Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 issue
BLOOMINGTON, MINN. – The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its 28th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, April 22, 2017, again at the popular Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. The awards ceremony will be emceed by radio personality, Al Malmberg, the host of the long-running WCCO Radio program, “The World of Aviation.”
Awards will be presented to six inductees, including James H. Brodie, inventor of a system of utilizing small private aircraft for sub and search patrols in the Pacific during World War II; Edward J. Chapman, Vietnam fighter pilot, United Airlines Captain, balloonist; Alvin D. Grady, historian, U.S. Air Force veteran, Duluth Airport Authority Chief Accountant, 148th Fighter Squadron budget analyst, and historian; Bruce D. Jaeger, long-time owner of Willmar Air Service, and Mooney aircraft specialist; Major General Robert S. Peterson, World War II Flying Tiger, fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam, and Metropolitan Airports Commission member; and Brig. General George L. Schulstad, 26 years a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and an exchange pilot with the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. In addition to the induction awards, the Hall of Fame will present a Best Aviation Writing Award for 2017 to Sam Weigel, Flying Magazine columnist. The Hall of Fame will also honor three young aviation career students with $1500 scholarships.
2017 will mark the second year the induction banquet will be held at the Hyatt, located at 3200 East 81st Street on the south side of Hwy 494, just a couple blocks from the 34th Avenue exit. Banquet and hotel details, along with reservation materials, are available online at www.mnaviationhalloffame.org.