Enshrined November 15, 2008
Lincoln County native Reece Howell, III was born November 27, 1936. A ride in his uncle’s Stinson in the early 50’s ignited what became a lifelong passion for aviation. He soloed a Piper Tri-Pacer at Wilkes Airport in Fayetteville in 1954 and has amassed over 33,600 hours as a pilot, flying more than fifty different types of aircraft since that time. Reece Howell’s career in aviation has been devoted to teaching. In 1970 he joined CFW Construction Company as Chief Pilot where he first flew the Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft and to date, more than half of his total hours as a pilot have been in type, much of it as a flight instructor. He has trained pilots in the MU-2 aircraft in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. His pilot training work in Africa has been in support of African Inland Mission Air of Nairobi Kenya, a non-denominational organization that supports mission workers and humanitarian relief in East Africa. Reece also trains pilots for the internationally renowned Samaritans Purse, a Christian organization that operates around the world. He works personally with Reverend Franklin Graham, its Founder and President. Mr. Howell’s flight and ground schools, based in Smyrna, have trained more Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots than anyone in the world. Howell is an aviation entrepreneur. He co-founded Corporate Flight Management, Inc. in 1982. CFM has become one of Tennessee’s most successful aviation organizations providing air charter service, aircraft maintenance and modification, training, aircraft sales and FBO services. He formed Howell Enterprises, Inc. in 1986 specializing in FAA Approved Part 141 initial and recurrent flight and ground training programs for the Mitsubishi MU-2 and the BAE Jetstream 3101 and 3201 aircraft. He and his partners began Wings of Eagles, LLC in 1998, which has become one of the largest FAA Part 141 primary flight training schools in Tennessee. Reece Howell, III has devoted his life and passion for flight and for aviation to helping others. His skill, expertise, kindness, stewardship, mentoring and friendship have launched many careers in aviation and through his work, he has touched lives around the world.
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