Aviation Pioneers features current and past aviation leaders and pioneers and also includes the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame Awards, the Kansas Governors Aviation Honor Awards and the Kansas Aerospace Educator of the Year Awards.
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Recent Aviation Pioneers
Kansas Aviation Museum 2011 Hall of Fame and Governor’s Honor Awards!
In honor of those who have made outstanding contributions to Kansas aviation, the Kansas Department of Aviation through the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) had realized years ago, that a function be created to recognize individuals who played a major role in the contribution and development of Kansas Aviation.
James "Jabby" Jabara (October 10, 1923 - November 17, 1966) was the second-highest-scoring U.S. ace of the Korean War. He was the first American jet ace in history.
2nd Lt. Erwin R. Bleckley
Second Lt. Erwin R. Bleckley, a U.S. Army Air Service observer, and his pilot rose above the call of duty, flying close to the tree tops over enemy positions entrenched with rattling machine guns during two attempts to help save more than 500 American Soldiers who were completely surrounded.
MAJOR GENERAL JOE HENRY ENGLE
Maj. Gen. Joe Henry Engle (U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard) was born in Dickinson County, Kan., on Aug. 26, 1932. After attending grade school in Chapman, Kan., and graduating from Dickinson County High School, he went to the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955.
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio) is a former astronaut who became the third person and first American to orbit the Earth, and later, United States Senator.
Aviation Legend: Lee Atwood 1904 - 1999
Aviation legend Lee Atwood -- who was instrumental in designing the P-51 Mustang; the F-100, world's first operational supersonic jet fighter; the X-15 rocket plane; and the Apollo Command Module that took astronauts to the moon -- died on March 5, 1999, at the age of 94.