The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), which inducted legendary performer R.A. “Bob” Hoover as the first Hall of Fame member in 1995, has opened nominations for the 2017 class. Past winners include a who’s who of aerobatic pilots and other significant aviators.
Previous inductees included the Flying Aces, the French Connection, Bessie Coleman, Patty Wagstaff, Paul and Tom Poberezny, announcer Sonny Everett, and many others.
Nominations to the Hall of Fame class are open to any person or organization and may be submitted until June 15; any airshow enthusiast may submit a nomination using the online nominating petition. The only requirement is that nominees must have made a significant impact upon the airshow industry.
An April 19 news release announcing the opening of nominations stated that an airshow nominee’s contribution “must be demonstrated through showmanship, performance or innovation, and may encompass a single accomplishment or a body of work.”
Dale Drumright, chair of the ICAS Foundation Hall of Fame Committee, wrote that past inductees “paved the way to greatness that the air show industry is today." He added that airshow performers in the recent past “have continued the progress to make air shows one of the safest, most innovative, and awe-inspiring community events in the world. These are the pioneers that have been and should be inducted into the prestigious ICAS Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame.”
Inductions are scheduled for December during the council’s annual convention in Las Vegas.