Steve Hinton

Steve Hinton | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Steve Hinton Year Inducted: 2016 Steve Hinton, a fixture in the world of warbirds, has performed at airshows around the world since about 1983, more than 150 different types of aircraft. His restoration company has restored more than 40 warbirds to pristine flying condition. He has been President of the Planes of Fame Air Museum [...]

Skip Holm

Skip Holm | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Skip Holm Year Inducted: 2016 Skip James Holm may hold the world record for combat flight hours: 1,172. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1992 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He logged his combat hours flying F-105s and F-4s in the Vietnam War. After three tours of duty in Vietnam, he [...]

Seymour “Si” Robin

Seymour “Si” Robin | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Seymour "Si" Robin Year Inducted: 2016 Seymour "Si" Robin has lifelong accomplishments as the leading designer of antennas for commercial, business and military airborne applications used on nearly every aircraft in the world. With many inventions and patents, Robin is an aviation innovator having made historic contributions to the industry. As CEO and executive vice [...]

Mike Melvill

Mike Melvill | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Mike Melvill Year Inducted: 2018 Michael Winston "Mike" Melvill is one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne, the experimental spaceplane developed by Scaled Composites. Melvill piloted SpaceShipOne on its first flight past the edge of space - the first privately funded human spaceflight mission to reach space, on June 21, 2004 - thus becoming the [...]

Jim Brooks

Jim Brooks | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Jim Brooks Year Inducted: 2016 Maj. James L. Brooks entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 learning to fly a Fairchild PT-19. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant and in April 1944, and began his combat tour in Europe. There he flew the P-51B Mustang escorting heavy bombers, B-24s and B-17s in the Balkans and [...]

Iris Cummings Critchell

Iris Commings Critchell | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Iris Cummings Critchell Year Inducted: 2015 An Olympic swimmer in the 1936 Games in Berlin, Iris Cummings Critchell’s aviation career took off during World War II when she became a member of the second class of WASP pilots to be recruited by Jacqueline Cochran. Critchell was assigned to a ferry unit at Long Beach, CA, [...]

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Frank Robinson Year Inducted: 2014 Frank Robinson was the youngest of four children. He grew up during the depression and as a young man, he worked his way through college focusing his education on helicopter design. In 1957, he earned a BSME degree from the University of Washington and later attended graduate school at the [...]

Dr. Buzz Aldrin

Dr. Buzz Aldrin | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Dr. Buzz Aldrin Year Inducted: 2014 Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Dr. Buzz Aldrin graduated third in his class at the US Military Academy at West Point, with a BS in mechanical engineering. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo XI moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot [...]

Dick Rutan

Dick Rutan | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Dick Rutan Year Inducted: 2018 Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with co-pilot Jeana Yeager. During the Vietnam War, Rutan was one of the founding members of the "Mistys" of Operation Commando Sabre, pioneering the use of tactical jets as a "FastFAC" (Fast Forward Air Controller) for the FAC(A), [...]

Col. Fitzhugh “Fitz” L. Fulton, Jr

Col. Fitzhugh Fitz L. Fulton, Jr. | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Col. Fitzhugh "Fitz" L. Fulton, Jr Year Inducted: 2015 Col. Fitzhugh "Fitz" L. Fulton, Jr. enjoyed a 40-year career in aviation that would be literally impossible to duplicate today. He flew 235 different types of airplanes and was an experimental test pilot for the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and Scaled Composites, experiencing every generation of [...]