Thursday, July 15, 2010

2010 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Class - Clay Lacy

If you’ve seen a movie with an aerial shot in it in the last four decades, chances are Clay Lacy made
it happen. This 50,000 plus hour pilot and entrepreneur built fixed base operations, along with becoming a senior captain at United Airlines, but his lasting legacy may be his work as an aerial cinematographer.

Lacy has personally conducted more than 2500 air-to-air photo shoots for movies, such as Top Gun, The Right Stuff and Operation Red Flag: Fighter Pilot, as well as TV series, commercials and more.

A native of Wichita, KS, Lacy began flying at age 12. By the time he was 19 he had logged 1500 when he joined United Airlines in the right seat of DC-3’s. He retired from United 40 years later as a senior captain, having flown the Douglas prop airliners, the DC-10, 727, and finally the 747-400.

Lacy started the first executive jet charter service west of the Mississippi. Clay Lacy Aviation operated from Van Nuys Airport, where Lacy had flown F-86 Sabrejets during a stint in the California Air Guard.

Air Racing fans remember Lacy flying the purple P-51 Mustang “Race #64” winning the Unlimited Championship at Reno in 1970. He holds numerous aviation world records, and even today, he wants to get behind the controls and fly.

For more of Clay Lacy’s story, as well as the other members of this year’s Hall of Fame class, join us Saturday night at 7:00pm EDT for the LIVE Internet broadcast of the entire Hall of Fame Enshrinement event. Click here

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