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WV Aviation Hall of Fame

West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame

The West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame honors pioneers and leaders in the aviation industry who have made significant contributions to the development, advancement or promotion of aviation and have close ties to the State of West Virginia.

Nominations may be made by any firm, organization or individual familiar with the nominee’s achievements. Nominees must meet certain criteria as established by the WV Airport Managers Association (WVAMA). The selection committee is composed of the President of the WVAMA, the Chairman of the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission, the Director of the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission, a WVAMA Corporate Board Member, and three appointed WVAMA Members.

The West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame is located in the terminal building of the North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg, WV. Each inductee is honored by having a descriptive plaque praising their contributions to West Virginia aviation.


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
  • 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
  • Awarded the distinguished Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015
  • Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility opened at NASA’s Langley Research Center in 2016
  • Learn more here.
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
  • Awards and accolades include the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal, seven commendation medals, and two Presidential unit citations
  • Learn more here.
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
  • Learn more here.
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 practice 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
  • Learn more here.
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
  • Learn more here.
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
  • Learn more here.
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​
  • Learn more here.
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
  • Learn more here.
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”
  • Learn more here.
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
  • Learn more here.
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​
  • Learn more here.