The Gala


The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame requests the pleasure of your comany at the...p

15th Annual Enshrinement Gala

Saturday, November 5, 2016 5:30pm

Reception -- Dinner -- Ceremony -- Silent Auction

Black Tie Optional - Paid-in-Advance Reservation Required

Nomination Form

2016 Inductees


Mr. Max L. Burnette of Rockville, TN

Maj. Gen. William Russell Cotney, USAF Ret. of Memphis, TN

Mr. Thomas C. Grubbs Jr., RN,EMT of Lebanon, TN

Mr. Garland W. Pack (1912-1986) of Dickson, TN

Enshrined Members
Bob MInter_75x

Enshrined November 3, 2012

While growing up in Kingsport, Bob Minter built model airplanes and spent endless hours at Tri Cities Airport longing to become a pilot. Following enrollment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Miami, Florida, he soloed a Piper J-3 Cub at Tamiami Airport on October 25, 1960; studied aeronautical engineering, airframe and powerplant technology and earned a Commercial Pilot’s license. Following graduation Bob built flying time as a freelance pilot flying a variety of single and multi-engine aircraft around the country and the Caribbean, worked with a major Cessna dealer and managed a small FBO in South Florida. In 1963, Bob became a corporate pilot based at TRI where he flew a Beechcraft Twin Bonanza and an Aero Commander 720 to destinations nationwide. He later returned to Miami to work for the newly formed Burnside-Ott Aviation Training Center. BATC became the largest civilian flight training organization in the world and during his eight years there Bob served in a variety of management positions. Minter again returned to Tennessee in 1973 to serve during Governor Winfield Dunn’s administration where he became Director of Development & Operations for the TDOT- Bureau of Aeronautics, the agency responsible for the State’s system of 76 public airports. While at the Bureau of Aeronautics, he oversaw the development of airports across Tennessee. After leaving state government, Bob formed his own firm, Bob Minter & Associates and contracted to sell advertising for AOPA PILOT Magazine and was a consultant to other major aviation clients.  AOPA contracted with Minter as the Regional Representative for member services and governmental affairs in the mid-eighties. To date, he has represented AOPA for more than 35 years and is currently employed as AOPA’s Southern Region Manager in eight states in the Southeast. Bob Minter has earned a reputation as a staunch advocate for general aviation and as an accomplished aviation policy strategist, marketing and technical consultant. He has served on numerous aviation technical and advisory groups throughout the Southeast; co-founded the Tennessee Aviation Association and Founded the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2002, The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission awarded Mr. Minter its highest individual honor for his “Career Contributions to Aviation”. Bob Minter has been an AOPA member for more than 51 years; a member of EAA and The Ancient and Secret Society of Quiet Birdmen – TYS Hangar.

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Enshrined November 14, 2009

Jennifer Cairns Baker of Nashville has been a tireless advocate for the aviation maintenance technician for over 30 years. She has unselfishly contributed to the betterment of the profession and to those who have, like her, dedicated themselves and their life’s work to aviation safety. Baker’s aviation career began in 1978 when she was hired as an instructor by a small aviation school in Nashville. She soon became a partner with the school’s owner and traveled extensively for 16 years teaching airframe, powerplant and inspection authorization courses.

In 1994 she bought out her partner and renamed the school the Baker’s School of Aeronautics. The Baker’s School of Aeronautics in Nashville contributes in a meaningful way to Tennessee’s aviation economy and enrolls over 1,100 students each year many of whom travel from more than 125 countries around the world to take courses in Airframe and Powerplant Technology and Aircraft Inspection Authorization. The school also offers courses for Private, Commercial and Instrument Pilot written examinations. J

ennifer Baker serves as Secretary of the Federal Aviation Administration’s National AMT Awards Committee. She is a member of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Technology Center and has served as the “anchor” of Tennessee’s 43-year old Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference Steering Committee for many years. Mrs. Baker was chosen as the FAA’s Tennessee Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year in 1999 and continues to serve as an FAA FAASTeam (Safety) Representative in the Nashville area. J

ennifer Baker played an instrumental advocacy role in 2003 that resulted in the Tennessee General Assembly passing legislation declaring May 24th of each year as “Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.” Since that time, she has held a picnic on that day honoring Tennessee’s Aviation Maintenance professionals.

