EAAers Selected For ICAS Hall Of Fame
October 26, 2006 — Three EAA members are among the four 2006 inductees into the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Hall of Fame. They include Marion Cole (EAA 48-Lifetime Member); Eddie Green (EAA 114059); and Patty Wagstaff (EAA 200806, NAFI 9763). Also slated for induction during the annual ICAS convention in December is Paul Mantz.
Cole was inducted into the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame in 1988. His career began in the 1940s and continued into the 21st century. He was an aerobatic instructor, air show performer, plus a national and world aerobatic competitor. Cole flew with his brothers in the original Cole Brothers Air Shows after World War II, and then established the Marion F. Cole Air Shows, which operated off and on until the early 1990s.
He is a founding member of the International Aerobatic Club, taught aerobatics at the basic and advanced levels, and tutored many young aerobatic pilots for the last 50 years. In addition he flew air shows throughout the continental United States from the late 1940s into the early 1990s. Though retired from the air show circuit he still counsels, tutors and announces for some young aerobatic hopefuls and still attends several air shows each year.
Wagstaff is known for flying one of the most thrilling, high-energy, low-level aerobatic routines in the world. A six-time recipient of the First Lady of Aerobatics Betty Skelton Award, she is a member of the National Aviation hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum's Award for Current Achievement in 1994. She has received the ICAS Sword of Excellence award as well as the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. More recently she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Force Association.
Patty was inducted into the IAC Hall of Fame in 2005 and continues to set the mark for professionalism in the air show industry and is one of the industry's most revered entertainers.