Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society: Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Members

The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame was created to commemorate and preserve outstanding aviation contributions made in Virginia or by Virginians. Many individual efforts have resulted in the pioneering, growth, or development of aviation and aerospace and must be recorded for future generations. Each year, the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Board of Directors selects one or more individuals for recognition and induction into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

* Notes nominee is deceased.


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Capt. Edward L. Anderson 2002 *

Capt. Edward L. Anderson *
Inducted: 2002
Claremont, Virginia

Captain Edward L. Anderson received his gold Naval Aviator wings in March 1941, transitioned into the Douglas SBD dive bomber and reported aboard the USS Enterprise on June 2, 1941.

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William Robert “Bob” Ashburn 1989 *

William Robert “Bob” Ashburn *
Inducted: 1989
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Inducted in 1989, William Robert “Bob” Ashburn started flying in 1925. He worked as a mechanic for the Army Air Forces, Gates flying Circus, Pitcairn Aviation and Luddington Airlines, which was based at the Washington-Hoover Airport in Washington, DC.

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Elmer Durand Bailey 2008 *

Elmer Durand Bailey *
Inducted: 2008
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 2008, Elmer Durand Bailey began his flying career at Hermitage Airport in 1942. He enrolled in the Civil Pilot Training program flying Piper J-3s, Taylorcrafts, Fairchild PT-19s and Myers OTWs. He completed the instructor course in late 1943.

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Capt. William E. “Bill” Bailey 2016

Capt. William E. “Bill” Bailey
Inducted: 2016
Stafford, Virginia

Inducted in 2016, Captain William E. Bailey’s love of aviation began when he wasstationed at Rhein Main AFB, Germany. Bailey began his flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, completing Fixed Wing Officer Aviation flight training in 1966 and later the Rotary Wing Officer Aviator Training.

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John J. Bannister, Sr. 2016*

John J. Bannister, Sr. * 
Inducted: 2016
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 2016, John J. Bannister, Sr. while being hospitalized as a young boy met and was mentored by Dick Merrill, Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame member and one of the greatest aviators of that era.

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Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh 2006 *

Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh *
Inducted: 2006
Petersburg, Virginia

Inducted in 2006, Lt. Col. Howard Baugh was raised in Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia State College in 1941 and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet at the Tuskegee Army Airfield, Tuskegee, Alabama in March 1942.

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Velta Haney Benn 1983 *

Velta Haney Benn *
Inducted: 1983
Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted in 1983, Velta Haney Benn was active in Virginia aviation for nearly 40 years. She accumulated more than 40,000 hours of flying time and earned a wide range of advanced pilot ratings.

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Charles D. Benn 1989 *

Charles D. Benn 1989 *
Inducted: 1989
Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted in 1989, Charles D. Benn started flying in 1941 and has logged over 30,000 flying hours of which 25,000 hours were as a flight instructor.

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Charles W. Bing 1994 *

Charles W. Bing *
Inducted: 1994
Victoria, Virginia

Inducted in 1994, Charles W. Bing soloed in 1938 at age sixteen in Blackstone, Virginia. He joined the RAF in 1941 and then transferred to the Army Air Forces when the United States entered the war.

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James L. Bland 2013

James L. Bland
Inducted: 2013
Gretna, Virginia

James L. Bland’s contributions to the development of aviation infrastructure in Virginia and the United States are important and far-reaching Jim is a native of Gretna, Virginia and graduated from VPI & SU with a degree in civil engineering.

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Leonard L. Bottoms, Jr. 2007

Leonard L. Bottoms, Jr.
Inducted: 2007
Glen Allen, Virginia

Inducted in 2007, Leonard L. Bottoms, Jr. started flying in 1943, receiving his Private License in 1944. He was an FAA Designated Pilot examiner for nearly 20 years and has served as an FAA safety counselor.

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Edward R. Boyer
Inducted: 2010
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Inducted in 2010, Edward R. Boyer has been rightly called the “Father” of charitable air transportation.

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William E. “Bill” Brightwell *
Inducted: 2002
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 2002, William E. “Bill” Brightwell learned to fly in Aeronca C-3s and Ks. Before WWII, he worked at Embry Riddle Flight Training School in the aircraft maintenance department.

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Weldon C. Britton
Inducted: 2002
Haymarket, Virginia

Inducted in 2002, Weldon C. Britton joined the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII and flew ACRECON missions in P-51s from New Guinea to Japan.

