Customers Rally to Support Special Olympics Airlift

Soon, more than 200 Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker aircraft owners will join an experience of a lifetime. In June 2022, Textron Aviation customers will donate the use of their aircraft to transport thousands of athletes and coaches to Orlando, FL for the Special Olympics USA Games.

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Since the first Special Olympics Airlift (SOA) event in 1987, customers have transported nearly 10,000 athletes and coaches from across the U.S. to participate in their dream competition event. In this eighth SOA event, Textron Aviation aims to recruit 228 aircraft owners by Feb. 28, 2022.

More than 100 Textron Aviation customers have already joined the effort, including David Miller, director of the CJP Safety and Education Foundation. In this video, David – also known as Chrissy’s uncle – explains how rewarding it has been to support his niece in over 25 Special Olympic competitions.

“To see that giant smile on her face is worth everything,” he notes.

There is still time to join the Special Olympics Airlift and help athletes like Chrissy experience an unforgettable competition. Find out how you can be a part of this monumental event by visiting