What fun to look back at Dave Scott’s Good Morning San Diego coverage of the Air & Space Hall of Fame Legends of Flight Gala. At the 55 second mark, you’ll see him introduce Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, who then introduces me.
The International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2019 is notable for inducting so many wonderful people, including my co-inductee — Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos! By the way, Jeff made a $200 million donation to the Smithsonian Institution this past summer (July 2021) to boost its National Air and Space Museum.
It was a delight to share the International Air & Space Hall of Fame stage with the luminaries below.
Distinguished Class of 2019 to enter International Air & Space Hall of Fame on Nov. 23, 2019
Jeff Bezos, Space exploration pioneer and founder of aerospace company Blue Origin.
Hawley Bowlus, American engineer, designer and aircraft builder and icon of the Golden Age of Flight.
Dr. Vance Coffman, Retired chairman of Lockheed Martin Corporation and the man responsible for the Hubble Space Telescope and other critical space innovations.
Joan Sullivan Garrett, Founder of MedAire, the leading global provider of integrated safety solutions where remote medical care is in high demand.
Robert J. Gilliland, The first man to fly the legendary SR-71 Blackbird and test-pilot for EVERY Blackbird that came off the production line.
Dick Gordon, Capt., USN, Ret., American Naval Aviator and Command Module Pilot of Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon.
Lt. Col. David Hamilton, USAF, Ret., & the Pathfinder Pilots, The last surviving Pathfinder Pilot who dropped paratroopers into Normandy in advance of the allied invasion on D-Day.
Dr. Robert H. Liebeck, a world-renowned authority on aerodynamics, hydrodynamics and aircraft design.