Two EAA Members Named Wisconsin Aviation Hall OF Fame Inductees
May 10, 2007 — EAAers Roy Reabe (EAA 37655) of Waupun, Wisconsin, and Tom Thomas (EAA 437397) of Madison, are among the five outstanding aviators selected for induction into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame this year. Induction ceremonies will be held on November 10 at EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh.
Reabe, a leader in agricultural aviation, has been a pilot and A & P mechanic for more than 50 years. He developed curriculum for and taught ground school at high schools and founded the Wisconsin Ag Aviation Association.
Thomas worked at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics, for more than 32 years. He also served in the Air Force and Wisconsin Air National Guard; is a certificated flight instructor with both single and multi-engine ratings; and is a commercial rotorcraft/helicopter pilot. An enthusiastic supporter of the EAA Young Eagles program, Thomas is credited with more than 200 flights.
Other 2007 inductees (posthumous) include:
Paul Collins, pioneer pilot for the U.S. Mail Service with 3,487 flight hours and 361,689 miles, as well as a founder of Transcontinental Air Transport, "The Lindbergh Line," which evolved into Trans World Airlines.
Ed Hedeen, engineering officer for Cdr. Richard Byrd in the 1920s, who helped establish the Great Lakes Naval Air Station. He was also the first corporate pilot for Johnson Wax.
Carl Rindlisbacher, ambassador of Wisconsin aviation and long-time manager and weatherman at Arrowhead Field in Rice Lake, which was renamed "Carl's Field" in 1995.
Plaques presented to the inductees will be permanently displayed in EAA AirVenture Museum's Fergus Plaza. For ticket information to attend the induction ceremony and banquet, contact Keith Glasshof at 715-832-6379. To learn more, visit www.aviationhalloffamewisconsin.com.