Published In Midwest Flyer Magazine February/March 2022 Online Issue
OSHKOSH, WIS. – The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) honored 12 aviation notables for their contributions to recreational aviation by inducting them into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, November 11, 2021. The large group of individuals represent the Hall of Fame classes of 2020 and 2021, as the 2020 induction ceremony was canceled due to the COVID pandemic.
The 2021 EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame inductees included Flo and Bob Irwin (posthumous); International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame inductee, Kirby Chambliss of Chandler, Arizona; Warbirds of America Hall of Fame inductee, Carl Scholl of Chino, California, and Tony Ritzman of Ontario, California; Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Nesse of Albert Lea, Minnesota; and EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame inductee, Roy Beisswenger of Greenville, Illinois.
2020 inductees included EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Christensen of St. George, Utah; International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame inductee, Verne Jobst of McHenry, Illinois; Warbirds of America Hall of Fame inductee, Mark Clark of Rockford, Illinois; Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Dyer of Brighton, Colorado; and EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame inductee, Dan Johnson of Port Orange, Florida.
The EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community. Those inducted into the halls of fame are selected by their peers for their contributions to their respective areas of aviation.