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EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony

Out of concern for the health and safety of EAA members, guests, staff, and volunteers, EAA has decided to cancel its Hall of Fame Banquet for 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you in 2021.

EAA is proud to honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame at a dinner ceremony on November 7, 2019, in the Founders’ Wing of the EAA Aviation Museum. The five inductees, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, the Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and homebuilding, have dedicated their lives to their respective areas of aviation and join an esteemed group of individuals who represent the spirit of EAA in the highest form.
• EAA Ultralights—James Morris “Morry” Hummel
• International Aerobatic Club—Retired U.S. Air Force Col. John C. Morrissey
• Vintage Aircraft Association—John Richard Turgyan
• Warbirds of America—Dennis Sanders
• EAA Homebuilders—Robert “Bob” L. Nuckolls III
The EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community. Those inducted into the hall of fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their respective areas of aviation.
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.

All are invited to attend the induction ceremony and dinner, which begins with a 6 p.m. reception. Tickets are $50 each (plus $2.50 tax) and include the ceremony and full-service dinner. You may purchase tickets online.

For questions, please contact Jane Smith at jsmith@eaa.org or 920-426-6823.


2019 Inductees

Ultralights: James Morris “Morry” Hummel, EAA 8892 

Morry Hummel was born on August 5, 1915, in Bryan, Ohio. He started building models as a kid, and his love of aviation continued to grow. He worked for Howard Aircraft in Chicago in 1939, followed by a few years at Curtiss-Wright. Morry started in the auto body and restoration business in 1950, but aviation still had a hold as he learned to fly, soloing an Aeronca Champ in 1959 and getting his certificate early in 1960. He retired in 1977 and enjoyed flying his Corben Junior Ace to fly-ins around the country, including to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. 


Morry built a Windwagon starting in 1979, modifying it to use larger bulkheads to support a canopy and a shoulder harness and converting it to a taildragger. When Jack Cox wrote an article about the airplane for EAA Sport Aviation in 1982, he dubbed Morry’s creation the HummelBird. Working with a friend, Morry started selling plans for the airplane in the summer of 1983. In addition, he made plans available for the 1/2 VW engine he used. With those two offerings, Hummel Aviation was born. In 1995, while he was recuperating from severe injuries he’d suffered in the crash of his Mini-Max, Morry was inspired to design the UltraCruiser, an all-metal ultralight, which first flew five years later. 


Morry continued flying until he was 91. He died in 2010 at the age of 94. 



International Aerobatic Club: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. John C. Morrissey, EAA 83879, IAC 3238

In 1957, in Kansas City, Missouri, John Morrissey made his first solo in a Luscombe, sealing his passion for aviation. Within three years, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, a week following his 21st birthday in August 1960.


Flying a Starduster Too, John won consecutive U.S. National Aerobatic Sportsman Champion titles in 1976 and 1977. After acquiring a Pitts S-2A in 1978, John moved to the Advanced category and won the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships as the Advanced Champion in 1994. He continued competing, winning positions on the 1995 and 1996 Advanced world teams and a team gold in 1996.


In the early 1990s, John began what is now nearly 30 years of specialized aerobatic training camps. These training camps have populated the winner’s podium at regional, national, and international contests. John served as the U.S. Unlimited team trainer during 1992, 1994, and 1996. No individual in the International Aerobatic Club has shaped as many aerobatic careers as John has through his unwavering dedication to proficiency, discipline, and aerobatic development.


Vintage Aircraft Association: John Richard Turgyan, EAA Lifetime 71313, VAA Lifetime 3

John Turgyan’s fascination with airplanes began before the age of 5 when he managed to nail together several sticks to resemble an airplane in his father’s hobby shop. As a teenager, John regularly rode his bike to the airport where he was eventually offered a job washing planes. He was later offered a lineboy position, swapping his time on the job for flight time. He soloed at 16 and got his private certificate at 17. He flew as a charter and airline pilot, ultimately retiring from USAir. 


When he was 19, John bought a J-3, followed by a Ryan PT-22, a Stinson 108, a Howard DGA-15, and a Spartan Executive, followed by another Spartan that he restored alongside a Waco CTO Taperwing. He later bought a Beech Baron, and another Howard, this one a DGA-11. He was close friends with the late Jim Younkin, EAA 68509, VAA 1729, for more than 40 years and was one of the few pilots chosen to fly Jim’s well-known racing replicas, including Mr. Mulligan and the Travel Air Mystery Ship. 


John’s support, involvement in, and commitment to the vintage aircraft movement throughout his life have been steadfast. It has been positive. It has had a definite and recognizable impact on aviation, not only in the aviation community but also on the general public.



Warbirds of America: Dennis Sanders, EAA 299945, Warbirds 41

In the warbird community, when you say the name Sanders, most people think of the Hawker Sea Fury. The family has spent decades restoring and maintaining these rare airplanes.


Dennis Sanders has spent his entire life as an EAA and Warbirds of America member. In 1978, at the age of 19, he flew a Hawker Sea Fury T-20 from his home base in California to EAA Oshkosh and back. In 1970, Dennis, who was just 12 years old at the time, started working for the family business, Sanders Aircraft, alongside his father, 2002 Warbirds of America Hall of Fame inductee Frank Sanders. After his father died, Dennis kept the business growing alongside his brother, Brian, and mother, Ruth, eventually moving the company to Ione, California, in 1996. Since then, the next generation of Sanders family has joined the team.


As an air racer, Dennis has participated in many Unlimited Gold National Championship races, holding several speed records along the way in his highly modified Sea Fury TMK-20 named Dreadnought. He is a check airman at Reno and shares his wealth of experience and safety insights with other racers. He has been an air show performer since 1988 and is believed to be the highest time Sea Fury pilot in the world. 


As a mentor, he has guided many volunteers in their quest to learn more about these amazing aircraft. Dennis helped found America’s Living History Museum in Ione, California, where he shares the aircraft and history with the public. 

Homebuilding: Robert “Bob” L. Nuckolls III, EAA 205021

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Bob Nuckolls earned an amateur radio license in the seventh grade and launched an enthusiastic study of the electronic arts throughout his teen years. He was hired as an electronics technician by Boeing right out of high school.


Bob has installed and maintained two-way radio systems, taught electronics to Navy recruits, learned technical writing and illustration at Cessna, and designed hospital patient transport equipment. He entered general aviation engineering in Wichita with Electro-Mech Inc. While at EMI, Bob earned his pilot certificate and has accumulated 850 hours as pilot in command.


Throughout his 46-year career, Bob was employed by every airframe manufacturer in Wichita at least once. The seeds of Bob’s publication, The AeroElectric Connection, took root during his first trip to EAA Oshkosh in 1986. About that time, he began working with online aviation special interest groups starting with the CompuServe AVSIG forum and then the Matronics.com lists. He has written numerous articles for EAA Sport Aviation and Kitplanes magazines and sold more than 20,000 copies of his book.


He retired from Beech Aircraft in 2007 as the lead subject matter expert in electrics. Bob remains active online and services a select clientele with design work.

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