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2019 Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees & Banquet

The Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the 41st reception and dinner marking the Induction of Colonel Floyd Callihan, Captain John Corradi and Steve Hoffmann into The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center
2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

 

Veteran to be inducted into Va. Aviation Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of the Richmond Times Dispatch

Veteran to be inducted into Va. Aviation Hall of Fame
Richmond Times Dispatch
Oct. 6, 2019
By Rosyln Ryan/ Editor

Of all the things he has accomplished over the past 93 years — and the list is long indeed — Goochland resident Floyd Callihan says the one of which he is most proud is having led the charge in 2004 to have Virginia’s Route 288 designated as the World War II Veterans’ Memorial Highway.

Callihan, a Navy veteran whose own WWII service included serving aboard the USS Block Island from 1944-1946, will himself be honored on Oct. 19, when he is inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

The honor will serve as the capstone to a career that has earned Callihan myriad awards and accolades for public service, as well as the respect and admiration of his peers.

“He is one of the most honorable people I know,” said John Myers, a fellow Navy veteran who came to know Callihan through his affiliation with Goochland’s American Legion Post 215, the current home of which Callihan lead the drive to build, debt free. “He has dedicated his life to the American Legion, and he supports us in all of our efforts.”

Callihan’s reputation for generosity and humility is well-known, Myers said, and not just among fellow Legion Post members.

Simply put, Myers said, “I have never in all my life heard anyone say a bad word about Floyd Callihan.”

While nine decades may seem like quite a few years —Callihan turned 93 on Monday, Sept. 30 — the Goochland resident seems to have packed in enough living for twice that many.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1927, Callihan was already showing an industrious streak by the time he was in high school, spending much of the time he wasn’t studying working in a local pie shop. With the United States embroiled in war in the Pacific and in Europe, he left school in 1944 before he finished his senior year to join the US Navy (he would eventually be awarded his diploma).

Assigned to the carrier USS Block Island, Callihan spent his days helping to protect the Atlantic shipping lanes from the threat of German submarines, which had been sinking large numbers of American military transports.

It was during this time, Callihan remembers, that he first fell in love with the idea of flying as he watched the pilots take off and land on the carrier’s deck.

Callihan began taking flying lessons in 1953, the same year he joined the United States Air Force Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as a warrant officer in the Northfield Senior Squadron. He quickly earned his private pilot’s license, and would eventually earn his multi-engine and commercial licenses as well.

After years of dedication and perseverance—during which he was credited with 16 “finds” and 6 “saves” as a search and rescue pilot—Callihan achieved the rank on full Colonel and was appointed Commanding Officer of the CAP’s 1,500 member Virginia Wing. Serving from 1980-1983, he oversaw a program that would be rated first in the nation in operational readiness, a distinction for which Callihan was honored by the United States Congress in 1981.

Throughout his career, Callihan earned high praise for his willingness to roll up his sleeves and get things done, from producing a comprehensive safety manual for the Virginia Wing (still in use today), to negotiating a 100-year, $100 dollar lease with Chesterfield County for a new Wing headquarters at Chesterfield County Airport.

Though he isn’t likely to share them himself, Callihan’s accolades have been many: In 1999 alone, he was named Virginia Wing Senior Member of the Year; Virginia Wing Safety Officer of the Year and the Middle East Region Safety Officer of the Year.

Away from the airfield, Callihan and his wife Shirley, whom he married in 1947, raised their three children, Susan, Douglass and Glenn.

Following in their father’s footsteps, both of Callihan’s sons pursued carriers in the armed forces: Douglas is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who flew combat missions out of Italy during the Kosovo engagement, and Glenn, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, received the Bronze Star for his service in Kuwait during the First Iraq War.

As for his decades of service to aviation, there is little doubt as to Callihan’s legacy.

