Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2009 enshrined

On Saturday, April 18, four men with Michigan connections will be enshrined in the Air Zoo’s Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.

In the same ceremony, Duncan Aviation will be presented with the “Spirit of Flight” award, which highlights the outstanding achievements of aviation/space organizations. From a small Beechcraft distributorship in the 1950s to providing avionics services in reputable maintenance facilities and more than 1 million square feet of hangar space, Duncan Aviation has helped shape the aviation industry.

The four enshrines into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame are: Walter B. Forbes, USAF fighter and transport pilot in three wars; Duane Hackney, USAF (PJ) pararescueman; Kenneth Porter, World War I fighter pilot and flying ace; and Harry Stewart, World War II fighter pilot and Tuskegee Airman.

University of Michigan graduate James Tobin will be presented with the “Harriet Quimby” award for his contributions to the history of flight through his books. His first book, “Ernie Pyle’s War: America’s Eyewitness to World War II,” won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.

For more information: AirZoo.org

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