The Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame
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The Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame
began in 1990. It preceded
the opening of the Iowa Aviation Museum, home of the Hall of Fame.
Nominations to the Hall of
are accepted until February 1st of each year. A
selection committee, appointed by the Museum's Board of Directors, evaluates
the nominations on a point system.
A permanent tribute for each Hall of Fame inductee is
featured at the Museum.
The Museum is the only place in Iowa which focuses on the
state's aviation heritage.
AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ~
- Ann Holtgren Pellegreno--retraced Amelia Earhart's
last flight in a Lockheed Electra, marking the 30 year anniversary of the
Earhart flight. She has written two books about Iowa's aviation history.
- William "Billy" C. Robinson--carried the
first airmail from Des Moines to Chicago and established a long distance
flying record doing so.
- Wyman Fiske Marshall--member of the Three
Musketeers Flying Team. Distinguished military flying career.
- John Wesley Cable--built first airport at Waterloo,
flew early mail routes.
- Arthur J. Hartman--first Iowan to make a recorded
and witnessed flight in a heavier-than-air-craft at Burlington in 1910.
- Aden "Bite"
Livingston--first licensed glider
pilot in Iowa. Founded and managed first airport at Cedar Falls.
- Ila Fox Loetscher--first
native Iowa woman to
receive her pilot's license. Charter member of the Ninety-Nines.
- Don Ultang--worked for the Des Moines Register and
Tribune as a pilot/photographer. He was trained in aeobatics and low
altitude flying. He mastered the technique of taking prize-winning aerial
photographs while being solely responsible for piloting the aircraft.
- Sidney Cleveland--accomplished barnstormer, stunt
pilot, aerial performer, commercial pilot, instructor, test pilot and
- Lt. General Charles Horner--served as forward
commander of U.S. Central Command and commander of U.S. Central Command Air
Forces during Persian Gulf War. His command and the efforts of the troops
are credited with the Allied victory and minimum loss of American lives.
- Neta Snook Southern--as a college student rebuilt a
Cannuck and was an early barnstormer around Ames. When winter arrived, she
shipped the plane to California and took a job as an instructor and
mechanic. In January, 1921, she began teaching Amelia Earhart to fly.
- Louis "Andy" Anderson--built airplanes
and gliders as a boy. He was one of the earliest crop sprayers, introducing
the technique to western Iowa.
- Clarence Chamberlin--completed the first
trans-Atlantic flight with a passenger two weeks after the Lindbergh flight.
Completed the first ship-to-shore mail flight in 1927.
- Clayton Folkerts--distinguished himself in the
field of airplane design with successful production of the Monocoupe.
Accomplished air racer.
- Nellie Voss Ruby--first Iowa woman to receive
A&P mechanic's license and still the only woman in Iowa to hold
- Eugene Ely--completed first successful unassisted
takeoff from a ship in 1910. In 1911 he successfully landed on a ship and is
credited with developing the arresting gear to help stop the plane upon
- J.C. Pemberton--has over 30 patents to his credit,
including Scanivalve which has affected everything from flight tests and
turbine tests to process controls and electronic pressure scanners.
- Luther Smith--first African-American from Iowa
accepted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Flew 133 successful missions in WWII
before becoming a POW for two years.
- Robert Taylor--established Antique Airplane
Association in 1953 to preserve, share and promote early flying machines.
- Ralph Piper--successfully flew 60 round trip
missions in the China-Burma-India Theatre during WWII. His time in the air
totals 24 hours a day for two full years.
- John Livingston--self-taught pilot who had an
accomplished career in air racing. The book Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach was inspired by Livingston's life.
- Robert Freyermuth--flew in Royal Canadian Air
Force, later recruited by U.S. Army. He developed standards and procedures
for air personnel training. He offered Iowa's first aerial applicator
Howard Gregory--built one of
the largest aviation providers in the state of Iowa in Des Moines Flying Service. He has flown
for more than 50 years and has logged in excess of 16,000 hours in a variety
Carl Zeliadt--served as crew chief on heavy
multi-engine aircraft, later appointed as NCO in charge of production
control with the responsibility of all inspections in the Iowa Army National
Guard. In 1994 he was presented the "Master Mechanic" award of the
Iowa DOT-FAA for having over 50 years in maintenance.
