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