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NASA Astronaut David M. Brown *
Inducted: 2003
Arlington, Virginia

Inducted in 2003, David M. Brown received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of William and Mary in 1978 and earned his private pilot license at the Williamsburg Airport in the summer of 1978.

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Philip W. Brown *
Inducted: 2009
Williamsburg, Virginia

Inducted in 2009, Philip W. Brown earned his Navy wings in 1963 at NAS Beeville, Texas. Upon leaving active duty in June of 1963 he enrolled in college and would eventually earn his Masters degree in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University.

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Thomas J. Brown, Jr. *
Inducted: 1990
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1990, Thomas J. Brown, Jr., was the FAA Chief of Flight Inspection Navigation Aids and Instrument Flight Procedures for Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland from 1957 through 1971.

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Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett *
Inducted: 1981
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1961, Vincent W. “Squeek” Burnett was one of America’s most proficient precision flyers and won the Fred Lund Trophy for aerobatic flying.

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Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd *
Inducted 1982
Winchester, Virginia

Inducted in 1982, Admiral Byrd is best known as an Antarctic and Arctic explorer, aviator and navigator. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1912 and became a Naval aviator.

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Ann Baumgartner Carl *
Inducted: 2000
Kilmarnock, Virginia

Inducted in 2000, Ann Baumgartner Carl took her first flight in a J-3 Piper Cub in 1940. Her addiction to flying was immediate and she declared, “This is what I was made for.”

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Charles W. Carneal *
Inducted: 1984
Aylett, Virginia

Inducted in 1984, Charles W. Carneal was a pioneer airline pilot whose career went from the wood and wire era to the jet age.

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Robert A. Champine *
Inducted: 1979
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Robert A. Champine completed Naval flight training in 1946. Shortly thereafter, he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later NACA) as a research pilot engineer.

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Colonel Adelbert “Buz” Carpenter

Colonel Adelbert “Buz” Carpenter 
Inducted: 2017

Retired Air Force Colonel Adelbert “Buz” Carpenter earned his pilot wings in the Air Force after graduation from the US Air Force Academy, eventually accruing over 4,400 jet flight hours.

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Floyd G. Clark *
Inducted: 1979
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Floyd G. Clark learned to fly in the 1920s and flew with Roscoe Turner at Richmond Air Junction.

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John H. Clarke *
Inducted: 1984
Sandston, Virginia

Inducted in 1984, John H. Clarke was a founder of Aero Industries, a full service fixed base operation serving general aviation planes at Richmond International Airport, VA.

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Sen. Charles J. Colgan
Inducted: 1980
Manassas, Virginia

Inducted in 1980, Charles J. Colgan, State Senator from Manassas, VA, is recognized for his outstanding support of aviation legislation in the Virginia General Assembly.

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Norman L. Crabill
Inducted: 2008
Newport News, Virginia

Inducted in 2008, Norman “Norm” Crabill earned his engineering degree from the Catholic University of America in 1949 and his Master of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1958. Norm soloed in 1947 and earned his private pilot’s license in 1967.

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A. Scott Crossfield, Jr. *
Inducted: 1998

Inducted in 1998, A. Scott Crossfield, Jr., was a US Navy fighter pilot and gunnery instructor during WWII. After the war, he earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering.

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Gen. John R. Dailey, USMC (Ret.)
Inducted: 2008
Fairfax, Virginia

Inducted in 2008, Gen. John R. “Jack” Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and pilot, assumed the duties of director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in January 2000.

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Grady W. Dalton *
Inducted: 1985
Richlands,Virginia

Inducted in 1985, Grady W. Dalton was a leading figure in both banking and aviation. He earned his wings as a private pilot and organized the Richlands Municipal Airport in 1945 and was its owner and operator until 1952.

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William M. Davenport, Sr.

William M. Davenport, Sr. *
Inducted: 1986
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1986, William M. Davenport, Sr., started flying in the late 1930’s and taught flying at the University of Virginia until the outbreak of WWII.

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Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. *
Inducted: 1993
Arlington, Virginia

Inducted in 1980, General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1936, ranking 35 in a class of 216 cadets.

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Thomas H. Davis *
Inducted: 1980

Inducted in 1980, Thomas H. Davis learned to fly at age 16. In 1939 he became sales manager for Camel City Flying Service, later Piedmont Aviation.