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Barton BEST

Inducted November 7, 2015

Bill Barton’s first flight instructor was the late Bob Bomar. He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in November 1961. A couple of years later he became a Commercial Pilot while enrolled at Middle Tennessee State College and shortly thereafter became a Certified Flight Instructor. Bill towed gliders for Garland Pack while attending college and for the next year or so flew charters and flight instructed at Tennessee Airmotive in Chattanooga while completing his Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings.

Hired by Braniff International Airways in 1965, Barton spent the next 17 years as a Flight Engineer, First Officer and Captain for the airline. He earned his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate in 1973 and was one of the youngest International airline Captains in the world at that time.

After the Braniff Airways bankruptcy in May of 1982, Bill Barton worked as an Engineering Associate at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma with the T2 Test Cell where an advanced engine was being tested for the F-16 fighter aircraft. He was hired by the University of Tennessee Space Institute – Department of Artificial Intelligence under an FAA/NASA Grant to develop the “airliner cockpit of the next generation” incorporating as much automation as possible.

Mr. Barton worked at International Flight Center in Murfreesboro from 1984 until 1992 where he was Chief Flight Instructor. IFC was the primary flight training contractor for MTSU’s Aerospace Department and in 1988 flew 22,000 student instructional hours with no major accidents.

Bill Barton became an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in November 1990 and between that time and March of 2012 he administered over 5,000 pilot certifications referring to each as a “license to learn”. He has earned a stellar reputation as a widely respected, consummate aviation professional and a tireless “Aviation Ambassador”. Bill Barton’s legacy is the many young pilots he has mentored who are now living their dream.

For extraordinary achievement and service to aviation for Tennessee, our nation and the world, Billy J. Barton is honored by and inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame this 7th day of November 2015.


Enshrined November 13, 2004

Nashvillian John Baugh has served on the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission since first being appointed by Governor Ned McWherter in 1989 and is a former Chairman of the Commission. Mr. Baugh continues his service to Tennessee as a member of the Aeronautics Commission. He is Founder and Past President of Tennessee First Squadron-Warbirds of America.

John has served on the Board of Directors of EAA for 24 years, on the Board of EAA’s Warbirds of America for 22 years and is also a five-term Past President and CO of WBA. He is a past President of the Nashville QB Chapter. John Baugh holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument, single & multi-engine flight instructor ratings, land and sea, helicopter and an FAA ground level aerobatics waiver. He is type rated in the B-17, B-25, P-51 and P-47, having flown 135 different types of aircraft. In 1995 John T. Baugh was Inducted into EAA’s Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2002, the John T. Baugh, Jr. Aviation Excellence Scholarship Fund was established at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation.

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(1891 – 1950) | Enshrined November 12, 2005

An aviation pioneer, Walter Beech was born in Pulaski, Tennessee. He began his legendary career in aviation by building a glider age 14. Walter Beech became a U.S. Army Aviator in 1917 and later joined the Swallow Airplane Company where he became a test pilot and later, General Manager. Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman (all of whom became aviation legends) co-founded the Travel Air Aircraft Company in 1924. The company became the world’s largest producer of monoplane and biplane commercial aircraft and earned international acclaim by establishing numerous performance records. Travel Air Aircraft subsequently merged with the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Company and Walter Beech became its President. In 1932, Walter and his wife Olive Ann founded Beech Aircraft Corporation. Beech airplanes set numerous speed and distance records and the famous Beech Staggerwing won the prestigious Bendix Air Race. During World War II, Beech Aircraft turned its entire production to defense, producing more than 7,400 military aircraft. The Twin-Beech AT-71C-45 was used to train most of the U.S. Army Air Force navigator/bombardier’s and over half of the multi-engine pilots. Now a part of the Raytheon Corporation, Beech Aircraft became and remains a world-renowned corporate and personal aircraft manufacturer. The extraordinary history of Beech Airplanes is preserved and on display in Tullahoma, Tennessee at the Staggerwing Museum Foundation located on the Parish Aerodrome. Walter Beech was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1977.

