The glittering, black-tie National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony that draws aviation pioneers and legends across the nation will head to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force this fall, organizers said.
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Notable presenters and inductees:
- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be the presenter for former shuttle astronaut and one-time Navy fighter pilot Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson.
- Former NASA astronaut Guion S. “Guy” Bluford Jr., the first African-American in space, will present the induction award on behalf of the late C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, known as “the father of African-American aviation in both civilian and military pilot training. Anderson was a chief instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military pilots of World War II fame.
- Former Cessna Chief Executive Officer Jack J. Pelton will present the enshrinement award honoring the late Dwane L. Wallace, the Depression and World War II era leader of Cessna Aircraft Co.
- Former Army Capt. Meghan Brady Smith will present the enshrinement award to her father, retired Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, the first Army aviator to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and a Medal of Honor recipient. The combat veteran was instrumental in the development of helicopter medevac techniques in the Vietnam war, saving 5,000 wounded soldiers.