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Anthony E. Dowd
Inducted: 1999
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1996, Anthony E. “Tony” Dowd began his aviation career as a tail gunner on B-24s during WWII.

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Charles Duckworth
Inducted: 2013
Chase City, Virginia

Charles L. Duckworth is a native of Chase City, Virginia and from an early age has dedicated himself to the growth of aviation in Southside Virginia and across our State.

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Robert J.Dunahoe, Jr. *
Inducted: 1990
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 1990, Robert J. Dunahoe, Jr. first soloed an aircraft in 1931. He engaged in many flying activities including barnstorming, charter flying, passenger hopping, student instruction, airplane sales and services, and aerial photography.

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Curtis E. Eads, Sr. *
Inducted: 1996
Chesapeake, Virginia

Inducted in 1996, Curtis E. Eads, Sr., learned to fly in a J-3 Cub while working at the Norfolk Navy Shipyard during WWII.

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Woodrow W. “Woody” Edmondson *
Inducted: 1979
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Woodrow W. “Woody” Edmondson began flying when he was 16 years old and operated the first licensed airport in Virginia – Clover Airport in Halifax County.

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Noel C. “Pappy” Ellis *
Inducted: 1978
Lawrenceville, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Noel C. “Pappy” Ellis learned to fly in 1929. He came to Richmond, VA in 1932 as a flight instructor at the former Hermitage Airport and trained British pilots during WWII.

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Commander Theodore G. Ellyson, USN *
Inducted: 1995
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1996, Commander Theodore G. Ellyson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905. He took flying lessons from the pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss in January 1911 and became U.S. Naval Aviator #1.

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Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen *
Inducted: 1987
Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted in 1987, Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen became a Naval aviator during WWII taking part in the first attacks against Okinawa and Formosa.

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Lawrence W. Falwell
Inducted: 1991
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1991, Lawrence W. Falwell has been active in aviation for over 40 years. He received his private pilot certificate from fellow Hall of Fame member Woody Edmondson in 1946 and later received his instrument, multi-engine and ATR ratings.

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W. Calvin Falwell *
Inducted: 1986
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1986, W. Calvin Falwell, a successful Virginia businessman, has been a long time supporter of aviation in Virginia.

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T. E. “Boots” Frantz *
Inducted: 1979
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, T. E. “Boots” Frantz soloed in 1929 and was active in general aviation for more than 40 years. During the 1930s he barnstormed in Southwest Virginia and opened a flying school in Roanoke, Va.

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RAdm. Dewitt L. Freeman, USN (Ret.) *
Inducted: 2003
Louisa, Virginia

Inducted in 2003, Dewitt “Witt” Freeman earned his gold Naval Aviator Wings in 1944 through the V-5 Aviation Cadet Program. He flew the FM-2 until the end of WWII and then transitioned into the F-6F and F-8F.

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Paul E. Galanti
Inducted: 2005
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 2005, Paul E. Galanti began his flying career at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1962. In 1963 he received his Naval wings and became a flight instructor in Pensacola.

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Philbert L. “Doc” Gammage *
Inducted: 1986
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1986, Philbert L. “Doc” Gammage was an engineering technician for NACA/NASA in Hampton, Virginia. Gammage designed and built his first plane, a low-wing monoplane named “Miss Betty”, in the 1930s.

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Paul E. Garber *
Inducted: 1990
McLean, Virginia

Inducted in 1990, Paul E. Garber's name is synonymous with the history of powered and controlled flight. In July 1909, he saw Orville Wright fly at Fort Myer, VA.

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T. Fleetwood Garner *
Inducted: 1986
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1986, T. Fleetwood Garner’s aviation career started in 1936 when he took flying lessons in Norfolk, VA. Garner, a native Virginian, operated Navy War Training Programs and civilian flight instruction programs during World War II.

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Melvin N. Gough *
Inducted: 1978
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Melvin N. Gough began his career as a mechanical engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later NASA) in 1926 at Langley Field, Virginia.

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Carl F. Greene *
Inducted: 1978
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Carl F. Greene was one of the first research scientists assigned to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later NASA) at Langley Field, Virginia.

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G. Warren Hall
Inducted: 2004
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 2004, G. Warren Hall began his flying career at Northfield Airport when he was a junior at Hermitage High School. He attended the University of Virginia earning a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, after which he joined the Navy.

