When I met Harrison Ford Sunday June 4, 2017 in Boston, I guess I could say another dream a light year away had somehow come true. The funny thing is that I didn’t seek him out. Quite the opposite. Yes, I knew Harrison Ford was scheduled to be the Cabot Award recipient for the Aero Club of New England, ACONE for his volunteer work flying teenagers as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA, and yes I had mailed him a letter weeks before inviting him to come and see my Super Seawind Amphibious airplane at Hanscom Air Force Base, however, with no response I concluded my invitation was a dead end.
Back to Sunday: Lo and behold, I was conversing with fellow attendees in the Boston Seaport Hotel lobby near one of several side entrances when the door swung open and a a six-foot suited man walked through it and came straight for me and said “Hello Steven.” Almost stunned, I looked straight at him two feet from my face and almost gathering my words I said “Ah Hello Mr. Ford.” The three other men around me jaw dropped probably thinking “Why did Harrison Ford walk directly up to Steve as the first person he greeted after entering the hotel?” Well it wasn’t because of my acting talent, which is zero and it wasn’t because we both had spent lots of hours flying in DHC DeHavilland Beavers; me in the U.S. Army and he in the movie Six Days and Seven Nights in 1998 where Ford as grumpy Beaver Pilot Quinn Harris stuck on a remote South Pacific island with NYC elitist Robin Monroe (played by Anne Heche) had to repair their beach crashed DeHavilland to be saved from oblivion. It was because Harrison Ford wanted to see my Super Seawind, N71RJ!
“You have a remarkable airplane.” Harrison Ford went on to say, “I’m sorry I won’t be able to see it today because I have had a change in plans.” Like a basketball, my hope went up, through the loop and back down again – just about that fast. At least I can now say that I have met Harrison Ford and chatted with him. I also gave him a new Seawind hat and I enrolled him as an honorary ground crew member. Somehow, I have a feeling we’ll meet again. Perhaps I’ll see Mr. Harrison Ford at Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin July 23-30? That would be icing on my Super Seawind cake!