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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Reception begins at 6 p.m. | Dinner and program to follow
EAA is proud to honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame at a dinner ceremony on November 9, 2017, 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—Mary Jones
• International Aerobatic Club—Frank Christensen
• Vintage Aircraft Association—Jim Moss
• Warbirds of America—Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson
• EAA Homebuilders—Rob Hickman
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.
For questions, please contact Jane Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-426-6823.
- Cream Herb Goat Cheese Stuffed Belgian Endive Petals
- Fresh Bruschetta
- Mozzarella Rollups with Prosciutto & Fresh Basil
All dinner entrées include fresh garden salad with choice of two dressings, dinner rolls with butter, coffee, iced tea, and milk
- Root Beer Pork Medallion and Savory Chicken
Bacon wrapped pork marinated in root beer and savory herbs, topped with honey onion jam and paired with a breast of chicken, dry rubbed with a secret spice blend, slow roasted and topped with caramelized balsamic onion jam and sauce supreme, served with herbed mashed potatoes and asparagus
- Wasatch Pie - Vegetarian (Please request vegetarian option upon purchasing ticket.)
Portobello mushroom cap rubbed with chipotle infused olive oil, packed with flame roasted black beans, zucchini, corn, and sweet peppers, topped with creamy gorgonzola, served with fragrant basmati rice
- Carrot Cake
Rich and moist carrot cake topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting
Ultralights: Mary Jones, EAA 224626
Prior to Mary Jones retiring from EAA, one only had to pick up a copy of any of EAA’s publications to become acquainted with her. Through her passion, support, and leadership, Mary has promoted ultralights and light airplanes for decades. She pushed for a solution to the so-called “fat ultralights” issue through the years of FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) negotiations, and wrote to clarify the sport pilot regulations.
In the course of her work, Mary enjoyed flights in several ultralight-like aircraft, including fixed-wings, weight-shift trikes, and powered parachutes. She has promoted ultralights through many avenues, including her articles, editorials, photos, presentations, and presence at local, state, and national fly-ins and safety seminars. In 2009, Mary received the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Individual in recognition of her service to the ultralight and light plane community. Through the years, she petitioned for continued support for ultralights through the many changes in leadership at EAA. Mary is well-known and respected for her professionalism. She has been a true advocate for the ultralight community for decades.
International Aerobatic Club: Frank Christensen, EAA Lifetime 36663
Frank Christensen, the founder and president of Christen Industries in Hollister, California, introduced the Christen Eagle II to the sport aviation community in 1977 at Oshkosh. It is a two-place aerobatic biplane powered by a 200-hp Lycoming and sporting a truly distinctive paint scheme.
With the Eagle, Frank set the gold standard for homebuilt kits. The airplane came in separate, well-organized, and documented kits that could be ordered as the builder progressed and finances permitted. Only basic hand tools were required, and the kits even included a razor blade to open the packaging.
The Christen Eagle still stands as an example of how to provide kits to homebuilders, more than 40 years after its introduction.
Frank is a former competition pilot who won the Advanced category at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Texas in 1969 in a Pitts S-1S built for him by Curtis Pitts. After his foray into competition, he concentrated on producing products for the sport aviation world. In addition, his company was the first sponsor of the famous Eagles Aerobatic Team, consisting of pilots Charlie Hillard, Gene Soucy, and Tom Poberezny, which performed at Oshkosh for decades. The team aircraft, along with the prototype Christen Eagle, are now on display in the EAA Aviation Museum.
Vintage Aircraft Association: Jim Moss, EAA 477508
Vintage Aircraft Association will posthumously induct James S. “Jim” Moss, an Indiana native and a later resident of Buckley, Washington, into the VAA Hall of Fame. Jim, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot and retired Northwest Airlines captain, will be the 33rd inductee into this prestigious group of sport aviation leaders since Vintage first created its Hall of Fame program 25 years ago.
Jim Moss originally came to sport aviation fame at EAA Oshkosh and in the Vintage Aircraft Association with his stunning creations, or re-creations, of first, the stunning MG-2 radial engine biplane followed by his full-scale, precise copy of the historic 1931 Matty Laird/Jimmy Doolittle Super Solution, as well as his smooth as silk, highly customized, smoothly faired, 270-hp Russian M-14 round engine powered 1931 Great Lakes. These and numerous other beautifully crafted airplanes were followed by the crown jewel of the Moss re-creations, the Gee Bee Q.E.D. Moss’ version of the last of the legendary Gee Bee racers took 10 years to build. When it was displayed at the VAA Red Barn during AirVenture 2014, visitors were awestruck. If they knew Jim personally, they were emotionally overcome.
Warbirds of America: Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson
Clarence Emil “Bud” Anderson was born in Oakland, California, and grew up on a farm. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a pilot in the fall of 1942, and went on to fly two combat tours with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the famed 357th Fighter Group in England.
Bud, flying his faithful P-51D Mustang, Old Crow, flew more than 100 missions and scored 16 and 1/4 air combat victories. He started the war as a second lieutenant and returned to the States in 1945 with the rank of major. After the war, Bud was a test pilot first at Wright Field, and then at Edwards Air Force Base, where he served as chief of flight test operations. After a stint at the Pentagon, he commanded an F-105 fighter wing in Vietnam before retiring as a colonel in 1972 with more than two dozen decorations to his name. Throughout his storied career, Bud has logged more than 7,000 hours of flying time and flown more than 100 different types of aircraft.
Bud is a volunteer with EAA Warbirds of America where he appears annually in the Warbirds in Review program during AirVenture. His presentations are always among the most popular of all Warbirds in Review sessions.
Homebuilding: Rob Hickman, EAA 424007
While building an RV-4, Rob drew on his background in electrical engineering to design and build his own engine monitor. He thought he’d just make one for himself, but then a friend wanted one, then a local avionics shop wanted one, and suddenly, Rob had a new business. Advanced Flight Systems was born, focused on manufacturing and selling the ACS 2002.
The monitor evolved from the first color screen available to the experimental market to an EFIS with synthetic vision, attitude, AOA, mapping, weather, traffic, and integration and connectivity with other outside components. After joining forces with Dynon Avionics in 2013, Rob was able to focus on his latest innovation, which is designing and building complete plug-and-play panels using a central control module that eliminates most of the wiring involved in building an airplane.
What started at the dining room table in the late 1990s is now a company with 10 employees and a 7,500-square-foot facility in Canby, Oregon, and customers throughout the world. He is respected by his employees, industry peers, and customers alike.