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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-17-2003 01:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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First Century of Flight's 100 Aviation Heroes Named

Event organizers have announced the names of 100 Aviation Heroes as selected by the First Flight Centennial Commission's 100 Heroes Committee. The committee was asked to select individuals from the international aviation community who are diverse in gender, race, and the roles they played in the advancement of aviation. In addition, the selection criteria stated that the individual "should be characterized by ingenuity, bravery and determination: qualities that led the Wright brothers to success one century ago."

The 100 Heroes were formally announced and honored on Tuesday, December 16th during the First Flight Centennial Celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.


Among the individuals selected were several involved in space exploration:
  • Theodore Von Kármán
  • Robert Goddard
  • James McDonnell
  • Charles Draper
  • A. Scott Crossfield
  • Hugh Dryden
  • Colonel Yuri Gagarin
  • John H. Glenn, Jr.
  • Sergei Pavolovich Korolev
  • Walter "Wally" Schirra
  • Bernard Schriever
  • Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
  • Wernher Von Braun
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Frank Borman
  • Michael Collins
  • Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr.
  • James Lovell, Jr.
  • Thomas Stafford
  • Valentina Tereshkova
  • Donald "Deke" Slayton
  • Mae Jemison
  • Captain Bruce McCandless, II
  • Sally Ride
  • Eileen Collins
  • Shannon Lucid

gliderpilotuk
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posted 12-17-2003 06:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that must have been a tough job selecting 100.

FWIW three others I would have substituted are Billy Bishop - highest scoring Allied (Canadian) ace of WW1 with 72 victories; Sir Barnes Wallis - inventor of the R100/101 airships; pioneer in geodetic construction; inventor of the "bouncing bomb" and swing-wing (variable geometry) principle; Paul McReady - pioneer in human and solar powered flight, winner of the Kremer prize - Gossamer Condor and Albatross etc.

At this time let's also not forget the predecessors of the Wrights, many of whom gave their lives in pursuit of principles which later led to the first powered flight, eg Cayley, Lilienthal, Chanute, Pilcher.

Paul Bramley

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posted 12-17-2003 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frederic Janik   Click Here to Email Frederic Janik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A nice list, even if a little bit too American-oriented. Well, of course it was decided by Americans so there is inevitably a bias, and anyway I do not want to diminish the great contributions made to aviation by the US.

Anyway, a little competition: who has the largest number of autographs from the list? I have "only" 18...

Frédéric Janik

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posted 12-17-2003 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Frederic Janik:
Well, of course it was decided by Americans

Thanks for the reminder. I had meant to post this earlier...

The 100 Heroes Selection Committee was comprised of national, regional and local aviation dignitaries and enthusiasts. They were:

General Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and Commander, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Eberhart's distinguished career includes command of the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing during Operation Desert Shield. While serving as Commander of U.S. Forces, Japan, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan. A command pilot, General Eberhart has logged more than 4,500 flight hours in his career.

William Surles "Bill" McArthur, Jr. (Colonel, USA, Ret.). North Carolina native Col. McArthur is a NASA astronaut and Master Army Aviator with over 4500 flight hours in 39 different air/spacecraft. Retired from the Army since 2001, McArthur is currently assigned to NASA's Expedition 8 crew, a long duration flight to the International Space Station, to take place in 2003.

Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, Division of Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, serves as a member of the U.S. First Flight Centennial Advisory Board. He has won a number of major writing awards, including a literary prize for "The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright," and frequently appears on the PBS program, "Wings."

William H. "Bill" Williams, Jr., Director, Division of Aviation, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT). - Williams oversees the NCDOT division responsible for all aviation functions in the state, and has participated in the state's key aviation initiatives, including preparation and planning for the First Flight Centennial Celebration. A pilot with over 4,500 flying hours, Williams also served 28 years with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ethel Finley, Regional Director, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) organization. Finley began her flying career as a student at Winona State Teachers College in Winona, Minn. She joined the WASP in March 1943, and was active in numerous roles while activated. WASPs were the first women in history trained to fly military aircraft during World War II. Finley renewed her active role in the WASP organization nearly 20 years ago, including a two-year tour as president. Finley currently oversees WASP participation in air shows and special events throughout the region.