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Captain Arnim L. Harris, Jr., EAL *
Inducted: 2007
Beaverdam, Virginia

Inducted in 2007, Captain Arnim L. Harris, Jr. began flying while in the U.S. Navy serving as an aircraft mechanic. Al soloed in December 1944. After the Navy he flew for Cavalier Aviation as a crop duster and then for Aero Industries under Dave Payne as a flight instructor and charter pilot.

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Marshall Harris *
Inducted: 2014
Roanoke, VA

Marshall Harris managed Woodrum Field in Roanoke, Virginia for over 29 years from January of 1945 to June of 1974.

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Frank E. “Pop” Hatcher *
Inducted: 1978
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Frank E. “Pop” Hatcher was the first man in Lynchburg to hold both an airplane mechanics and a pilot’s license.

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Brig. Gen. William E. Haymes, Sr. *
Inducted: 1982
Danville, Virginia

Inducted in 1982, General Haymes was credited with being the architect of the modern Virginia Air National Guard. He joined the Virginia Army Guard in 1936 and in 1942 joined the Air Corps where he earned his pilot’s wings.

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Wesley V. Hillman

Wesley V. Hillman
Inducted: 1978
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Wesley V. Hillman was the youngest flight instructor in the country at age 17. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation instructor and spent most of his life in Roanoke, VA.

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Homer A. Humphreys

Homer A. Humphreys *
Inducted: 2007
West Point, Virginia

Inducted in 2007, Homer Humphreys first soloed in 1945. While principal of West Point High School he introduced an aviation education program that ran into the early 50s.

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Kenneth Wayne Hyde
Inducted: 2000
Warrenton, Virginia

Inducted in 2000, Kenneth Wayne Hyde earned both pilot’s and mechanic’s license under the apprenticeship of fellow Hall of Famer Charlie Kulp.

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Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson
Inducted: 2017

The subject of the recent hit movie, Hidden Figures, Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson played a crucial role in the development of space travel in the U.S. while blazing trails for African American women.

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Brig. Gen. Benjamin S. Kelsey *
Inducted: 1981
Stevensburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1981, General Kelsey learned to fly at age 14 and owned his own “Jennie” at 17. After graduating from M.I.T., he joined the Air Corps and assisted Jimmy Doolittle in developing instrumental blind flying techniques.

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Christopher C. Kraft, Jr.
Inducted: 1979

Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. is best known as the Mission Director on all the Mercury missions and many of the Gemini missions.

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Charles A. Kulp, Sr.
Inducted: 1997
Catlett, Virginia

Inducted in 1997, Charles A. Kulp, Sr., is best known for his famous Flying Farmer Airshow performances, which have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people at over 600 airshows covering the eastern half of the U. S. and England.

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Charles D. Lamb
Inducted: 2014
Hopewell, Virginia

Charlie Lamb has been passionate about aviation since he first started flying at age 16. As the CEO of Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., his fingerprints can be found on most of the public airports that serve the Virginia Aviation community.

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W. Clayton Lemon

W. Clayton Lemon *
Inducted: 1985
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 1985, W. Clayton Lemon was known by many as the “father of aviation in the Roanoke Valley.” He got his start in aviation by swapping a car for an airplane and soloed without any formal flight instruction.

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George T. Lester *
Inducted: 1981
Martinsville, Virginia

Inducted in 1981, George T. Lester was the first pilot in Martinsville, Virginia. In 1934, he was responsible for the development of Lester Field, which was Martinsville’s first airport.

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Morton W. Lester
Inducted: 1991
Martinsville, Virginia

Inducted in 1991, Morton W. Lester soloed when he was only 10 years old. He has been instrumental in the preservation of aviation history not only in Virginia, but also throughout the United States.

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Donald S. Lopez

Donald S. Lopez *
Inducted: 2001
Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted in 2001, Donald S. Lopez was a fighter pilot during WWII. He flew with the 23rd Fighter Group in China and became an “ace” while flying the Curtiss P-40 and North America P-51.

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Lt. Gen. George Loving, Jr.,

Lt. Gen. George Loving, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Inducted: 2012
Williamsburg, Virginia

During his 37 years of active duty first in the United States Army Air Forces and its successor, the United States Air Force, General George G. Loving, Jr. served his country in war and peace.

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George W. Lutz *
Inducted: 2010
Springfield, Virginia

Inducted in 2010, George W. Lutz’s love of aviation inspired him to dedicate his time and efforts to improving safety, education, and the enjoyment of general aviation through his work with the FAA, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Quantico Marine Corps Flying Club.

