The Experimental Aircraft Association will recognize the contributions made by five aviators to the world of flight on Friday, Oct. 29, as it inducts them into the EAA Hall of Fame during a banquet at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis.
The five aviators represent the spectrum of aviation within the EAA membership and have achieved notable successes within their particular realm of flight. Among them will be the late Harold D. “Hal” Weekley, the 2010 Warbirds of America inductee, who flew many B-17 missions over Germany before being shot down over occupied France during World War II and later served as one of EAA’s volunteer B-17 pilots for several years. Weekley, of Mabelton, Ga., passed away Sept. 22, 2010, at age 89.
Other inductees include Dean Wilson of Clarkston, Wash. (Homebuilders); Morton Lester of Martinsville, Va. (Vintage Aircraft); John Ballantyne of Millsboro, Del. (Ultralight); and the late Jimmy Franklin of Spruce Pine, N.C. (International Aerobatic Club). In addition, Oshkosh businessman John Vette will receive the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award for his efforts on behalf of EAA and the local community.
“Each of these five individuals has made their own unique contributions to the world of flight that has benefited all of us,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president and CEO. “These inductees serve as an example for everyone involved in flying and represent the best that recreational aviation has to offer. We recognize their commitment and passion for flying and are honored to welcome them into the EAA Halls of Fame.”
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