Enshrined November 3, 2012
Beginning at an early age, Morris Ray soloed in 1953 at the age of 16. By age 18 he was a certified flight instructor and continued instructing while in medical school from 1959-1962. While serving his country in the U.S. Army, Dr. Ray was a flight surgeon flying medical missions leading to his career in medicine. He was also a flight instructor in the Army at Ft. Knox, KY and Ft. Richardson, AK. His lifelong passion for aviation has touched the lives of aviators across the world. Ray combined his talents as an aviator and doctor through his dedicated efforts with the Federal Aviation Administration on aviation medical and neurological issues, providing expert witness knowledge for the FAA. The aviation community and pilots across the United States have reaped the benefits of his valuable research focusing on the effects of flight and the neurological systems of the human body. Dr. Ray holds a ground level, unrestricted aerobatic competency waiver and has competed and performed as an airshow pilot with the Aeroshell T-6 Aerobatic team. A founding member of the Gold T-6 Aerobatic team, he performed at airshows across the country. In 1996, he performed at the OshKosh Airventure Airshow in a TBM-3. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2004, and Flight Instructor of the Year 2005 and 2008. He continues his dedication to aviation as a Formation and Safety Training Specialist, Instructor and Check Pilot for the Commemorative Air Force, Designated Pilot Examiner for the Memphis Flight Service District Office and Chief Flight Instructor at Downtown Aviation in Memphis, TN. His lifelong support of aviation as a pilot, instructor and physician has provided valuable research for aviation and safety training to countless aviators. He has more than 11,400 hours of flight time in many aircraft types and continues his devotion to aviation. Dr. Morris Ray’s service to his country, to the advancement of medicine within the field of aviation and his extraordinary contributions to aviation have influenced and shaped flight safety for Tennessee and far beyond.
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