Hall of Fame Members

 

Katherine  Coleman Goble Johnson
Katherine  Coleman Goble Johnson

Year Inducted: 2017
 
  • First African-American woman to desegregate the graduate program at West Virginia State (University) at the age of 18
  • Applied mathematical skills after graduate school and became a “computer” for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NASA today) in the furtherance of the progression of flight
  • Earned an unprecedented seat among the engineers of the all-male flight research team due to her accuracy and brilliance in complex mathematical concepts
  • Became a valued member of the Langley Space Task Group, credited with calculating the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for Project Mercury’s 1961 launch and the 1962 first American-manned orbit of the earth
  • Played an integral role in the Apollo 11 lunar landing as well as Apollo 13’s aborted mission to the moon, where her expertise was vital in bringing the crew safely back to earth
  • Awarded the distinguished Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015
  • Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility opened at NASA’s Langley Research Center in 2016
  • Portrayed in the 2016 film, Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same name

George Spencer "Spanky" Roberts
George Spencer "Spanky" Roberts

Year Inducted: 2017
 
  • Completed training with the first class of Tuskegee Airmen at the Tuskegee Institute before defending our great nation in the skies
  • Successfully finished the first class and was later commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1942 before becoming commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, making him the first African-American commander; one of three times in total he would hold this title during his career
  • Flew approximately 100 combat missions during World War II before resuming command of the 332nd Fighter Group in 1945
  • In 1950, was the first African-American Commander of a racially-integrated Air Force unit and became a jet qualified pilot before assisting in the Korean War
  • Appointed as the Director of Materiel for the 313th Air Division in Okinawa, Japan and served as the Air Force Logistics Command in 1963
  • Served as Deputy Director of Logistics for fighter operations in Vietnam and space missiles and logistics in the Pacific Ocean area
  • Awards and accolades include the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal, seven commendation medals, and two Presidential unit citations
Earl T. Halloran
Earl T. Halloran

Year Inducted: 2016
  • Soloed in a Curtiss JN-4D (Jenny) after just four and one half hours of flight instruction
  • Instructor for the US Army Signal Corps
  • Formed the Hinton Aero Club, barnstorming across the state, carrying passengers and thrill seekers
  • Captain of a group of five other aircraft pilots hired to do aerial surveillance on the miners at Blair Mountain
  • Established a bus line and automobile dealership in Hinton, WV
  • Believed to be the first registered pilot in the State of West Virginia​
Eldon J. Haught
Eldon J. Haught

Year Inducted: 2016
  • Certified as a private in 1978
  • Long-time member of the WV Aeronautics Commission, established the proactice of rotating Commission meetings at different airports throughout the state
  • Chaired a committee to prcure a Fire Fighter Training Simulator for WV's commericial service airports, insuring funding for annual maintenance
  • Strong supporter of mantaining Commission funding for the WV Civil Air Patrol's tweleve squadrons
  • 2014 Ritchie County DAR award for Community service, 2003 Jefferson Award for community service
  • Honorary graduate of the University of Hard Knocks-Alderson Broaddus University​
Irene I. Crum
Irene I. Crum

Year Inducted: 2015
  • ​Internationally Known Aviation Record Breaker
  • Completed First Solo Flight at Age 26
  • Set Altitude Record for Aeronca C-2 at Age 27 with only 40 Solo Hours at the Time
  • World War II Army Test Pilot
  • Women’s Air Force Service Pilots “WASPS”
  • Flight Instructor in Brazil for US Government
  • Flight Instructor in Jacksonville, FL
Angelo Koukoulis
Angelo Koukoulis

Year Inducted: 2015
  • ​P47 Fighter Mechanic, Army Air Corps
  • FAA Designated Aircraft Maintenance Inspector
  • Founded AeroMech, Inc. (first FAA radio repair station in WV)   250 employees 1951
  • Founded AeroMech Airlines – passenger airline serving 23 cities in 7 states 1980
  • Founding Member & Treasurer of the Regional Airlines Association of America
  • Served as Airport Manager of Benedum Airport (CKB) for 22 years
Donald J. Judy
Donald J. Judy

Year Inducted: 2014
  • Love for Aviation at Age Five in Bonanza Aircraft
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Holds Airframe and Powerplant  (A&P) Certificate with Inspection Authority (IA)
  • Restored Ten Complete Rebuilt Aircraft
  • Talented in the Art of Recovering Fabric Aircraft
  • Recipient of 2010 Wilbur Wright Award​
Captain Jon A. McBride
Captain Jon A. McBride

Year Inducted: 2014
  • US Navy Fighter Pilot – 64 Combat Missions
  • Became NASA Astronaut in 1979
  • Lead Chase Pilot - Maiden Voyage of Columbia
  • Piloted 1984 Mission Aboard Orbiter Challenger
  • Served as NASA Administrator – Dep. Director
  • Retired with 8,800+ Hours in Over 40 Different Types of Military and Civilian Aircraft
  • Received Numerous Awards for Many Accomplishments
Brig. Gen. J Kemp McLaughlin
Brig. Gen. J Kemp McLaughlin

Year Inducted: 2014
  • World War II Hero – 39 Combat Missions
  • B-17 Pilot – 92nd Heavy Bombardment Group of Eighth Air Force
  • Participated in “Black Thursday” Against Germany, Norway, and Battle of the Bulge
  • Helped Found First WV Air National Guard Squadron
  • Served 30 Years as First Commander
  • 130th Airlift Wing – Charleston Named “McLaughlin Air National Guard Base”
C. William "Bill" Pancake, Jr.
C. William "Bill" Pancake, Jr.

Year Inducted: 2014
  • ​Piloted First Aircraft Alone at Age 16
  • Holds Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certificate with Inspection Authority (IA)
  • World Renowned Restorer of Classic Aircraft
  • Recognized in Prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database
  • First West Virginian to receive both Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV
Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV

Year Inducted: 2014
  • Staunch Supporter of Aviation as Former WV Governor and US Senator
  • Authored Small Community Air Service Development Program Benefiting WV Airports
  • Leader of Essential Air Service Program Enabling Air Service at Smaller WV Airports
  • Author of Aviation & Transportation Security Act Leading to Creation of TSA
  • Chair of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation​

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