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Eugene C. Marlin

Eugene C. Marlin *
Inducted: 2012
Newport News, Virginia

During his 30 year tenure as manager of the airport we know as Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Eugene Marlin became well known for his resourceful and unique style of management.

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Frank Marshall

Frank Marshall *
Inducted: 2003
Manassas, Virginia

Inducted in 2003, Frank R. Marshall played an important role in the founding and development of the Manassas Municipal Airport.

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William Knox Martin

William Knox Martin *
Inducted: 2005
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 2005, William Knox Martin began his flying career in 1912 at the Sloane Flying School.

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Ivor Massey

Ivor Massey *
Inducted: 1980
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1980, Ivor Massey learned to fly in 1914. After seeing action as a pilot in WWI, he started an air transport business in Richmond, Va.

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Joseph M. Mathias, Jr.

Joseph M. Mathias, Jr. *
Inducted: 2005
Windsor, Virginia

Inducted in 2005, Joseph Mathias began his flying career in May 1939 and received his private certificate in 1941, just before graduating from Maury High School.

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John “Pappy” Mazza, Jr.

John “Pappy” Mazza, Jr.
Inducted: 2015
Matoaca, VA

Inducted in 2015, John “Pappy” Mazza’s aviation experience started from an early age, flying with his father. He obtained his pilot license and instrument rating in a Tri-Pacer.

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Kenneth W. Medley

Kenneth W. Medley *
Inducted: 1995

Inducted in 1995, Kenneth W. Medley received his pilot certificate in 1940 and has flown more than 56 accident free years, 53 as a flight instructor.

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Harry T. “Dick” Merrill

Harry T. “Dick” Merrill *
Inducted: 1984
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1984, Harry T. “Dick” Merrill flew the airmail routes from Virginia in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Charles E. Myers, Jr.

Charles E. Myers, Jr.
Inducted: 1999
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1999, Charles E. “Chuck”’ Myers flew low level missions in B-25s attacking Japanese shipping and airfields in New Guinea, the Philippines and the coast of China during WWII with the famed Air Apaches of the Fifth Air Force.

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John Bennett “Ben” Newell

John Bennett “Ben” Newell *
Inducted: 2004
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 2004, John Bennett “Ben” Newell began his aviation career in February 1943 when he was called by the U.S. Army Air Corps to begin his aviation cadet training.

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Everett M. Noel

Everett M. Noel *
Induced: 1989
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1989, Everett M. Noel served as manager of Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, VA where he had been flying since 1943.

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Neilson J. November

Neilson J. November *
Inducted: 1993 
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1993, Neilson J. November soloed on his 16th birthday in 1940. During WWII, he served as an officer aboard an attack troop transport USS Lauderdale.

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Capt. Walter E. Ohlrich, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Capt. Walter E. Ohlrich, Jr., USN (Ret.) *
Inducted: 2006
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Inducted in 2006, Walter E. Ohlrich soloed at age 16 in a PT-17 Stearman and obtained a pilot’s license at age 17.

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Albert M. Orgain IV

Albert M. Orgain IV *
Inducted: 2010
Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

Inducted in 2010, Albert M. Orgain IV, Chairman of the VAHS Board from 2002 to 2010 used his varied talents, unsurpassed leadership skills, and passion for Virginia’s aviation history to raise the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society to a state of recognition unmatched in its history.

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Henry Pascale

Henry Pascale *
Inducted: 1979
Portsmouth, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Henry Pascale learned to fly during WWI and retired as a Captain from the Air Corps in 1935.

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James M. Patton, Jr.

James M. Patton, Jr. *
Inducted: 2009
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 2009, James M. Patton, Jr. began his career as Chief Research Pilot and Head of Flight Operations at NASA Langley Research Center in 1968.

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David P. Payne

David P. Payne *
Induted: 1982
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1982, David P. Payne began his aviation career in 1927 by helping to build the nation’s airway system.

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Jeanne H. Pedigo

Jeanne H. Pedigo
Inducted: 2003
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 2003, Jeanne H. Pedigo went to work for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA forerunner) in 1950.

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Allen C. Perkinson

Allen C. Perkinson *
Inducted: 1978
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Allen C. Perkinson was the first director of the Virginia Division of Aeronautics, State Corporation Commission.

