March 28, 2013 - Vintage Aircraft Association Director Ron Alexander will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 27 during the 2013 Annual Enshrinement Banquet at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia. Longtime EAA/VAA member Samuel "Winn" Baker is also slated for induction.
A former U. S. Air Force and Delta pilot, Alexander founded the Alexander Aeroplane Company in 1979 in Griffin, Georgia. He also developed a hands-on builder education business that became SportAir Workshops. He sold the Aeroplane Factory to Aircraft Spruce and Specialty in 1996, and SportAir Workshops to EAA.
Alexander, EAA 137890/Warbirds 594155/Vintage 27150, had his first airplane ride at age 14, earned his private pilot certificate at age 17, and went on to fly for Indiana University, the Air Force, and Delta Airlines, for which he flew 33 years (1969-2002). An avid collector of antique aircraft, Alexander owns and flies a J-3 Cub, a DC-3, a Waco YMF-5, and a Stearman Cloudboy 6L.
Baker, EAA 56086/Warbirds 10588/VAA 8415, of Brunswick, Georgia, has logged more than 40,000 flight hours in 50-plus years. He learned to fly from his father, Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame legend Francis Anderson "Sam" Baker, at age 8. "As soon as I could reach the pedals," he said. Winn joined Delta Airlines in 1963 and in 2005 received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, recognizing 50 consecutive years of flying without incident, accident, or violations.
The banquet will begin with a 6 p.m. reception followed by the dinner and program at 7. For more information on reservations, contact Nicole Bissette of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at 478-328-0704.