Dayton, OH – The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is thrilled to announce that its 55th Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony presented by Cirrus Aircraft, to be held Oct. 28, 2017, is on target to be the most sponsored event in its history. With wide appeal, from the industry’s most influential names to aviation’s brightest stars, the event is drawing a “who’s who” of aviation to the Fort Worth Alliance Airport to celebrate the “Oscar Night of Aviation.”
The NAHF is indebted to industry giants who have committed to support the annual event. NAHF President Michael Quiello stated, “All indications are that this one-time move to Texas has been very, very well received by the marketplace and helps ensure the growth of the NAHF. It’s very gratifying to see the results of the last few years of work developing the NAHF brand. Combined with an exemplary group of Inductees, the enthusiasm is building. We can’t wait for Enshrinement to happen.”
The 55th Annual NAHF Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. The Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is one of the largest, longest-running and most successful civilian air shows in the nation. An all-encompassing community event that attracts more than 120,000 attendees annually, the air show showcases the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron and the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Oct. 28-29. General admission is free and parking discounts are available now at www.allianceairshow.com.
The Inductees in the NAHF Class of 2017 are Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., USMC (Ret), four-time Shuttle astronaut and former NASA Administrator; the late Captain Scott Carpenter, USN, one of the original ‘Mercury 7’ astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth; Robert J. Gilliland, pioneering super-sonic SR-71 program test pilot; and the late Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the revolutionary turbojet engine.
Presenting General Bolden will be 2013 Enshrinee Captain Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, USN (Ret). Captain Gibson is a Navy fighter pilot, “Top Gun” instructor and test pilot, champion air racer and a five-time Shuttle mission astronaut, including STS-61C on which he and Bolden served together in 1986.
Presenting the late Captain Carpenter will be 2016 Enshrinee Captain Robert Crippen, USN (Ret). Captain Crippen is a Navy fighter and test pilot, and, as astronaut, piloted STS-1, the first orbital space flight of the Shuttle, the first of his four missions to space.
Presenting Mr. Gilliland will be 1997 Enshrinee, Colonel Joe Kittinger, Jr., USAF (Ret). Colonel Kittinger is a fighter and test pilot, long-time record holder for the longest freefall parachute jump (102,800 feet), Vietnam POW, record-setting trans-Atlantic balloonist and barnstormer.
Presenting Sir Frank Whittle will be 2011 Enshrinee Dr. S. Harry Robertson. Dr. Robertson is a former Air Force pilot and engineer renowned for pioneering innovations in aviation safety and crashworthy fuel systems and serving aerospace education institutions such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
During the black-tie formal Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony, each presenter will be introduced by emcee David Hartman, former host of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”
The 55th Annual NAHF Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony is open to the public by advance registration only. To make reservations or for more information, visit www.nationalaviation.org.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, is the only Congressionally-chartered aviation hall of fame in the U.S.