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Major Lee H. Person, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

Major Lee H. Person, Jr., USMC (Ret.) *
Inducted: 2011
Yorktown, Virginia

Inducted in 2011, Lee H. Person, Jr.’s distinguished 33 year career as a researcher and test pilot at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia placed him at the leading edge of aerospace research.

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Willard G. Plentl

Willard G. Plentl *
Inducted: 1984
Highland Springs, Virginia

Inducted in 1984, Willard G. Plentl earned his wings during WWII and flew combat missions during the Korean War.

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John P. “Jack” Reeder

John P. “Jack” Reeder *
Inducted: 2005
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 2005, John P. “Jack” Reeder began his aviation career in the 1930s at the University of Michigan.

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Henry J. E. Reid, Sr.

Henry J. E. Reid, Sr. *
Inducted: 1978
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Henry J. E. Reid, Sr. was one of the first scientists assigned to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Research Center in Hampton, VA.

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NASA Astronaut Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr.

NASA Astronaut Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr.
Inducted: 1997
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Inducted in 1997, Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 at the top of his class.

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E. Paul Rembold

E. Paul Rembold *
Inducted: 1987
Danville, Virginia

Inducted in 1987, E. Paul Rembold became a licensed pilot in the late 1930’s and a flight instructor in the U. S. Navy during WWII.

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Spencer V. Rice

Spencer V. Rice *
Inducted: 1983
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1983, Spencer V. Rice became known as the “Virginia Gentleman of the Airlines” for his tireless work in promoting commercial air travel in the Old Dominion during his more than 40 years in aviation.

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Robert A. Rivers

Robert A. Rivers
Inducted: 2015
Oxford, North Carolina

Inducted in 2015, Robert A. Rivers was a NASA Test Pilot for 14 years at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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Elvin W. “Robbie” Robertson

Elvin W. “Robbie” Robertson *
Inducted: 1988
Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted in 1988, Elvin W. “Robbie” Robertson learned to fly in a Curtiss Jenny in 1920.

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Jean A. Roche

Jean A. Roche *
Inducted: 1978
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1978, Jean A. Roche was known for his skill as an aircraft designer.

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Kenneth A. Rowe

Kenneth A. Rowe *
Inducted: 1994
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1994, Kenneth A. Rowe began his flying career in 1942 as a 19 year-old WWII pilot flying B-24s.

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Kenneth R. “Ken” Scott

Kenneth R. “Ken” Scott
Inducted: 2011
Norfolk, Virginia

Inducted in 2011, Kenneth R. Scott’s 39 year career with the Norfolk Airport Authority, 37 as Executive Director, places him at the top of the list of longest serving directors in the state of Virginia and one of the longest in the United States.

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Sidney Shannon

Sidney L. Shannon, Jr. *
Inducted: 1979
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Sidney L. Shannon opened the Shannon Airport in 1960. He was largely responsible for the growth of aviation in the Fredericksburg area, which in turn led to local business growth.

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Thomas G. Smoak

Thomas G. Smoak
Inducted: 1992
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1992, Thomas G. Smoak started flying after he joined the ROTC at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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Hartley A. Soule

Hartley A. Soule *
Inducted: 1979
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1979, Hartley A. Soule was a pioneering scientist in the development of the United States research airplane program.

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Judge William E. Spain

Judge William E. Spain *
Inducted: 1988
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 1988, Judge William E. Spain began his aviation career as a “grease-monkey” helping to wash, refuel and repair airplanes at Richard E. Byrd Flying Field.

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Chauncey E. Spencer

Chauncey E. Spencer *
Inducted: 1983
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1983, Chauncey E. Spencer learned to fly in 1938 and three years later made a pioneering flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., that changed the lives of millions of minorities in this nation.

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A. Erskine Sproul, M.D.

A. Erskine Sproul, M.D. *
Inducted: 1995
Staunton, Virginia

Inducted in 1995, Dr. A. Erskine Sproul took his first flying lesson with famed “Bevo” Howard and obtained his pilot certificate in 1937.

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Alston M. “Steve” Stevens

Alston M. “Steve” Stevens
Inducted: 2009
Norfolk, Virginia

Inducted in 2009, Alston M. “Steve” Stevens, born in Colonial Heights, Virginia began his flying career in 1946 when he was 16 years old at Colonial Heights Airport in an Aeronca Champion.

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Charles D. Stevens

Charles D. Stevens *
Inducted: 2006
Richmond, Virginia

Inducted in 2006, Charles Stevens began his aviation career as a line boy in 1939 at Washington Hoover Airport.

