Saturday, December 19, 2009

San Diego Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame 2009

The San Diego Air & Space Museum has selected its hall of fame class of 2009. The honoree was selected for their historic contributions to aviation, space, or aviation technology.

Class of 2009:
Sally Ride, first woman in space
Sean D. Tucker, airshow performer
Clay Lacy, founder of Clay Lacy aviation
Lockheed Brothers & Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Aircraft Co.
The Blue Angels, airshow performer
Cliff Robertson, pilot, Academy-Award-winning screen star, founder of Cliff Robertson Work Experience
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Sally Ride is an American physicist and a former NASA in 1983 the first American woman to enter space. During he career Sally served as the ground-based Capsule Communicator for the second and third Space Shuttle flights. On June 18, 1983 she became the first woman in space on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7. In 1989, she became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the California Space Institute. Sally is currently serving as President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded in 2001.

Sean D. Tucker is an American airshow pilot. He earned his pilot's certificate at age 17. He has been in airshows since mid-1970s. He is sponsored by Team Oracle and flies a Challenger II biplane. Sean D. Tucker is the founder and president of Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety, where you can train to be an aerobatic pilot. The Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety is the only aerobatic pilot training place in the world.

Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Co.Clay Lacy is the founder of Clay Lacy Aviation, one of the largest corporate jet providers in the country. Clay Lacy Aviation operates the largest number of aircraft in the west. Currently Clay Lacy Aviation flies more charters in the West Coast more than any other.

Lockheed Brothers & Skunk Works Brothers Allan and Malcolm, created a series of aviation companies that eventually became the current company, Lockheed Martin Aircraft Co. that started in 1912. Lockheed Brothers & Skunk Brothers produce some of the most famous aircraft.

United Sates Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels who are a performing aerobatic team that started in 1946. Blue Angels flew various aircraft over their time-span including a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, F8F-1 Bearcat, F9F-2 Panther, F9F-5 Panther, Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, F11F-1 Tiger, F-4J Phantom II, A-4F Skyhawk, and the current day Boeing F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet. The Blue Angels are one of the most respected team.

Cliff Robertson is a pilot, Academy Award and Emmy-Award-winning screen star as well as founder of the Cliff Robertson Work Experience, within the EAA. Cliff Robertson is an American actor and also a pilot. He has been in films suck as Corvette K-225, We've Never Been Licked, All in a Night's Work, Underworld U.S.A., Sunday in New York, 633 Squadron, Charly, Shoot, Midway, Obsession, The Pilot, Escape from L.A., Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Riding the Bullet, and Spider-Man 3 just to name a few. The EAA's Young Eagles program started in 1992 with Cliff Robertson as the honorary first chairman.

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) is an organization of civilian female pilots employed to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Between September 1942 and December 1944, the WASP delivered 12,650 aircraft of 78 different types.

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