The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame is proud to announce its Class of 2018 Inductees. These extraordinary individuals will be enshrined on November 3rd, 2018 at the Annual TAHF Gala and Inductions Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Murfreesboro.


LTC Cecil H. Brunson USAF (Ret.) of Memphis

Memphis native, Brunson was commissioned through Air Force ROTC, became a Weapons System Officer in the F-4 Phanton II. He was forced to eject from an F-4E over North Viet Nam and became a POW. Following his active duty he joined the Tennessee Air National Guard at Memphis flying C-130 with the 164th Tactical Airlift Group. Col. Brunson earned the Silver Star for gallantry.

Dr. Catherine E. Cavagnaro of Sewanee

Dr. Cavagnaro was named the FAA’s National Safety Team Representative of the Year in February. She is widely known as an expert on spin training, recovery and avoidance; has served as a test pilot, spin demonstration pilot, researcher, and visiting professor of aviation systems at UTSI, is an author, speaker and FAA pilot examiner.

LTC Billy W. Cox, ARMY (Ret.) of Christiana

Billy Cox was one of MTSU’s most beloved and dedicated Aerospace Department professors. He was selected to develop the MTSU Aviation Maintenance Management program that earned FAA Part 147 approval. Col. Cox retired from service in the USAF prior to joining the faculty at MTSU.

Sue McPherson of Hendersonville

As a teacher at Hendersonville High School, Sue McPherson introduced countless youngsters to aviation and aerospace. She is a pilot and served for many years on the Sumner County Regional Airport Authority. Now retired, Ms. McPherson volunteers at the Sattler Foundation’s Aerospace Education Summer Camps at Lebanon Airport.

Ruth & Ferris Thomas (Posthumously) of Maryville

Ruth Thomas was the first female Air Traffic Controller in the nation and Chartered the Tennessee Chapter of the 99’s. Ferris served in the USAF and started the first flight training school at TYS.

For further information contact:

Bob Minter

(615) 452-3696