Thursday, September 12, 2013

Presenters, Emcee named for National Aviation Hall of Fame's "Oscar Night of Aviation"

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Leaders and legends of flight among those selected to present four new
National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees
at October 4th ceremony

First African-American in space, NASA Administrator,
EAA Chairman among participants at "Oscar Night of Aviation"
in Dayton, Ohio; air show announcer Danny Clisham to emcee

(Dayton, Ohio – September 11, 2013)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the lineup of luminaries selected to present each of the four inductees in its Class of 2013 at its 51st Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on Friday, October 4.  The black-tie gala, often referred to as America's "Oscar Night of Aviation," will take place at the NAHF Learning & Research Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  Presenting Sponsor is the Cessna Aircraft Company.  Tickets to the public remain available from the NAHF by advance purchase only.

The late C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson is widely recognized as "the father of African-American aviation."  He will be presented for 2013 enshrinement by Colonel Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, USAF (Ret), who became the first African-American in space on August 30, 1983 as a mission specialist on STS-8.  He flew a total of four Shuttle missions during his NASA career.  Accepting Anderson's honors will be his grand-daughter, Christina Anderson.

Major General Patrick H. Brady, US Army (Ret) is a Medal of Honor recipient and acknowledged as the top helicopter pilot of the Vietnam War.  General Brady will be presented for 2013 enshrinement by his daughter, former Army Captain Meghan Brady Smith, who served in Germany, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Operation Iraqi Freedom during which she earned the Bronze Star.  Accepting will be General Brady.

Navy Capt. Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, USN (Ret) is a former fighter and test pilot, engineer and veteran of five Shuttle missions as a NASA astronaut.  Gibson will be presented for 2013 enshrinement by NASA Administrator, Major General Charles F. Bolden, USMC (Ret).  Also a former fighter and test pilot, and NASA astronaut with four Shuttle missions, General Bolden was a crewmate of Gibson's on STS-61-C in January 1986.  Accepting will be Captain Gibson.

The late Dwane L. Wallace rescued the Cessna Aircraft Company from bankruptcy in the early 1930's, guiding it into the largest light aircraft manufacturer in the world over his 41 year career as President, Chairman and CEO.  Presenting Wallace for enshrinement will be former Cessna CEO, Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board. Accepting will be one of Wallace's four daughters, Sarah Bracco.

The Master-of-Ceremonies will be famed air show announcer Danny Clisham.  With over 40 years in the air show industry, Clisham is a 2007 inductee of the Air Show Hall of Fame.  Clisham's 30,000-plus hours of flying time include serving as captain for a major airline and as a test pilot on the development of the Boeing 747 supertanker.  This will mark Clisham's first time as emcee for the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

"The growing roster of stars attending the Hall of Fame celebration on October 4th reads like a who's who of the air and space community," said NAHF Enshrinement Director, Ron Kaplan, noting that Amanda Wright-Lane, Great Grandniece of enshrinees Orville and Wilbur Wright, will lead a toast to the famous brothers to start the ceremonies.  "We're also looking forward to hosting several former enshrinees who are returning to salute our Class of 2013, among them astronaut Joe Engle (2001), artist Keith Ferris (2012), and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee (2011)."

Seating is limited and a capacity crowd is expected.  Patron seats are $150 each and Premium seats are $300 each. The deadline for reservations is Saturday, September 21, 2013.   For more information or to reserve seats visit or call 937-256-0944 ext.10.

The NAHF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in Dayton in 1962 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964.  Its mission is to honor America's outstanding air and space pioneers, which it does through a 17,000 square-foot public Learning Center featuring interactive exhibits, a youth education program, its annual enshrinement ceremony, other public outreach programs, and collaboration with like-minded organizations.
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