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The history of aviation is marked by men and women who possessed the passion, leadership, and can-do spirit to ignore the known limits of possibility.

The EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women who share the spirit of EAA's founder: a passion for the freedom that flight offers. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their particular realm of flight - and aviation as a whole.

Bringing together EAA's Boards of Directors, Divisions, Affiliates, and Councils, the Hall of Fame is a tribute to the pioneering spirit and innovation that has marked the evolution of flight, a spirit that is nurtured and promoted throughout EAA's membership. The event also reunites past honorees to celebrate their collected achievements.

Honoring EAA's 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

EAA will welcome and honor five new members to its Sport Aviation Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 14, 2013. All EAA members are invited to attend the induction ceremony and dinner that evening in the EAA AirVenture Museum. Order tickets online or call 920-426-6823.

Representing Homebuilders, Warbirds of America, International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, and Ultralights, these inductees capture the spirit of EAA and its community.

Phil LockwoodPhillip J. Lockwood
Sebring, Florida
Homebuilders Hall of Fame

Though most recognizable as founder of Lockwood Aircraft Corp., Phillip Lockwood, EAA 211596, has brushed shoulders with many different facets of the aviation community. Phil became a pilot in 1978 and graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Aeronautics in 1982 with a degree in air commerce and flight technology.

An avid photographer, Phil spent some time in West Africa with National Geographic, took part in the production of the film Survivors of the Skeleton Coast, and has flown camera missions for Survival Anglia and the BBC. In an attempt to better himself as a flying photographer, Phil designed the AirCam, now produced by Lockwood Aircraft.

Phil is also the CEO of Lockwood Aviation Supply Co. and Lockwood Aviation Repair Co., both specializing in Rotax aircraft engines. In addition to sales and repair, Phil runs a Rotax training school.

Phil is an active member of his hometown EAA Chapter 1240 in Sebring, Florida, and has been a board member of LAMA since 2003. He was also a founding father of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Phil is also a seaplane pilot and serves that community as the president of the Seaplane Pilots Association and chairman of the Seaplane Pilots Foundation.

Lee LauderbackLee Lauderback
Orlando, Florida
Warbirds of America Hall of Fame

Lee Lauderback, EAA 333795, began flying in 1966 at the age of 15. Shortly after graduation from college, Lee started to work for professional golfer and businessman Arnold Palmer. For 17 years, Lee headed up Arnold’s flight operations as chief pilot and director of flight operations, piloting his Learjet, C-I, C-II and C-III Citation Jets, and MD 500E helicopter.

Currently, Lee is an instructor and demonstration pilot in the P-51 Mustang. In addition, he is one of the pilots for the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Program and has been a civilian instructor for the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.

Lee is a certificated flight and ground instructor for single- and multi-engine airplanes, instrument, helicopters, and gliders, as well as an FAA Pilot Proficiency examiner and acceptance flight-tester in various warbirds, helicopters, and turbojets. He is also a specialty aircraft examiner, providing FAA checkrides in 12 different warbird aircraft.

Amassing in excess of 20,000 flight hours in all types of aircraft and helicopters, including more than 8,800 hours in Mustangs, Lee has also had a chance to fly an F-15 Eagle, F-16 Viper, and F/A-18 Hornet. Lee has more than 2,000 hours in sailplanes and has competed in many soaring contests and held several sailplane records.

Bill AdamsWilliam Joseph "Bill" Adams
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame

Bill Adams was born on October 11, 1925, and grew up on a farm in Sussex, Wisconsin. He started working at the Waukesha County Airport as a teenager, and in just a few short years, he went from knowing nothing about aviation to being a renowned aerobatic pilot.

In 1952, Bill performed his aerobatic routine in public for the first time at the Cole Bros. Air Show in Boscobel, Wisconsin. In 1953 he was asked to be a full-time act with the Coles. In 1955 Marion Cole gave up the headlining spot in his own air show to make way for Bill’s electric performance. He remained the headliner for seven years.

Bill coined the triple snap roll and square outside loop maneuvers and was asked to put them on display as part of the 1964 U.S. Aerobatic Team in Spain. Upon his return, he decided to go out on his own and created the Bill Adams Air Show, which was named following a vote, as humble Bill did not want the show to be named after him.

During a runway dedication ceremony in 1966, in which Bill cut the dedication ribbon while flying upside down, an engine malfunction during one of his final maneuvers cost the pilot his life. He was only 40 years old.

Susan DusenburySusan Dusenbury
Walnut Cove, North Carolina
Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame

Susan Dusenbury, EAA Lifetime 55229, began flying at the age of 15 on a private airport, Overton Field, located near her shared hometowns of Andrews and Pawleys Island in South Carolina.

She earned her private pilot certificate during her senior year in high school and is a graduate of Francis Marion University, where she earned a degree in accounting and business administration. While in college Susan earned her commercial, multiengine, instrument, and flight instructor certificates.

After college she enrolled in a two-year airframe and powerplant mechanic course and graduated with an associate degree in aviation maintenance technology. Susan is a longtime EAA and VAA member and volunteer and serves as president of Vintage Chapter 3 in Walnut, North Carolina.

Susan recently retired from the EAA board of directors after serving for 20 years and also recently retired from ABX Air (formerly Airborne Freight Corporation) after 25 years of flying night freight. Over time Susan has owned or restored several vintage airplanes including an Aeronca 7AC Champ, a Luscombe 8A, an Inland Sport, a KR-21, and a Culver Cadet. She now owns and flies a 1953 Cessna 180 and a 1937 Taylor J-2 Cub from her farm in North Carolina and is restoring a 1935 Stinson SR-6 Reliant.

Frank BeagleFrank Beagle
Kankakee, Illinois
Ultralight Hall of Fame

Frank “Woof” Beagle's lifelong love of aviation started as a young adult when he began launching model rockets. By the early 1970s he was building and flying model aircraft, and then took up the sport of sky diving, pursued a pilot certificate, and, in 1971, made his first trip to the EAA fly-in convention.

Frank, EAA 141198, built his own ultralight, an Easy Riser, after seeing John Moody fly the first powered hang glider at the 1976 EAA fly-in. The craft was footlaunched and powered by a Chrysler West Bend 820 engine originally used in go-karts. It wasn’t long before Frank added landing gear and a sling-style seat and became one of the earliest ultralight pilots in the Midwest.

Frank learned how to fl y through trial and error and shared his experiences with other ultralight pilots. The connections led to a core group of enthusiasts who developed ultralight safety seminars in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. In the mid-’80s, organizers of the EAA fly-in invited Frank to announce at Oshkosh, and for 30 years, he helped organize and maintain the ultralight field. People came to know Frank as “the voice of ultralights.”

Frank’s logbooks detail nearly 3,000 hours of flight time. He re-covered the wings of his Easy Riser twice and went on to own a Pterodactyl with a side seat and, finally, a two-seat Challenger, Air Mail. He became a basic ultralight flight instructor and taught more than 50 people how to fly. He earned his sport pilot certificate in 2008.

Frank passed away in 2013 and will long be remembered for his commitment to safety and for the clever acronyms he developed to keep safety in the forefront of fliers’ minds. His favorite was, “Ya hafta AFTA (always fly the airplane).”

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