Col. James R. Haun, USAF

Col. James R. Haun, USAF

(1911-2001) Enshrined September 14, 2002

James R. Haun was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1925, he took his first airplane ride in a Travelair at Chattanooga. He then bought a Waco 9 for $400.00 and rebuilt it. Throughout the late 1930s, Haun flew barnstorming air shows in Tennessee and Arkansas and worked as a flight instructor. In August 1939, Haun was Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant US Army Air Corps Reserve and the next year volunteered for active duty. In 1942, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and later became Commander of the 12th Observation Squadron, and promoted to Captain. In late 1942, Haun went to RAF Membury, UK and was assigned to 12th Fighter Squadron where he flew Spitfires. Later he became C.O. of 100th Fighter Wing, flew Republic P-47s and was promoted to Lt. Colonel. In 1944, Haun’s unit moved to France, where he flew P-51s. He was then transferred to Brussels, Belgium as a Forward Air Controller with an infantry division. In August 1945, Haun transferred to Air Transport Command, flying C-54s in India and was Director of Operations. In 1950 Jim was promoted to Colonel. In 1951, Col. Haun became C.O. of the 1254th Squadron at Washington National Airport, home of Air Force One. He retired from the Air Force in 1964. After retirement, Col. Haun returned to flight instructing in Middle Tennessee. This distinguished American remained involved in aviation until his death in 2001. Learn more about Col. Haun at www.spitfirewingman.com.

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Evelyn Bryan Johnson

Evelyn Bryan Johnson

(1909-2012) Enshrined September 14, 2002

In 1929, Evelyn Bryan Johnson graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College. In 1944, she rode a train from Morristown to Knoxville, took a bus, then walked one mile and finally reached Island Home Airport in a rowboat. That day she took her first flying lesson and she soloed a month later. At age 94, Evelyn Johnson remains an active flight instructor and FAA pilot examiner in Morristown, Tennessee. With more than 57,000 of flying time in her logbook, Evelyn is the highest flight time aviatrix in the world. Among hundreds of honors, she is also enshrined in the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame during its inaugural ceremony in 1997.

“Mama Bird” passed away May 10, 2012 at 102 years of age. God Bless Miss Evelyn!

Evelyn Bryan Johnson was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on July 21, 2007.

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William K. Kershner

William K. Kershner

(1930-2007) Enshrined September 14, 2004

Bill Kershner is an internationally renowned aviation trainer, author, aerobatics and flight instructor and former Naval Aviator. Twenty editions and ninety-three printings of his books and aviation training manuals and have sold more than 1.3 million copies. Among the many awards Kershner has received is the 1992 General Aviation/FAA National Flight Instructor of the Year. He is enshrined in the Flight Instructor’s Hall of Fame. He has also been honored as a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum.

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Frederick W. Smith

Frederick W. Smith

h3>Enshrined September 14, 2002

Fred Smith founded Federal Express, now known as FedEx, in 1971. He is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $20 billion global transportation and logistics holding company. FedEx companies serve 211 countries with operations that include more than 640 aircraft, and about 95,000 vehicles. More than 215,000 employees and independent contractors worldwide handle an average of five million shipments every day. Headquartered in Memphis, FedEx is Tennessee’s largest corporate employer. FedEx operations helped Memphis International Airport become the largest air cargo airport in the world. A leader in regulatory reform, Smith has been an active proponent of global commerce and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world. In 1976, Smith launched an airline deregulation campaign before Congress, the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aeronautics Board to obtain an air-cargo operating certificate for large aircraft.

Fredrick W. Smith was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on July 21, 2007.

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