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, [...]

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 [...]

Col. Bob Gilliland

Col. Bob Gilliland | California Aviation Hall of Fame | Museum of Flying
Col. Bob Gilliland Year Inducted: 2015 Bob Gilliland joined the Navy at age 17, graduated the Naval Academy in 1949, and was commissioned as an Air Force 2nd Lt. After earning pilot wings, he flew F-84 Thunderjets in the Korean War and became a test pilot at Eglin AFB, FL. Gilliland was hired by Lockheed [...]

Burt Rutan

Burt Rutan | California Aviation Hall of Fa
Burt Rutan Year Inducted: 2015 Beginning his illustrious career as a civilian flight test engineer for the U.S. Air Force at Edwards AFB, CA, design impresario Burt Rutan took aeronautical engineering and innovation to levels never before seen. Starting with such revolutionary aircraft as the VariViggen, VariEze, and Long-EZ, Rutan expanded the design envelope with [...]