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Karl Stoltzfus

Karl Stoltzfus
Inducted: 2006
Bridgewater, Virginia

Inducted in 2006, Karl Stoltzfus began his aviation career in 1958 when he joined his father’s business operating Stoltzfus Private Airport.

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Eugene Raymond Sweeney

Eugene Raymond Sweeney *
Inducted: 2004
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 2004, Eugene Raymond Sweeney began his flight instruction in 1935. In 1939 he formed Acorn Aviation Club, which continues today at Woodrum Field.

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Louise M. Thaden

Louise M. Thaden *
Inducted: 1989
Roanoke, Virginia

Inducted in 1989, Louise M. Thaden was one of the most famous women in aviation in the 1920s and 30s.

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Donald M. Thompson

Donald M. Thompson *
Inducted: 1996
New Market, Virginia

Inducted in 1996, Donald M. Thompson holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Rucker A. Tibbs

Rucker A. Tibbs
Inducted: 1988
Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted in 1988, Rucker A. Tibbs served as a U.S. Army tank mechanic during World War II.

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Charles S. Tippett, Jr.

Charles S. Tippett, Jr.
Inducted: 2016
Haymarket, Virginia

Inducted in 2016, Charles S. “Chuck” Tippett, Jr.’s dream of flying began when he was a young child watching planes go over his house.

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Billie S. Toombs

Billie S. Toombs
Inducted: 2004
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Inducted in 2004, Billie S. Toombs began her long association with Sidney Shannon and his airport in May 1968, when she was hired to work in the parts department and fill in on the front counter on the weekends.

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Harvey Ray Tyson, Jr.

Harvey Ray Tyson, Jr.
Inducted: 1998
Ashland, Virginia

Inducted in 1998, Harvey Ray Tyson, Jr., began his aviation career as a “line boy” at Richmond’s Northfield Airport in return for flying lessons.

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Maude “Maxine” Walker

Maude “Maxine” Walker *
Inducted: 2002
Deltaville, Virginia

Inducted in 2002, Maude “Maxine” Walker soloed a Piper J-3 in November 1940 and received her private license in February 1941.

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Larry and Jean Waltrip

Larry and Jean Waltrip *
Inducted: 2001
Williamsburg, Virginia

Inducted in 2001, Larry and Jean Waltrip of Williamsburg became the first husband and wife team to be inducted into the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society’s Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Fred E. Weick 2002

Fred E. Weick *
Inducted: 2002
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 2002, Fred E. Weick started his aeronautical engineering career with the U.S. Mail Service in 1922.

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Richard T. Whitcomb

Richard T. Whitcomb *
Inducted: 1980
Hampton, Virginia

Inducted in 1980, Richard T. Whitcomb was a distinguished aerodynamicist with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, later NASA, since 1943.

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William A. Whittle

William A. Whittle *
Inducted: 1992
Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted in 1992, William A. Whittle began his service in aviation as a civilian surveyor for the U.S. Army corps of engineers in 1941 working on U.S. military bases being developed in Newfoundland.

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Vernard “V.L.” Worrell

Vernard “V.L.” Worrell *
Inducted: 2002
Wakefield, Virginia

Inducted in 2002, Vernard “V.L.” Worrell, Jr. soloed in 1940. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and received his private pilot license in 1945.

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Gerald Yagen

Gerald Yagen
Inducted: 2014
Virginia Beach, Virginia

1994 Gerald W. Yagen and his wife attended a dinner-dance at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario which housed a large collection of historic airplanes.

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Kenneth R. “Dick” Yenni

Kenneth R. “Dick” Yenni
Inducted: 2011
Williamsburg, Virginia

Inducted in 2011, Kenneth R. “Dick” Yenni’s 32 year career as an engineer pilot was significant for his outstanding contributions to the aeronautic, atmospheric science and space flight research programs at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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Brig. Gen. David L. Young

Brig. Gen. David L. Young
Inducted: 2015
Forest, Virginia

Inducted in 2015, Brigadier General David L. Young co-founded the Liberty University School of Aeronautics.

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Martha Anne Woodrum Zillhardt

Martha Anne Woodrum Zillhardt *
Inducted: 1985
Fincastle, Virginia

Inducted in 1985, Martha Anne Woodrum Zillhardt’s career was marked by a number of firsts in Virginia aviation.

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* Notes nominee is deceased.

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