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Hall of Fame Induction Celebration - Saturday November 5th

Hall of Fame Induction Celebration - Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Join us on Saturday, November 5th, as we honor the accomplishments of famed air and space pioneers. They are the innovators, the scientists, the aviators, the engineers, and the explorers who positively influenced the technologies we now take for granted. They made a difference in the lives of others and are the examples for our future generations to emulate. Don't miss this evening of a lifetime!

Class of 2011:

Jerry Coleman - San Diego legend and one of only a few major league baseball stars to serve in both World War II and the Korean War. Marine Corps combat pilot and awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for his extraordinary airmanship. Second baseman and six-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees. Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster for the San Diego Padres. He is known and loved in the San Diego community. 

Walter CunninghamMarine Corps pilot and Astronaut. Crewmember of the first manned Apollo mission- Apollo 7. He served as chief of the NASA Skylab Astronaut Office, overseeing 56 major scientific experiments. He is the author of the book The All American Boys, which chronicles the human side of the American space program.  

Bill Gibbs - He is a living legend of aviation. He established what is now known as Montgomery Field and the Gibbs Aircraft Service Center. His aviation career began in 1931 and has continued ever since. He worked for the famous Ryan Aviation School training Army pilots during WWII. His philanthropy through the Bill Gibbs Scholarship Endowment Fund has helped numerous students attend universities and pursue careers in aviation and science. 

Dr. Irwin Jacobs - San Diego businessman, innovative computer engineer, entrepreneur, educator, and a noted local and international philanthropist. Dr. Jacobs and his team at Linkabit developed a coding scheme used by NASA for deep space probes, which is still in use today, and developed variable-aperture satellites (VSAT). Dr. Jacobs is one of San Diego’s leading statesmen and his company, Qualcomm, changed the way people communicate. 

James Raisbeck - Entrepreneur, businessman, and aviation innovator. He served as a research aerodynamicist at the Boeing Airplane Company and President and Chief Engineer of Robertson Aircraft Corporation before starting his own company, Raisbeck Engineering Inc., which after 9/11 designed hardened cockpit security doors for American commercial aircraft. 

Dick Rutan - An accomplished Air Force pilot and Vietnam Veteran with over 325 combat missions and five Distinguished Flying Crosses, world record holder. He founded Voyager Aircraft Inc. and piloted the Voyager aircraft on a non-stop flight around the world, and also set a world record in the EZ-Rocket for the longest distance in a ground-launched rocket powered aircraft. 

Tom Poberezny - He served as president of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), which was founded by his father,  Paul Poberezny. A world-class air show performer, he epitomizes the spirit of grassroots aviation in America. He was instrumental in the creation of the EAA Young Eagles program that encourages youth involvement in aviation. 

Naval Aviation - With the simple stroke of a pen on May 11, 1911, a keen-minded Navy captain named Washington Chambers launched Naval Aviation in the United States by procuring the first two Navy airplanes. San Diego’s role in his decision was pivotal. The Navy’s first aviator, Theodore G. Ellyson, had attended the Glenn Curtiss flying school on North Island. Since then, the United States Navy has evolved into the most sophisticated and modern Naval Air Force in the world, always on point defending the nation. 

TOPGUN - The United States Navy Strike Fighter Weapons Program, known as TOPGUN, is the modern day evolution of the Navy Fighter Weapons School established on March 3, 1969 at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. It has been providing advance tactical training to Navy and Marine Corps pilots for 42 years. 

Meet these legends of air and space for an evening of extraordinary recognition and fun, as you're provided a personally experiential peek into each honoree's life.

Time: 5:00 pm - VIP (meet the honorees) Reception
6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:00 pm - Program

Location: San Diego Air & Space Museum Pavilion of Flight

Attire: Black tie optional

Celebration Pricing:

VIP Reception and Dinner (Per Seat) - $375
Reception and Dinner (Per Seat) - $275
VIP Reception and Dinner (Table of 10) - $3750
Reception and Dinner (Table of 10) - $2750

Partnerships & Additional Information:

For partnership and additional information please contact Becky Conrad at 619.234.8291 x102 or email her at bconrad@sdasm.org.

Event Sponsors

The Museum would like to Thank the following sponsors for making this event possible.

Culinary Concepts

Signature Flight Support


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