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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2019”

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Amy Spowart
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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2019”

Announcement made today at National Aeronautic Association Fall Awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

November 27, 2018-The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is thrilled to announce the individuals who have been elected for its 2019 Enshrinement. Trustee and Executive Board Member Dr. Kathryn Hughes and Executive Director Amy Spowart revealed the Class of 2019 before an audience of nearly 300 attendees at the Fall Awards Dinner of the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprised of over 120 aviation professionals nationwide, selects from a prestigious group of previously-nominated air and space pioneers to be recognized for their achievements with induction into the NAHF.  Since its founding in 1962, 241 men and women have been honored with enshrinement into the Congressionally-chartered, non-profit National Aviation Hall of Fame.

The NAHF Class of 2019, who will be inducted at the 57th Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on September 28th, 2019 in Denver, CO, is a diverse group representing a broad range of enduring contributions to both the advancement of flight and manned exploration of space:

Colonel Guion “Guy” S. Bluford, USAF (Ret)- Ph.D. aerospace engineer, fighter pilot, decorated Vietnam veteran, instructor pilot, NASA Group 8, mission specialist on four Space Shuttle missions.

(The late) Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC- Congressional Medal of Honor Awardee,  “Flying Tiger” combat pilot and flight leader, WWII fighter ace, CO of the “Black Sheep Squadron”, WWII POW.

Brigadier General Charles M. Duke, Jr., USAF (Ret)- USNA graduate, test pilot, NASA Group 5, CAPCOM Apollo 11, LMP Apollo 16, 10th person to walk on the moon.

Mrs. and Mr. Martha & John King- 40 year veterans of aviation instruction, revolutionary pioneers of multimedia training programs that have instructed more than half the pilots in the U.S. flying now. 

 (The late) Ms. Katherine Stinson– 4th female in the U.S. to earn a pilot’s certificate, founder of the Stinson School of Flying (1915), trained WWI military pilots, first woman to carry airmail, exhibition circuit pilot, set multiple distance and endurance records.

The NAHF was founded in Dayton in 1962 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964. Its mission is to honor America’s aerospace legends to inspire future leaders, which it does through a 17,000 square-foot public Learning Center featuring interactive exhibits, a youth education program, other public outreach programs, its annual enshrinement ceremony and collaboration with like-minded organizations.

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