Homebuilders Hall of Fame

Nomination Form

2021 Inductees

Flo and Bob Irwin, EAA 36663

Flow and Bob Irwin

In 1956, Flo and Bob Irwin founded Fullerton Air Parts in Southern California. Bob was an active pilot, and Flo had good business sense and a passion for service. After several years, the Irwins sold that business and started a new one in 1965 — Aircraft Spruce. While the company initially sold only the timber mentioned in the name, it quickly grew into a one-stop shop for homebuilders and restorers, and was renamed Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Starting with just Flo and Bob in 1965, today the company employs more than 150 people.

Bob owned and flew a Vultee BT-13B, a 1949 Navion, and a 1968 Navion Rangemaster that he used to travel with until he retired from flying after 50 years as a pilot. The Aircraft Spruce catalog is to generations of homebuilders what the Sears “wish book” was to a generation of kids — a sort of magic shopping list that overflows with the stuff dreams are made of.

Flo died in 1989, and Bob followed in 2015 at age 95. The Irwins’ legacy of service, quality products, and passionate dedication to the aviation community lives on as their children and grandchildren continue the family business in the form of both Aircraft Spruce & Specialty and ACS Products Co., which manufactures products distributed by Aircraft Spruce.

Previous Inductees

2016
Jim Bede
2012
Wes Schmid
2011
Ed Fisher
2005
Robert Bushby
2004
Pete Bowers
Bob Whittier
2003
William Chana
2002
Ken Brock
Jack Cox
2001
John Monnett
2000
Jean Delemontez
Leslie Long
1999
Chris Heintz
Richard VanGrunsven
Henri Mignet
1998
Curtis Pitts
Burt Rutan
Bill Warwick
1997
Harold Best-Devereux
William W. Ghan
Ladislao Pazmany
1996
Sam Burgess
Nicholas D'Apuzzo
Ed Heath
Volmer Jensen
1995
Tony Bingelis
Molt Taylor
John Thorp
1994
Robert Burbick
Bernie Pietenpol
Ray Stits
1993
George Bogardus
Paul H. Poberezny
Steve Wittman
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