Harrison Ford brings star power to aviation caucus meeting

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The “Indiana Jones” star and pilot discussed his longtime love of flying Tuesday during a meeting of the House General Aviation Caucus.

“I like to fly with a full airplane,” he smiled to ITK when we asked about which members of Congress he’d like to hop in a plane with.

Wearing a pair of glasses, a black jacket, and a light blue buttoned shirt, the subdued action star, joined by caucus chairmen Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), as well as a few of the caucus’s roughly 170 members, spoke fondly of his passion for aviation.

Ford, who has piloted planes for nearly 20 years, remarked, “It’s given me a great joy and I hope I can use it to benefit other people.”


Sam Graves, Harrison Ford
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Harrison Ford. 
Source: Judy Kurtz


Barrow recalled a few of the characters Ford made famous as he introduced the Hollywood actor, saying his favorite hero was Rick Deckard in the 1982 hit “Blade Runner.” He then turned to Ford and said while he’s played plenty of heroic roles, Ford is also “a hero in real life.”

Graves thanked Ford for adding a bit of star power to the Longworth House Office Building discussion —hosted by a number of aviation groups, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Air Transportation Association — saying, “Education is key to our efforts to highlight the everyday concerns of America’s pilots, and his efforts to stand up for the little guy are appreciated.”