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National Aviation Hall of Fame names 2019 honoreesNational Aviation Hall of Fame names 2019 honorees

Editor's note: This story was updated Dec. 6 to correct a misspelling. AOPA regrets the error.

Three heroes of aerospace and military aviation, and three names intimately intertwined with general aviation through the years, will be enshrined as the National Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Martha and John King, seen here at EAA AirVenture 2018, will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Photo by David Tulis.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame made the announcement at its fall dinner on Nov. 27, with the enshrinement ceremony scheduled to take place Sept. 28, 2019, at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado.

The Class of 2019 includes:

  • The late Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, a World War II ace, Medal of Honor winner, and the organizer of the legendary Black Sheep Squadron;
  • Col. Guion S. “Guy” Bluford Jr., retired astronaut, fighter pilot, and aerospace engineer who flew on four Space Shuttle missions;
  • Brig. Gen. Charles Duke, a retired astronaut who in 1972 became the tenth person to walk on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission;
  • John and Martha King, co-chairs and co-owners of King Schools, the flight training institution that has delivered courses by video and and online to millions of pilots in training;
  • Katherine Stinson, who earned her pilot certificate in 1912 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, becoming the fourth woman in the United States to earn a pilot certificate, and whose flying inspired her brothers to start the Stinson Aircraft Co.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame, located in the birthplace of flight in Dayton, Ohio, was founded in 1962 and is "dedicated to honoring individuals who have uniquely contributed to America’s rich legacy of aviation achievement—achievement generated by American ingenuity and individual acts of great vision, persistence, skill and courage."

Topics: Pilots, Awards and Records

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