The Airlift is coordinated by the Cessna Aircraft Company, the world’s leading general aviation aircraft company. Participating Citations are donated to transport competitors and their coaches to the Special Olympics National Games, which took place at the University of Nebraska Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 17 through 24. This year’s effort, which is Cessna’s sixth Airlift, was chaired by Citation owner and pilot Harrison Ford.
Desert Jet, flying under the call sign of Dove 175, transported several athletes and their coach from Southern California to the event in Lincoln, Nebraska. Desert Jet’s Citation V also participated in the last Special Olympics Airlift, held in July 2006.
“We are pleased to continue our involvement with this very special event” said Denise Wilson, President of Desert Jet and the Captain for Dove 175. “We enjoyed being a part of this great experience, helping to create unforgettable memories for the participants and their families.”
This year’s Airlift was an impressive event, with a Citation jet aircraft touching down at Lincoln Airport every 60 to 90 seconds over a 12-hour period. Trip times ranged from 90 minutes to three hours. Approximately 2000 athletes were transported to and from the Special Olympics National Games in more than 170 Citation aircraft.
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About Desert Jet
Desert Jet operates a fleet of jet aircraft based in the Palm Springs area of California. Desert Jet’s pilots are amongst the most experienced and well-trained pilots in the industry, with an average flight time of over 8000 hours. Desert Jet boasts a perfect safety record and is one of the first charter providers globally to become IS-BAO certified. Desert Jet has two Certified Aviation Managers on staff as recognized by the National Business Aviation Association. Desert Jet is headquartered in La Quinta, California with offices at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal and the Bermuda Dunes Airport. For more information visit the Desert Jet website at http://www.desertjet.com or contact (800) 381-JETS.