EAA Halls of Fame Induct Eight
November 2, 2004 - The Experimental Aircraft Association will honor eight of its members this week who contributed greatly to the world of flight as the newest inductees of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame. The group will be inducted on Friday, November 5, during a program at the EAA Aviation Center at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Bob Whittier and the late Pete Bowers are being inducted into the EAA Homebuilders' Hall of Fame; Betty Stewart and the late Dorothy Hester, the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame; Howard Pardue the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; Espie "Butch" Joyce the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; and Klaus Hill and Bert Howland, posthumous inductees to EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame.
"Each of these eight people has made a unique contribution to the world of flight," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "Those of us active in aviation today recognize their commitment and passion for flying. These inductees represent the best that recreational aviation has to offer and serve as an example for everyone involved in flying. We are honored to welcome them as our newest inductees to the EAA Halls of Fame."
Members of EAA and EAA Divisions nominated the inductees. The Board of Directors of each group made the final selections. Nominees were considered for their contributions to the history, development and growth of a particular facet of sport aviation.
The IAC Hall of Fame was founded in 1987, while the Homebuilders' Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 and the Warbirds of America Hall of Fame in 1995. The Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame was created in 1993, while 1999 was the inaugural year for the Ultralight Hall of Fame.