2014 California Aviation Hall of Fame
Inaugural Induction Ceremony
The Museum of Flying congratulates the 2014 Inductees!
On June 7, 2014 we recognized our first class, at our Inaugural Ceremony and Dinner held at The Museum of Flying. The Selection Committee is comprised of notable aviation and aerospace executives who chose our inductees from the multitude of nomination forms that were received.
Our California Aviation Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductees are:
Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, born in Montclair, New Jersey, graduated third in his class at the US Military Academy at West Point, with a BS in mechanical engineering. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo XI moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Clay Lacy began flying at age 12. He had already logged 1500 hours at age 19 when he joined United Airlines in the right seat of DC-3s. Forty years later, Lacy retired from United as a senior captain, having flown Douglas prop airliners, the DC-8, DC-10, 727, and finally the 747-400. For more information on Clay Lacy, visit www.claylacy.com
Bob Hoover is considered by his peers as the "pilot's pilot". He has served his country in war and peace as a fighter pilot, test pilot and as a master of aerobatics. His famous yellow P-51 Mustang has been one of the main attractions at the Reno National Air Races for many years.
Frank Robinson was the youngest of four children. He grew up during the depression and as a young man, he worked his way through college focusing his education on helicopter design. In 1957, he earned a BSME degree from the University of Washington and later attended graduate school at the University of Wichita. Robinson began his career in 1957 at the Cessna Aircraft Company working on the CH-1 Skyhook helicopter. In 1969, he moved to to Hughes Helicopter Company to work on a variety of R&D projects. Robinson resigned from Hughes and in 1973 founded Robinson Helicopter Company.
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