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National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces Several Honors at NBAA2009
NBAA Recognized With Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award
October 22, 2009, Orlando, FL – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) presented its 2009 Combs Gates Award to Sarah Byrn Rickman during NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) this week. During the Combs Gates Award ceremonies, NAHF Executive Director Ron Kaplan also announced that his organization would honor both NBAA and business aviation pioneer Clay Lacy at Hall of Fame induction ceremonies to be held July 17, 2010, at the Dayton, OH Convention Center.
The Combs Gates Award is presented annually at the NBAA Convention to an individual or group for promoting or preserving America's air and space heritage. Rickman, the author of a series of books documenting the contributions of women volunteer pilots during World War II, received a $20,000 cash prize for highlighting the accomplishments of these female aviators, who are collectively known today as WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots).
NBAA is slated to receive the NAHF's Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award, which is presented annually to a group or organization that has made a significant contribution to America's aviation heritage. "We are honored to have been selected for this award by the National Aviation Hall of Fame," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We look forward to being in Dayton next January, when we can personally express our appreciation for this recognition."
Clay Lacy, a former United Airlines pilot who founded a Los Angeles area business jet charter service, will be among four aviation pioneers to be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010.
Lacy was the original Learjet charter operator who started his aircraft charter and management firm in 1968 by establishing a fixed base operation at California's Van Nuys Airport. Besides being a business aviation entrepreneur, Clay Lacy was an accomplished United Airlines pilot who at one time held a round-the-world speed record.
Born in Wichita, KS, Lacy began flying at age 12, piloted North American F-86 fighter jets while serving in the U.S. Air Force and spent 40 years with United Airlines. Lacy also made numerous flights in a specially outfitted Learjet to shoot footage that was used in movies and TV shows and commercials.
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