ANGWIN, Calif. — In what is already being billed as the biggest recruitment coup in Adventist college education, Pacific Union College confirmed today that 72-year-old actor, producer and avid pilot Harrison Ford has joined the school’s Aviation program as an instructor.
Ford, who just last week survived a forced crash-landing of his plane shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Municipal Airport, will provide specialized training in how to deal with in-flight emergencies. “Every pilot needs to know how to keep a cool head and do the right thing in an emergency,” said Ford, discussing his plans as an instructor. In addition to showing students how to deal with things like inclement weather using PUC’s Frasca 180 flight simulator, Ford says that he will train students how to land in case of engine failure (the likely cause of his accident.)
“Not only will I have the facilities at PUC at my disposal but I’ll walk students through how I used an inflatable life raft to escape from a plane that was about to crash into mountains in ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,'” said Ford. “Also no one should forget that I successfully crash-landed a plane in ‘Six Days, Seven Nights.’ Students can learn from that too.”
“We are looking forward to welcoming Mr. Ford and giving him a tour of our campus-based airport in the near future,” said Aviation Department Head, Jan Forsberg. He emphasized that Ford would bring with him “an incredible breadth of experience” to the PUC Aviation faculty and would lend greater credibility to the school’s Aviation degree programs.
“Anyone who has followed Mr. Ford’s career knows that he is a legend both on and off the screen,” said Forsberg. He stressed that the actor’s survival of a real crash landing shows that his talents have a genuine, real-world application. “We need him. This guy is indestructible.”