Han Solo’s Greatest Mission Was Right Here in Wyoming
Today, millions of Star Wars fans across the world will see Harrison Ford reprise his legendary Han Solo character in The Force Awakens. While Ford will forever be remembered for piloting the Millennium Falcon, his greatest mission occurred right here in Wyoming.
Ford, a long time Jackson Hole resident and licensed pilot, would often assist local authorities in search and rescue missions. In 2001, a 13 year old boy was reported missing in Yellowstone National Park. 18 hours later, he was discovered by Ford, who was leading a helicopter search in the area.
Cody Clawson is now 27 and lives in Utah with his wife and son. But he'll never forget the the day Han Solo saved his life. In a recent interview, the former Boy Scout relived the moment when he realized the helicopter pilot who had just found him was one of the most famous men in the world.
"He said, 'Good morning,' and I recognized him because he said it just like he did in 'Star Wars'. He asked how I was doing and said, 'You certainly should have earned a merit badge for this," Clawson told ABC News earlier this year.
Ford's loyal legion of fans will always admire his exploits a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. However, his greatest mission came 14 years ago right here in the great state of Wyoming.