July Ceremony To Honor Five 'Legends Of Flight'
Steve Fossett had an eventful year.
In February he set the Absolute Non-Stop Distance Record for any
aircraft, then in March the Absolute Closed Circuit Distance Record
-- both flying solo in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer. Then in
August, with co-pilot Einar Enevoldson, he established a new glider
world altitude record.
Fossett holds numerous aviation world records in balloons,
gliders, airships and powered aircraft. Because of those and his
tireless efforts in promoting aviation the world over, ANN has
learned he and four other "legends of flight" will be honored
with enshrinement in the The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF)
Famed test and fighter pilot, parachutist and balloonist, USAF
Colonel (Retired) Joe Kittinger made the announcement last
night in Dayton, OH, birthplace of the Wright Brothers and home of
the NAHF. He was addressing a group attending a dinner
celebrating the 103rd Anniversary of the Wright Brothers first
In addition to Steve Fossett, the NAHF "Class of 2007" includes
Walter J. Boyne, former Director of the Smithsonian’s Air and
Space Museum, aviation historian and best-selling author;
Evelyn Bryan Johnson, a flight instructor who has logged more
flight hours, trained more pilots, and given more FAA exams than
any other pilot; Sally K. Ride, America’s first woman in
space aboard NASA’s STS-7 Shuttle mission; and Frederick W.
Smith, a former USMC combat pilot and innovative founder of FedEx,
the global transportation, business services and logistics
The formal enshrinement will take place in Dayton on Saturday,
July 21, 2007, where these five will join the 190 legends of flight
already honored in the NAHF.
A pleased Steve Fossett commented yesterday, "This is a great
honor - and a very nice Christmas present! I am especially pleased
my old friend Joe Kittinger will be making the announcement
tonight, and I'll look forward to being in Dayton in July."