Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue
BLOOMINGTON, MINN. – The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHF) held its 28th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, April 22, 2017. The awards ceremony was emceed by popular radio personality, Al Malmberg, host of WCCO Radio’s “World of Aviation.”
Inducted were James H. Brodie, inventor of a unique “trapeze system” of utilizing small liaison aircraft aboard ships for submarine patrols during World War II; Edward J. Chapman, military pilot, airline pilot, and record-holding balloon pilot; Alvin D. Grady, historian, U.S. Air Force retired, Duluth Airport Authority Chief Accountant, and 148th Fighter Squadron budget analyst; Bruce D. Jaeger, owner of Jaeger Aviation, past owner of Willmar Air Service, and a specialist in Mooney aircraft; Major General Robert S. Peterson, World War II Flying Tiger, fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam, and member of the Metropolitan Airports Commission; 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 Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame presented the “Best Aviation Writing Award” by a Minnesotan to Sam Weigel, a columnist for FLYING magazine.