Lowell Farrand of Ligonier, Ind., has lived a life of quiet satisfaction, concentrating on the activity that makes him the happiest: flying. Now at age 80, Farrand has been honored by the aviation industry for his many decades of dedication to aviation safety and research.
He flew last week to Oshkosh, Wis., where Thursday night he received the 2013 Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement in the homebuilt aviation community. It was presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at the group’s annual convention.
“I’ve been flying since 1946. Back in those days, we would just fly for fun,” he said. “I was 14 when I first started, and took lessons at 17, just to make it legal. Since then, I’ve logged 5,280 hours in the air.”
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Photo by the Experimental Aircraft Association