Johnny Miller accepts a charter-member award from AOPA President Phil Boyer at AOPA Expo '99.
Mar. 24, 2004 - Captain Johnny Miller, AOPA 058843, an autogyro record holder, longtime contributor to the American Bonanza Society, and founding member of the United Flying Octogenarians, was seriously injured in a car accident in Poughkeepsie, New York, Miller's hometown, on the evening of March 21. The accident sent Miller, 98, to a critical care unit with fractures of the sternum and ribs. At press time, he was recovering well. Miller was honored at AOPA Expo in 1999 as one of AOPA's 14 charter members on hand at Expo that year. He also received the 1999 Pioneers of Vertical Flight Award from Groen Brothers Aviation, in recognition of his record-setting transcontinental autogyro flight in a Pitcairn PCA-2 in 1931, and for his yearlong airmail service using a Kellett KD-1B autogyro in Philadelphia in 1939. AOPA Pilot profiled Miller in its "Pilots" column in the December 2003 issue.