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Navy Test Pilot to Enter Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame

Edward Schneider

Edward T. Schneider, the youngest graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, who made history as a test pilot, will be honored with induction into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame in Lexington on November 12, 2011.

Edward Schneider completed test pilot school at age 24 and went on to a career testing aircraft and making aviation history. Most of his flight testing was at the Dryden Flight Research Facility in California. His work was conducted in a number of experimental aircraft and test programs. He was the very first pilot to fly an aircraft with multi-axis, vectored-thrust propulsion, and conducted first flights in five unique research aircraft. Schneider also served as the president of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

The honorees will be inducted at a black-tie dinner held at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Reservations for the event on Saturday, November 12, are $100 for museum members and $110 for others. They can be made online at the museum’s website

The Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame has honored natives of Kentucky and other outstanding individuals for their aviation or aerospace achievements since the first enshrinement in 1996. Previous honorees include inventors, pilots, scientists, designers, military aviators, and airline executives. 

For information regarding the induction banquet and ceremony on November 12, call 859-317-2815. 

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