expressed her admiration for the prince and his contributions to the history and future of flight. Harry, who previously served as a helicopter pilot in the British army, was awarded the title of “living legend of aviation” at the event, alongside Sanchez’s fiance, Jeff Bezos, the founder of space exploration company Blue Origin.

Sanchez, who runs her own aviation filming company, Black Ops Aviation, was also honored at the ceremony and received the Elling Halvorson Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award. She has made significant contributions to the industry and is known for piloting her own aircraft. Sanchez’s praise for Harry may have also been directed at Bezos, as both men have had a profound impact on aviation.

The accolades received criticism from some military pilots who felt that Harry’s award was unearned. However, actor and pilot John Travolta, who presented the award to Harry, defended the decision and felt a personal affinity towards the prince after dancing with Princess Diana. The ceremony, which celebrated aviation achievements, was attended by notable figures in the industry, including Lord Alan West and Colonel Richard Kemp.

During his acceptance speech, Harry reflected on his military career and the significance of flying. He expressed gratitude for the trust placed in him by his fellow comrades, mentors, and himself. His words resonated with the audience, and he received a standing ovation.

The Living Legends of Aviation Gala served as a platform to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the aviation industry. The event highlighted the achievements of Sanchez, Bezos, and Harry, recognizing their impact on the history and future of flight. Through their work, they continue to inspire others and push the boundaries of aviation.