Warbirds of America Hall of Fame

2021 Inductees

Carl Scholl, EAA 184061, WOA 3049 | Tony Ritzman, EAA 393289, WOA 11703

Carl Scholl & Tony RitzmanCarl Scholl and Tony Ritzman were both born in the 1940s and bitten by the aviation bug in their early 30s. Carl came across a derelict B-25 parked at the Ramona Airport in California. Fascinated, he wandered into the FBO and found the owner. Before long, Carl was the proud owner of N3155G — even though he had never flown an aircraft before.

Tony’s introduction to aviation came when he visited Carl at his transmission shop and saw him working on a B-25 rudder assembly. Tony was intrigued by the project and offered to buy into it, thus forming their ongoing business venture, Aero Trader. Carl and Tony sought out parts and other airframes to support the restoration. They earned their pilot certificates, and by 1982, they were both type rated in the B-25. A long succession of B-25s began the restoration process under Carl and Tony’s care. In 1985, they moved Aero Trader’s operations to Chino, California.

Today, Aero Trader is recognized as one of the top warbird restoration operations in the world. Carl and Tony’s vision and dedication to the preservation of the B-25 and other warbirds is legendary. There are very few airworthy B-25s in the warbird community that have not been under the care of Carl and Tony — including EAA’s own Berlin Express.

Previous Inductees

2020
Mark Clark
2018
Jack Roush
2015
Nelson Ezell
2014
Jay Wisler
2007
Wilson "Connie" Edwards
2005
Steve Hinton
Kermit Weeks
2004
Howard Pardue
2003
Chuck Doyle
Lloyd Nolen
2002
Frank Sanders
2001
Linc Dexter
Ed Maloney
2000
Dave Schlingman
1999
William Dodds
Richard Ervin
1998
Randy Sohn
John Ellis
1997
Sue Parish
Rudy Frasca
Jeff Ethell
1996
Dick Dieter
Charlie Nogle
1995
Paul Poberezny
Walt Ohlrich
John Baugh
Bill Harrison
G.L "Jerry" Walbrun
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