Hoot Gibson to Be Inducted Into National Aviation Hall of Fame
Robert "Hoot" Gibson, EAA 219551, speaks at Paul Poberezny's Test Pilot All-Stars Forum during EAA AirVenture 2012. (Photo by Phil Weston)
December 19, 2012 - Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, EAA 219551, is one of four people who will be inducted onto the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) class of 2013 in October 2013. The announcement was made by NAHF Enshrinement Director Ron Kaplan on the 109th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight this past Monday, December 17.
Other 2013 enshrinees are the late Tuskegee Airmen mentor Charles Alfred Anderson, retired U.S. Army veteran Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, and late former Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman and CEO Dwane L. Wallace.
A longtime EAA supporter and homebuilder, Gibson flew combat missions in Southeast Asia before graduating from "Top Gun" and joining the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1978. While with NASA, Gibson flew five shuttle missions, four as commander. He also participated in the investigation into the Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Gibson received the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Louis Blériot Medal in 1991 and 2004, and EAA's Freedom of Flight Award in 1989. He was also inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003.
Gibson is a frequent AirVenture attendee and presenter, and last year appeared with EAA Founder Paul Poberezny at the Test Pilot All-Stars Forum. Throughout his life as an aeronautical engineer, record-setting pilot, and Reno air racer, Gibson has logged more than 14,000 hours in more than 130 types of aircraft.
These four individuals will join 215 other men and women air and space pioneers inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962.
The black-tie enshrinement dinner and ceremony will be held on October 4, 2013, at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The event is open to the public and reservations are available by advance purchase from the NAHF.
For more information on this year's inductees, visit the NAHF website.