Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Goes Virtual

Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Inducting Four New Members Into The Hall Of Fame

The Lone Star Flight Museum is inducting four new members into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame: George W.S. Abbey, Colonel (retired) Eileen M. Collins, Usto Schulz, and Tyson Weihs. They invite you to join them on Thursday, May 6, 2021 for a Virtual Induction Ceremony.

George W.S. Abbey is the former director of NASA Johnson Space Center. Abbey, a Fellow in Space Policy at the Baker Institute for Rice University, had significant influence on every human space flight program from Apollo forward. Former astronaut Colonel (retired) Eileen M. Collins was the first female space shuttle pilot and commander. Usto Schulz is a World War II veteran, pilot and pioneer of JetBlue Airways. Tyson Weihs is the co-founder of ForeFlight, a Boeing Company, which revolutionized flight planning and in-flight alerts.

The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was established in 1995 to honor and recognize Texans and Texas companies or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to the advancement of aviation. There are currently 80 individuals and groups in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, in four categories which include: trailblazers and explorers, wartime aviators, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. 

The TAHOF class of 2020 joins an impressive list of past inductees representing trailblazers and explorers such as Bessie Coleman and Wiley Post; leaders such as Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; World War II aviators Tex Hill, the Doolittle Raiders, Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots; astronauts Alan Bean, John Young and Gene Cernan; and entrepreneurs Howard Hughes, Gordon Bethune and Herb Kelleher. To be selected as a member of the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, the individual or group must have a significant connection to Texas and have left an indelible mark on the history of aviation or be an aviator who made an extraordinary contribution to the world in another field.

FMI: www.lonestarflight.org
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