Willard M. "Bill" Dyer, Jr., representative of the First Flight Society. Mr. Dyer is a North Carolina native with a life-long interest in flying. A former Army aviation cadet during World War II, he pursued his interest in flying by becoming an airline pilot and later maintaining the Ser-Air Museum in Kinston, N.C. Dyer is a life member of the First Flight Society, and has also served as N.C. President of the Air Force Association.

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posted 12-17-2003 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A correction is needed for Bruce McCandless. Capt. McCandless was born in 1937. As a footnote he was the youngest of the astronauts choosen in 1966.

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posted 12-17-2003 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Frederic Janik:
Anyway, a little competition: who has the largest number of autographs from the list? I have "only" 18...
My collection 24.5 (I have Orville but not Wilbur!)

Paul

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posted 12-17-2003 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A shame that they spelled Jackie Cochran's name wrong... kind of takes the shine off the honor.

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posted 12-17-2003 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mconway   Click Here to Email mconway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Much time and effort appeared to go into the selections. Hard to argue with the outcome. I didn't see Konstantin Tsiolkovsky on the list. I wonder whether the Committee considered him? As Yuri Gagarin stated, Tsiolkovsky's vision was instrumental in the Soviet space program.

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posted 12-18-2003 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kucharek   Click Here to Email kucharek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Red Baron's name is spelled "Richthofen", with one "f". It's pronounced with a long "o".

Harald

PS: I miss Bob Gilruth on this list. If there was one man, who made manned spaceflight in the US a reality, I'd say it's Gilruth.

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posted 12-18-2003 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mconway   Click Here to Email mconway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Further reflection on the list causes me to wonder if the Committee considered Octave Chanute. The Wright Brothers attributed a good part of their glider design knowledge to his wisdom.

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posted 11-16-2007 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stoney   Click Here to Email Stoney     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although this is a great list, I'm a little disappointed that Frank Hawks was not selected. Hawks was a WWI flight instructor, gave Amelia Earhart her first ride, performed the first non stop coast to coast fight, set over 200 speed records and ultimately died in a GWinn aircar crash, the gear hitsome power lines on takeoff, while promoting the design that the average joe could fly. I wonder what else he might have accomplished if he had lived past age 40.

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posted 11-16-2007 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting that Alexei Leonov isn't on there for the first EVA.

I'm also a bit puzzled by Schirra's inclusion, coupled with the exclusion of Grissom. The rationale for putting Schirra on the list was that he flew all three of M/G/A (don't get me wrong - Schirra is definitely a hero and ground breaker). If not for a fatal accident in an Apollo, it would have been Grissom... Seems like if they included Schirra, they should have included Gus! Just my 2 cents.

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Also, George HW Bush? Don't get me wrong, he served this country admirably for 50 odd years of public service, but an aviation hero? He certainly did his duty in the war, but there are a good number of Collier Trophy winners who would readily fit the bill better.

Likewise, Eleanor Roosevelt? Yes, she did a lot to get the Tuskegee Airmen in active duty, but the hero there is Benjamin Davis (well and properly included).

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posted 11-17-2007 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No disrespect meant to Mae Jemison, but her inclusion on the list only seems to be for the fact she's an African American female and not for an aviation accomplishment. While I can understand the accomplishment of being one of the first of a race or gender to do something, she was neither the first African American, nor the first woman, to fly in space. Take away the combination of her sex and her race, there is nothing in her NASA biography that truly makes her stand apart from her peers.

The first African American in space is, oddly enough, NOT on the list...even though he had a much longer and more distinguished career at NASA.

Also, I agree the inclusion of George Bush is a bit of a stretch. Take away the fame of his presidency and there is little about his aviation career to distinguish him from hundreds (if not thousands) of other military fliers with similar career accomplishments.

The lack of Al Boyd on this list shows a real lack of understanding of his role as the father of modern flight testing.

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posted 11-17-2007 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Autographs...I have 23 of the 100. Agreed- Bush is stretching it a bit, while there are some good names (like Grissom & Leonov) that should be on the list.

Dennis

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posted 11-17-2007 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark plas   Click Here to Email mark plas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young ???

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