Warbirds of America Hall of Fame

2020 Inductee

Mark Clark, EAA Lifetime 42114, Warbirds Lifetime 188

Mark ClarkAs a child growing up in Rockford, Illinois, Mark dreamed of being an aviator. He soloed on his 16th birthday, earned his private pilot certificate on his 17th birthday, and earned his commercial certificate and instrument rating before college. He soloed a North American Aviation T-6 at the age of 18. During college he earned a multiengine rating and restored an award-winning T-6. After college, Mark earned his A&P mechanic certificate and later became a CFI.

Mark attended his first EAA convention in 1964, and his attention quickly focused on the Warbirds area. Since then he has attended every convention including all 50 years in Oshkosh. By 1969, he was working closely with EAA President Paul Poberezny and other early Warbirds leaders such as Bob Hoover, Gunther Balz, and Jack Huismann.

He was able to turn his passion and love for the aircraft, history, and people into a career. His family business, Courtesy Aircraft Sales, has helped thousands of aviators around the world reach their dreams of owning and operating historic military and other aircraft. Mark has served on the EAA Warbirds of America board of directors and currently serves on its Oshkosh Site Planning Committee. For nearly two decades, he has helped organize the National Warbird Operator Conference, and in 2019, Mark was awarded the prestigious FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Previous Inductees

Jack Roush
Nelson Ezell
Jay Wisler
Wilson "Connie" Edwards
Steve Hinton
Kermit Weeks
Howard Pardue
Chuck Doyle
Lloyd Nolen
Frank Sanders
Linc Dexter
Ed Maloney
Dave Schlingman
William Dodds
Richard Ervin
Randy Sohn
John Ellis
Sue Parish
Rudy Frasca
Jeff Ethell
Dick Dieter
Charlie Nogle
Paul Poberezny
Walt Ohlrich
John Baugh
Bill Harrison
G.L "Jerry" Walbrun
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