Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame
On April 19, 1989, Governor Joe Frank Harris signed a bill authorizing the creation of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame (GAHF). Since then GAHF has been in continuous operation and is housed in the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), in Warner Robins.
GAHF eligibility is based on contributions to the advancement of aviation or manned space flight, including
Among the inductees are Eugene Bullard, the African American pilot who became an ace for the French Air Service in World War I (1917-18); aviation pioneer Ben Epps Sr. and his son Ben Epps Jr; General Robert Scott, an ace during World War II (1941-45) and the author of God Is My Co-Pilot; Eddie V. Rickenbacker, renowned World War I ace and commercial
In 1999 the Georgia legislature enacted a law making GAHF the official repository for documents associated with aviation history in the state. In 2000 the GAHF board created the Chairman's Award, presented annually to a person who has made distinguished contributions to the Museum of Aviation, GAHF, Robins AFB, or the local community. The inaugural recipient was state legislator Denmark Groover.
Walter J. Knapp, "Pat Epps: Heir to Georgia's Aviation History," The Auto Pilot (March/April 2004): 38-45.
William P. Head, United States Air Force
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