Grant Woldum--was instrumental in getting the
federal government to start the Civilian Pilots Training Program. During
WWII he was one of the original pilots who started the Military
Transportation System in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Charles W. Fink--became the youngest B-24 bomber
pilot in the European theatre in WWII. On January 16-18, as commander of the
"Lonesome George", he made the first non-stop jet flight around
the world in 45 hours, 19 minutes.
- Herbert R. Elliott--has diligently worked to
advance aviation in Iowa. He was a founding member of the Iowa Aviation
Business Association. He was instrumental in establishing the Iowa
Aeronautics Commission, the National Aviation Trades Association, and
similar trade associations in Illinois and Minnesota.
- Donald A. Luscombe--learned to fly in a Curtiss
Jenny. He was instrumental in founding the Central States Aero Company. In
1933, he started Luscombe Airplane Development corporation to build the
Phantom, the first all-metal light plane.
- William N. Reed--enlisted in the Army Air Corps in
1939. He resigned his commission to join "Flying Tigers", helping
to defend China against the Japanese. After the AVG was disbanded, he
re-enlisted in the Air Force. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel by age 27. His
plane was shot down on December, 18, 1944. He was the most decorated pilot
in the China-Burma-India Theatre.
- Elvin F. Knotts--was instrumental in making it
possible for manned space vehicles to reenter the earth's atmosphere. He
participated in the preliminary design and proposal, then the design,
development, testing, evaluation and operation of the Space Shuttle
- Avery "Jack" Ladd--was a charter pilot
for the Des Moines Register and Tribune. He joined the Royal Canadian Air
Force in 1939, flying missions in India and China. In the U.S. Air Force, he
commanded the 1st Transport Unit for SAC. When he retired, he had the most
flying hours of any pilot of the time.
- Robert W. Williams--was one
of the "Tuskegee Airmen". He was a member of the "Fighting
99th", the 1st squadron of black combat fighter pilots. He wrote a
screenplay for a movie about the pilots. It was finally produced and
released by HBO in 1995. He was awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six oak leaf cluster, and
the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation.
- Charles W. Gatschet--became the first
pilot-photographer-reporter for a major newspaper, the Des Moines Register
and Tribune. He had his own daily column of aviation news. He flew over 9000
hours and more than one million miles in the first seven aircraft used by
the newspaper. He was also a military aviator in two World Wars.
- Harold B. "Min" Miller--graduated from the U.S. Naval
Academy in 1924. He became a pilot for one of the five F9C-2 Sparrowhawk
fighter planes hangared inside the U.S.S. Macon, which was, at that time,
the largest helium-filled aluminum-framed dirigible ever built. He survived
the sinking of the Macon in 1935. In 1942, he became the youngest rear
Admiral in the Navy at age 42. He went on to a career in both commercial
aviation and education.
- Clifton P.
"Ole" Oleson--became the youngest aviator in
the Army. When he was discharged, he barnstormed, carried mail and was a
stunt flyer. He later managed the Ottumwa Airport, established his own
flying service, and served as a corporate pilot. He also did a weekly radio
program and wrote a column for the Ottumwa Courier.
pilot in WWll and the Korean War. Shot down over Germany, spent two years as
German prisoner of war. Helped establish the Iowa Air Guard. Began an
aviation mechanics program at Iowa Western Community College in Council
Bluffs. Owned and operated Hap's Air Service in Guthrie Center, Atlantic and
then Ames. Taught many to fly.
managed Bettendorf Municipal Airport. Invented, patented, assembled and sold
the Parmele Navigator, a mileage computation tape, which made it easier to
compute mileage on a large wall chart.
Weberg Airways, Inc. at Denison. At the time, the only commercial airport
between Sioux City, Des Moines, and Council Bluffs. Known as "America's
Flyingest Farmer" and the "Flying Farmer of Iowa."
Dolly Zangger-among the
grassroot builders of aviation in Iowa. Have owned, financed and operated
Zangger Airfield on the family farm since 1949. With Russ as a flight
instructor and Dolly operating a flight school, they have instructed nearly
the age of fourteen, built and was the first to fly a glider in Iowa. Built
many aircraft and aircraft engines.
Martin-one of the pioneer
airmen in the country. Started the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company and
proceeded to build aircraft for the military including the China Clipper and
the Martin Marauder.
from Iowa, lunar module pilot for Apollo 7.
pilot for the SR71 Blackbird, reaching top speed of 2,287 mph above 90,000
Orville Wright-built and
flew the Wright Flyer for 12 seconds, the first powered flight on December
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