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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals Names of “Class of 2013” at Wright Brothers Anniversary Dinner

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Tuskegee Airmen mentor, Medal of Honor Army pilot, Navy “Top Gun” Shuttle astronaut, commercial aviation pioneer among four to be enshrined October 2013

(Dayton, Ohio – Dec. 17, 2012)  Tonight the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Board of Trustees revealed the names of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony that will be held in October of 2013.  The four will be joining the roster of 215 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962.

The names and photos of the incoming Enshrinee Class of 2013 were unveiled at a dinner hosted by Dayton-based Aviation Trail, Inc. (ATI) in celebration of the 109th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ historic first powered flight, December 17, 1903.  Serving as the dinner’s emcee was Marvin Christian, President of ATI, and making the Class of 2013 announcement was NAHF Enshrinement Director, Ron Kaplan.

Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprised of over 120 aviation professionals nationwide, selects a handful of U.S. air and space pioneers to be recognized for their achievements by enshrinement into the NAHF.  The NAHF Class of 2013 is a diverse group representing a broad range of significant contributions to the advancement of flight.  The four to be enshrined next year are:

Charles Alfred Anderson The late Charles Alfred Anderson – In 1940, Anderson, who is widely recognized as “the father of African-American aviation,” helped develop a civilian-pilot training program for blacks. His 1941 flight with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt aboard was the catalyst that led to the training of the first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, for whom Anderson served as chief instructor.
Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, USA (Ret) Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, USA (Ret) – His highly decorated 34 year-plus Army career includes developing foul weather and tactical techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat. Brady flew over 2,500 missions during two Vietnam combat tours and rescued over 5,000 wounded. His numerous service awards include the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross.
Capt. Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, USN (Ret) Capt. Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, USN (Ret) – As a Navy fighter pilot, Gibson flew combat in Southeast Asia, graduated from “Top Gun,” and served as a flight test pilot before joining NASA’s astronaut corps in 1978. He flew five Shuttle missions (four as Commander) and participated on the Challenger accident investigation team. Also an aeronautical engineer, record-setting pilot and air racer, Capt. Gibson has logged over 14,000 hours in over 130 types of aircraft.
Dwane L. Wallace The late Dwane L. Wallace, After 41 years with the Cessna Aircraft Company, Wallace retired in 1975 as its Chairman and CEO. During the Depression, Wallace used money won by air racing to meet payroll. After the company served WWII military aircraft demand, Wallace directed Cessna’s development and growth of extensive corporate and general aviation product lines. He was a founder and first chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

The enshrinement dinner and ceremony will take place on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  Often referred to as “America’s Oscar Night of Aviation,” the black-tie ceremony is open to the public and reservations are available by advance purchase from the NAHF.

The NAHF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in Dayton in 1962 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964.  Its mission is to honor America’s outstanding air and space pioneers, which it does through a 17,000 square-foot public Learning Center featuring interactive exhibits, a youth education program, its annual enshrinement ceremony, other public outreach programs, and collaboration with like-minded organizations.

For more information visit the NAHF website at www.nationalaviation.org or call 937-256-0944 ext.10.

 

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Ron Kaplan                                           TEL: (937) 256-0944 x16
NAHF Enshrinement Director                           CEL: (937) 212-8847
rkaplan@nationalaviation.org

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