As Callihan’s time with the Civil Air Patrol was drawing to a close, Major General Antonio Pineda wrote to him as follows: “You are to be commended for your many years of devoted service to your community, state and nation. You have made a lasting impact on Civil Air Patrol in your years of service, and your contributions have been of enduing value. Your personal commitment and support of our mission for America — aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services are the fiber that made Civil Air Patrol great and will keep it as such.”

Throttle Up: A letter from the President

I sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed a pleasant, flight-filled summer. A heart-felt thank you to all of our new members, as well as our faithful renewing members.

Over the past few months, it has been my pleasure to be able to visit all of our chapters and many members I only knew by name. July took me to Topping, Virginia to do a presentation on the early history of Virginia aviation for the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Chapter at The Pilot House Inn in Topping, Virginia. It was a great visit and my thanks go out to Nancy Miller and George Galo for their hospitality. Also in July, I attended a presentation at the Fredericksburg Chapter conducted by Warrenton Chapter member Phil Hornung on the highlights of early aviation in the Widewater area of Stafford County. Thanks to Luke Curtas for the use of Shannon Air Museum.

August found me at the Richmond Executive Airport (FCI) for the second meeting of the newly forming Richmond Chapter. Our presenter was our own chairman, Dave Young discussing his experiences as a B-52 pilot in Vietnam. Appreciation is due Joe Hoyle of the Wingnuts Flying Club for assisting us in organizing this well-attended event. Due to the generosity of Luke Curtas of Shannon Airport (EZF) I attended the Virginia Aviation Conference in Roanoke, representing both the VAHS and Shannon Air Museum. We had lots of visitors and enjoyed networking with all of the great vendors. Member Larry Waltrip of Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (KJGG) visited our booth, as did member Alvin Lynn. Alvin ended up winning a great vendor door prize while there.

A visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for a little research in the Pioneers of Exhibit kicked off September. Lots of new construction will bring new exhibits and more space later in 2019. I am most grateful to Williamsburg Chapter members Terry Riley and David Eberly for inviting me to speak at the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at William and Mary on September 11 and September 18. There is no better audience than aviation enthusiasts!

The balance of September will see the headquarters’ team busy conducting meetings and preparing for the 41st Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on October 19 in Fredericksburg. If you haven’t made your reservations, please do so before October 7th. We need your support to continue our important preservation efforts!

Safe travels! See you at the Hall of Fame Dinner!

 

Ray Gill

President, Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

G. Warren Hall passed away August 6th, 2019

We are saddened by the news that G. Warren Hall passed away August 6th.

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. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1960 and took his primary flight training in a Beechcraft T-34 “Mentor”. He earned his “Wings of Gold” in 1962 and was assigned to Fighter Squadron VF-31 flying the McDonnell F3B “Demon”. Warren left the Navy in 1965 and began working at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory with highly sophisticated “variable stability” aircraft, a modified T-33 to simulate the new lifting body shapes for outer space re-entry. In 1977 he joined the NASA Ames Research Center as a Research/Test Pilot and later became the Director of the Airborne Science and Research Division. Warren was involved with many research projects including the Bell X-22A, AD-1, SH3A, A-36, T-38, UH-60, X-14B, DC-8, C-141, Learjet, YO3, XV-15, and the Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (a compound helicopter). He flew the SH-3A with the Naval Reserves, C-130s with the Air Force Reserves, and commanded a California Air National Guard Group

William “Bill” Glave has passed away

William “Bill” Glave, 88, of Ashland, Virginia, departed this life on September 10, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Felicia; his five children, his four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, his brothers, John (Alan) Glave and Richard Glave; and longtime friend and Saturday morning breakfast partner, Ray Tyson. He attended Randolph Macon College and UVA. Upon graduation, he entered the Navy Flight program. After receiving his wings, he served in the all-weather attack squadron, operating off a number of aircraft carriers including the Intrepid. He served on the Hanover Airport Commission for 28 years. He had a love for sailing and flying and was an active member of the Quiet Birdman, a pilots’ organization and a longtime member of VAHS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were made to the Yellow Jacket Club, Randolph Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, Va. 23005, or Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, P.O. Box 7795, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404.

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