SAAHOF 2016 Honorees

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2016 Event Honorees Highlights

  • Cindy Cole Chal, Dick Cole and Theodore Johnson on N500LN on 1 April 2016
  • Connie Harrison, James Bynum, Lt. Col. Sinkfield (Ret) and Theodore Johnson
  • Dick Cole on Howard 500 N500LN on 1 April 2016
  • Hon. Jose Antonio Larios, Lt.Col.Cole (Ret), and Cindy Cole Chal
  • James Bynum, Connie Harrison, and Theodore Johnson
  • James Bynum, Theodore Johnson, and Lt. Col. Rick Sinkfield (Ret)
  • Lt. Col. Richard E.Cole (Ret)
  • Lt. Col. Sinkfield (Ret) and James Bynum
  • Lt. Col. Sinkfield (Ret), Jaime Pacheco, and Eugene Derricotte
  • Tuskegee Airmen-James Bynum (L) and Theodore Johnson (R)
  • Wayne Fagan, Lt. Col. Cole (Ret) and Thomas M. McNish

Military Aviation

Maj. Gen.Benjamin Foulois

San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston was chosen as the site for the Army’s early aviation efforts when Lt. Benjamin Foulois and a small group of enlisted men were ordered there in 1910. They brought with them a Wright Brothers’ Flyer, which was designated Army Signal Corps Aero plane #1, and began flying it from the north end of Cavalry Post parade ground in March of that year”. More specifically, the first flight was on 2 March 1910. More about Benjamin Foulois.


Military Aviation

Air Education and Training Command

Air Education and Training Command. "The First Command," AETC is responsible for recruiting, technical training, flying training, and the continuing education of each generation of Airmen and is headquartered at Randolph AFB. More about AETC.


Civil and Military Aviation

Eddie, Katherine & Marjorie Stinson

It all goes back to the year 1915, when three siblings and two passions all came together to create the Stinson School of Flying. The people were Marjorie, Katherine and Eddie Stinson. More about the Stinsons and Stinson Field.


Aviation and Aerospace

Southwest Research Institute

From designing fuels for prop planes and jet engines to developing systems and components that go to Mars and beyond, engineers and scientists at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI®) have been an integral part of the San Antonio aviation and aerospace landscape since it was founded on the outskirts of San Antonio in 1947. More about SwRI.


Civil Aviation

Durrell U. ”Dee” Howard

Dee Howard was a respected inventor and legendary in the aviation industry for his many creative accomplishments. Dee had over forty US and foreign patents issued in his name for both aviation and automotive products and the aviation companies which he founded and which bore his name held more than two hundred FAA Supplemental Types Certificates (STCs) and Type Certificate (TC). Dee’s aviation career spanned the birth and development of business aircraft in the post-World War II era. He is internationally recognized and honored for advancing the state of the art in business aircraft with numerous performance improvements, such as jet engine thrust reversers and refinements in aircraft flight characteristics. More about Dee Howard.


Civil Aviation

Edward “Ed” James Swearingen

Ed was an internationally known leader in the identification, design, development, and manufacturing of precedent-setting aircraft programs. He founded his own company, Swearingen Aircraft, primarily as a consulting firm, and helped design many other companies' aircraft. He then began to design and manufacture his own planes. He designed 30 airplane programs, with the SJ30, a high-performing and affordable twin-engine jet being the 30th. Before his death he was working on his 31st airplane design.Awards along the way include the Aviation Safety Award from the FAA in 1962. In 1974 he received the highest award of the National Business Aircraft Association. Later he was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and honored as a "Living Legend of Aviation." More about Ed Swearingen.


Aviation Education

Joseph A. Wilson

Community and Government Relations. Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions (retired in 2015). Former Chair of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Committee. Past Chair of San Antonio Manufacturers Association(SAMA).Joe had a leading role in creating and growing San Antonio's aviation education pipeline through the establishment of Alamo Academies and, in the process, ensuring that our history of aviation excellence will continue into its second century.


Aviation Education

Richard Fessler

Chairman of Hallmark University. Co-founder of Hallmark Aero-Tech in 1969 at Stinson Field, San Antonio’s first school for aviation technicians, now a part of Hallmark University and known as Hallmark College of Aeronautics with the aviation campus at San Antonio International Airport and is now Texas’ largest aviation technician school today. Co-founder of Hallmark Jet Center, now known as Million Air in San Antonio. Licensed A&P mechanic and commercial rated pilot. Past chair and member of national and state college associations and accrediting commissions.

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