Ceremony To Take Place at Florida Air Museum at Sun 'n Fun
SUN ‘N FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Fla. – (November 1, 2005) – Four new members of the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame will be honored during induction ceremonies set for 12 noon on Friday December 16 at the Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun.
The inductees were identified and confirmed by the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame Selection Committee, comprised of members of the Florida Aviation Historical Society in cooperation with the Florida Air Museum. The inductees include: Paul Tibbetts, pilot of the Enola Gay; Bob White, the first to fly Mach 4, 5 and 6; John Paul Riddle, founder of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Chalmers H. Goodlin, pilot of the X1 before Chuck Yeager.
“These distinguished aviators are truly deserving of a place in the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame,” said Dr. Warren Brown, past President of the Florida Aviation Historical Society, and current Chairman of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “Their contributions to aviation are varied and numerous and all Floridians should recognize the rich aviation heritage these honorees have given us.”
The Florida Air Museum is the home of the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame. “We’re thrilled to house the Aviation Hall of Fame,” said Greg Harbaugh, Director of the Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun, “Our museum is the place where the community comes face to face with aviation’s role in society. It’s a perfect match for us to exhibit the legacies of these aviation pioneers for all to see and share. ”
The December 16 luncheon and ceremony, scheduled for 12 noon, is open to the public at a cost of $25.00.
Sun ‘n Fun, a 501(c)(3) not–for–profit organization based in Lakeland, Florida, is best known for its annual Fly–In held each April. The event draws more than 160,000 people and 4,000 aircraft to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, creating an economic impact of more than $27 million in Lakeland and Polk County. The Fly–In is the primary source of funding for Sun ‘n Fun’s expanding year–round aviation education programs. These include operation of the Florida Air Museum, the state’s “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center,” which is also supported through grants from the Division of Historical Resources and Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State. In addition, Sun ‘n Fun has initiated education programs for aviation enthusiasts of all ages – especially young people – featuring valuable “hands on” learning experiences. A growing scholarship program provides financial support to ensure Sun ‘n Fun’s education programs are accessible to all. For more information, access Sun ‘n Fun’s website or call the Sun ‘n Fun offices (863–644–2431).
The Florida Aviation Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization of aviation enthusiasts joined together to record, honor and perpetuate Florida’s rich aviation heritage. For more information, access http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fahs_website/