February 14, 2019 – Clay Lacy has piloted aircraft for over 55,000 hours, possibly more than any other human being in history. Now his legendary achievements as a pilot in commercial, business, military, racing and test flights will inspire a new generation of aerospace leaders at Wings Over the Rockies’ (Wings) Exploration of Flight Campus at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado.
The “Clay Lacy Field of Dreams Flight Ramp” will be a launch pad for future aviators who visit the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Exploration of Flight. The major gift will help expand the 77,000 sq. ft. flight ramp to accommodate additional flight activities.
“The Field of Dreams Flight Ramp is a perfect place to recognize Clay Lacy’s renowned career throughout the national aviation community,” said Wings’ President and CEO Maj Gen, John Barry, USAF (Ret). “His generosity will help create a focal point for America’s future aviators, right here in Colorado.”
The Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery provides year-round activities that interact with the Flight Ramp. Exhibits and programs provide visitors a “living hangar” with all dimensions of the flight experience. Wings volunteers have already provided hundreds of flights for area young people, teachers and those interested in aviation.
Wings Over the Rockies recognized Lacy in 2016 for his career in aviation, which included several connections to Colorado. Lynn Krogh, CEO and Founder of International Jet Aviation at Centennial Airport has known Lacy for almost fifty years.
“Clay Lacy is known throughout the aviation community as a business leader, entrepreneur, test pilot, race pilot and airline captain,” said Krogh. “Exploration of Flight will be a nationally known center to launch new generations of future aviators to follow in his contrails.”