Enshrined November 11, 2006
Robert A. Wilson served the Air National Guard in Tennessee for over 30 years. His love of flying began at an early age. He soloed an airplane when he was 15 years old and earned his Private Pilots License on his 16th birthday, before he got his drivers license the next day. Bob is an Air Force Command Pilot with over 12,000 hours of flight time in a long list of military and civilian aircraft. During his service to our country with Tennessee’s Air National Guard he served as Aircraft Commander, Flight Commander, 155th Airlift Squadron Commander, Wing Chief of Safety and Director of Operations for the 164th Airlift Wing at Memphis International Airport. Bob Wilson was personally responsible for the installation of the only flight director system ever installed for the C-130A aircraft allowing it to operate with lower weather minimums thereby increasing its military value and efficiency. At TANG-Memphis he was responsible for the flight safety and operations of ten (10) C-130A aircraft and later, nine (9) C-141B & C aircraft. As Director of Operations for the C-141 aircraft conversion he supervised the transition of over 1,200 personnel to a new and demanding mission at Memphis. Wilson is Founder and President of Wilson Air, Inc., a corporate and general aviation fixed base operation at Memphis International Airport, selected in 2005 as the number one FBO in the United States. Wilson Air has recently opened similar facilities at Charlotte International Airport and at Houston’s Hobby Airport. Mr. Wilson is one of three recipients of the Legends in Aviation Award voted on by the local aviation community in Memphis.
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