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Enshrined November 10, 2007

Shelbyville’s “Bomar Field” Airport was literally Bomar’s field for years until it was first leased then purchased by the City of Shelbyville. The airport was built and owned by Bob Bomar; begun while he was home on leave as a Navy Pilot in 1944. Before enlisting in the Navy, Bob Bomar graduated from Cumberland University’s first Civilian Pilot Training Class in 1939. While in the service, Bob flew various Navy fighter aircraft in the European and Pacific theatres. Bomar aspired to an airline career but his entire life has been dedicated to general aviation where he earned a reputation as staunch advocate early in his career.

Governor Frank Clement sought Bomar’s counsel in 1953 that resulted in saving the floundering Tennessee Bureau of Aeronautics. That same year the Governor appointed a five-member Aeronautics Commission to oversee and manage the Bureau. Fifty airports were constructed across Tennessee between 1953 to 1968 while Bob Bomar chaired and served on the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission. From 1968 until 1992 Bob devoted himself to the Shelbyville Airport and upon retirement in 1992, he and his late wife were honored as recipients of Tennessee’s “Career Contributions to Aviation” award.

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 (1906-1976) Enshrined November 1, 2014

Albert Boyd was born in Rankin, Tenn., in 1906. He graduated from high school at Asheville, N.C., in 1924 and attended Biltmore Junior college.

Appointed as aviation cadet in October 1927, Albert Boyd completed his flying training and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Reserve on Feb. 28, 1929. He received his regular commission as a second lieutenant of Air Corps on M ay 2, 1929. He was transferred to Chanute Field, IL, in August 1934 as engineering and operat ions officer and secretary of the Air Corps Technical School and served in Hawaii from 1939-1941.
Joining the Air Service Command in February 1943, General Boyd was assistant control officer at Patterson Field and the following April became chief of the Maintenance Division of the Middletown Air Service Command, Middletown, Pa. Reassigned to Patterson Field in January 1944, he was named special assistant to the commanding general of the Air  Service Command.
In 1944, General Boyd was named chief of the Maintenance Division at Wright Field, Ohio. The following July he was appointed deputy commander of the Eighth Air Force Service Command. Named acting chief of the Flight Test Division there in October 1945, the general became chief of the division the following January, assuming additional duty as an experimental test pilot, retaining that position when the Air Technical Service Command was re-designated the Air Materiel Command.
General Boyd assumed command of Edwards Air Force Base, Air Research and Development Command at Muroc, Calif. in August 1949. He was chiefly responsible for establishing the flight test center and made the selection of Chuck Yeager as the primary X-1 pilot. He became vice commander of the Wright Air Development Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in February 1952, and assumed command that June.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross. He is rated a command pilot, set a speed record of 625 mph in a Shooting Star, a combat observer and aircraft observer with over twenty five thousand hours of flying time.
For his extraordinary and enduring service and his contributions to aviation for Tennessee, our nation and the world, and for his service to our country, General Albert Boyd is honored by and inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame this first day of November 2014.

(1921-2013) Enshrined November 9, 2013

For 74 years, “Preacher” Brandon worked at Memphis International Airport (MEM) where he became the face of Memphis to the corporate world of aviation. Mr. Brandon’s charisma, his smiles and his brand of customer service made him an icon at MEM.

Milton L. Brandon was born February 24, 1921 in Oakland, Tennessee. He graduated from Geeter High School in Shelby County in 1941 where he had been a member of the basketball team. He was united in holy matrimony to Grace Y. Collins in 1963 and became an Ordained Minister in 1965, dedicating his life to his dear wife and the Lord.

