Herb Kelleher 1931 to 2019
January 12, 2019

We mourn the loss of Herbert David Kelleher.

In 2015 the Large Aircraft Trophy was named after Herb who has contributed so very much to aviation--
Airline industry icon, founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Kelleher, an industry pioneer of the low fare airline model, took Southwest Airlines during his tenure from just three airplanes in 1971 to a fleet of more than 527 airplanes in 2008 when Kelleher stepped down.

Kelleher stated, "I am incredibly delighted and honored to accept your proposal as to the naming of the large aircraft trophy and suffused with gratitude to you for the idea."

As an enshrinee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Mr. Kelleher has been a regular presenter at the event.

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