Coca-Cola Consolidated Named Dove 1 for the 2022 Special Olympics Airlift

Longtime customer and Special Olympics supporter Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc., the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States, will be the first aircraft to land at the Orlando Executive Airport on Saturday, June 4, as part of the eighth Special Olympics Airlift. As the first aircraft to land, Coca-Cola Consolidated will receive the special “Dove 1” call sign.

Hear from Coca-Cola Consolidated and one of the Special Olympics athletes that will arrive in Orlando on Dove 1.

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Peyton Manning Named 2022 Special Olympics Airlift Honorary Chairperson

Winning a Super Bowl is a team effort. And so is flying athletes from all over the country to participate in the legendary Special Olympics USA Games. That’s why we’re happy to have Peyton Manning as our honorary chairperson.

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What is the Special Olympics Airlift?

Textron Aviation presents the Special Olympics Airlift, which is a monumental event where CESSNA CITATION, BEECHCRAFT KING AIR, BEECHCRAFT PREMIER, BEECHCRAFT BEECHJET and HAWKER aircraft owners and operators donate the use of their aircraft, fuel and pilots to transport Special Olympics athletes and coaches to the Special Olympics USA Games. The 2022 Airlift will be the eighth that Textron Aviation has coordinated, and with the help of our generous customers, industry partners and volunteers, we are able to transport thousands of athletes and their coaches from across the country to this event. In fact, a Textron Aviation aircraft will take off or land every two minutes as a part of this effort.

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What should I expect?

With athletes traveling from all over the country, each aircraft can expect to carry between three and seven athletes plus a coach or sponsor from their home base to the USA Games and back.

All aircraft will fly into Orlando Executive (KORL) for the games. Orlando Executive Airport is a Class D airport with a 6,004' and 4,625' runway with JET A fuel available. Our team has worked hard to create an efficient and enjoyable Airlift. We have designed the process to allow you to drop off your passengers and turn around quickly, considering ramp space limits and high traffic in the southeast corridor.

Once you are registered, you will receive a letter with an Airlift decal, and a medallion for your aircraft and additional information on your participation.

Then in May 2022, you will receive a package that includes all the information you need for your Airlift participation, including your special “Dove” call sign.

What are the Special Olympics USA Games?

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted Sunday, June 5 through Sunday, June 12 in Orlando, FL. The 2022 USA Games are expanding to include 20 different sports and will include 4,000 athletes from the United States, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Held once every four years since 2006, this is the first time the USA Games have been held in Florida. The main venue for the event is the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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