“Preacher’s” first full-time job at Memphis Municipal Airport was in 1937 where he sold peanuts and popcorn. During WWII, at the old Clarksdale Airport, he taught airmen how to hand-prop the Stearman airplane engine and he worked at the National Guard PX.

Brandon worked for the FBO, Memphis Aero and its successors, the last being Signature Flight Support. He drove the Courtesy Van and met many famous people including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Michael Jordan and, of course, Elvis. Every pilot that ever met “Preacher” Brandon never forgot him – his eternal optimism, his caring way and love of his Lord and of his fellow man were exemplified through his special gift for encouraging others with his homespun wit and wisdom.

The Memphis Area Aviation Community honored “Preacher” Brandon for his exemplary contributions to the Memphis area in 1998 by inducting him into the Memphis Aviation Legends Hall of Fame. He also received honors from The City of Memphis and the Memphis International Airport.


Enshrined November 10, 2007

Englishman, now long-time Knoxvillian, Stan Brock is recognized by many as the former co-star of the television series Wild Kingdom, but his true legacy will be indelibly cast as the Founder of the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief effort dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health, dental and eye care as well as veterinary, technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world. Brock founded Remote Area Medical in Knoxville in 1985. He and a huge cast of volunteer doctors, nurses, pilots, veterinarians and support workers work without pay as they participate in expeditions to help others, all at their own expense. Stan Brock learned to fly in Georgetown, Guiana many years ago and now has over 8,000 hours of flying time. He is an Air Transport rated pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.

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 (1920 – 1999) | Enshrined November 11, 2006

Pete Campbell first learned to fly at Gill-Dove Field in Martin, Tennessee after serving in an Army Reserve Infantry Unit. He subsequently transfered to the Army Air Force to train as a glider pilot. Campbell entered the Army Air Force Aviation Cadet program in 1943 and became a Commissioned Officer in January 1944. He flew B-24’s in the South Pacific, tallying 56 combat missions with the 380th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force. Pete returned home after the war and opened a small FBO at Union City Airport. In the 50’s he was with the training division of California Eastern Airways contracted to train pilots for the Air Force. Campbell joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 1960 as a field inspector. His assignment to the FAA Academy in 1964 lead to the creation of what is considered to be one of the most beneficial safety programs in FAA history.

Troubled by the dismal safety record of Certified Flight Instructors across the entire nation, Pete Campbell created teams of FAA Flight and Ground Instructors who traveled the entire country implementing what became “Flight Instructor Refresher Courses”, still in place today. Over a period of about seven years and more than 200 courses, training more than 16,000 flight instructors, the accident rate among flight instructors was reduced by more than 50%. In 1971 Pete Campbell created another successful safety initiative by organizing the FAA’s “Accident Prevention Program”. Also part of his continuing legacy, it placed FAA Accident Specialists in each of the nation’s eighty-five General Aviation District Offices, now called FSDO’s.

James W. “Pete” Campbell retired from the FAA in 1980 after serving as Chief of the Nashville Flight Standards District Office. In retirement he continued to write, lecture and teach as a nationally recognized authority on Federal Air Regulations, the National Airspace System and flight training. Pete served as the first Southeast Regional Representative for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and was one of the first three Flight Instructors to be inducted into the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Who We Are



Tennessee's Aviation Hall of Fame is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) public charitable foundation established to recognize, honor and enshrine individuals whose leadership in or for aviation, whether by exceptional service or extraordinary achievement, has made an enduring contribution to aviation for Tennessee, our nation or the world. This organization, its projects and educational programs rely solely upon the financial support of individuals, corporations, foundations, grants and bequests. The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame was designated as the Official State Aviation Hall of Fame by the General Assembly in 2001 and in 2003 as Tennessee's Repository & Archive for Aviation History.

The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Directors selected its first class of Inductees early in 2002 and the Inaugural Induction Ceremony was held on September 14, 2002. Annual ceremonies held thereafter are usually scheduled in early November.

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