EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame
The history of aviation is marked by men and women who possessed the passion, the leadership and the 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 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
Representing Ultralights, International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and Homebuilders, these inductees capture the spirit of EAA and its community.
Homebuilders Hall of Fame
Fisher, an EAA member since the late 1960s, grew up in an EAA family, and by age 12 he was helping his mom and dad build airplanes at Birdland, the family airstrip in Thompson, Ohio. Ed’s first completed homebuilt was Sonerai 1 Blueberry, which he started in high school, and was to be the first of 18 homebuilts he completed. His first “original” design was the Zippy Sport, which placed third in the 1983 Western Flyer/EAA ARV design contest.
His company, Raceair Designs, was formed in 1990, and designs such as the Skylite, Micro Mong, Flitplane, Zipster, and Lil Bitts have all come from Ed’s hands and mind. Five of his designs have been made available as plans, and two of these designs, the Skylite and Zipster prototypes, have been Oshkosh grand champion award winners and regional winners in the Ultralight category.
John W. Underwood
Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame
An author of 10 aviation books and numerous articles on aviation history, Underwood has had a fascination with airplanes since he was 7 years old. Later, as an aviation technical writer and illustrator, he earned a living in the industry, while also amassing a vast collection of photographs and aeronautical materials. His work in the center of one of aviation’s most active locations, the Los Angeles basin, gave him access to a number of aviation luminaries, including test pilot Tony LeVier (with whom John assisted in restoring a Monocoupe), Benny and Maxine “Mike” Howard, designer of the Brown racer Alden Brown, and even Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan.
John’s dedication to “getting history right” often sees him lending materials and photos to other authors so more people can be made aware of exactly what happened when.
Anthony W. (Tony) LeVier
La Canada, Calif.
International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame
LeVier, who chalked up more than 10,000 flying hours in 260 different airplanes, was a flight instructor, charter pilot, barnstormer, airline pilot, air racer, and premier test pilot.
Tony described the turning point in his professional life as when he joined Lockheed in 1941. In 1942 he flew production test flights in the P-38 Lightning and toured fighter bases in Britain, demonstrating flying techniques for U.S. pilots. He continued engineering flight testing until 1955. He made first flights in 11 Lockheed aircraft including the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance airplane. In 1955 he was named the director of flying operations at Lockheed Martin.
Tony’s air racing career began in 1932 flying a Wallace Touroplane; he continued racing until 1947, winning the Greve Trophy Race at the Cleveland National Air Races in 1938, flying the Schoenfeldt Firecracker. He also wrote many articles for aviation publications and had numerous aviation inventions. He passed away in 1998.
Cave Junction, Ore.
Ultralight Hall of Fame
McCornack designed and flew his first “powered hang glider” (as ultralights were called back in the day) in 1976. In 1979, Jack and his friend Keith Nicely astounded EAA convention attendees by flying two Pterodactyl Pfledge ultralights from California to Oshkosh - the first ultralights to fly into Oshkosh from anywhere - and from Oshkosh on to Kitty Hawk.
Jack’s designs include the Cuyuna 430 ultralight engine (the industry standard in the early ’80s, which he now describes as “a market survey for Rotax”), the Pterodactyl Ascender, and the original Buckeye and Six Chuter powered parachutes. In the 1990s he was America’s top rated microlight competition pilot, winning two U.S. National Championships and representing the United States in four FAI World Microlight Championships.
David B. Lindsay Jr.
Warbirds Hall of Fame
Lindsay was known to some as “Mr. Mustang.” In 1957, he purchased his first P-51D from a Royal Canadian Air Force disposal sale for approximately $2,000. Soon after, he founded Trans-Florida Aviation, later Cavalier Aircraft Corporation, to build custom “Executive Mustangs,” called Cavaliers. David was directly responsible for saving a large portion of the surviving North American P-51 Mustang fleet as well as engines and parts. His company held the P-51 FAA type certificate and developed eight STCs for the Mustang: tip tanks, tall vertical stabilizer, baggage door, and ammo and gun bay fuel tanks, to name a few.
Throughout the 1960s, David bought Mustang airframe and engine parts at sales and auctions whenever he could find them, often by the rail carload. In 1966, David’s company was made the sole franchised distributor for Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, spare parts, and allied equipment in the Western Hemisphere by Rolls-Royce.
David served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1942 to 1949 as a field artillery officer, and served in the Pacific theater of operations during World War II. He passed away in 2009.