National Aviation Hall of Fame

National Aviation Hall of Fame gains sponsors

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Hartzell Propeller Inc. and Hartzell Industries will be the co-presenters of the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s (NAHF’s) 53rd annual enshrinement dinner and ceremony, according to a NAHF announcement.

The black-tie gala will take place Friday, Oct. 2 in the NAHF Learning Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force. Former news anchor and talk show host David Hartman is the emcee.

United by shared heritage, the separate ownership teams of these companies are pleased to join together to celebrate this year’s class of excellent inductees, the announcement said.

The late Robert N. Hartzell, one of four inductees in the NAHF Class of  2015, founded Hartzell Propeller in 1917. The company was sold by the Hartzell family to a Fortune 500 company in 1981. Since 1987, Hartzell Propeller Inc. has been owned and operated by the Brown family.

Hartzell Industries was founded in 1875 and is currently a family-owned trio of companies: Hartzell Air Movement, Hartzell Hardwoods, and Hartzell Veneer Products.

The two organizations lead a growing roster of corporate sponsors. Previously committed sponsors include United Airlines, GE Aviation, L3 Communications, Universal Weather, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Among local sponsors are Dayton International Airport and Dayton History.

NAHF officials said they will announce others in the coming months.

The ceremony attracts sponsors for a variety of reasons, such as exposure to the mix of participating aviation legends and aerospace industry leaders, said NAHF Enshrinement Director Ron Kaplan. Sponsors and their guest enjoy such perks as access to a VIP photo reception in the NAHF’s interactive learning center and premium seats at the spectacularly staged ceremony in the Air Force Museum’s Modern Flight Gallery.

This year’s inductees will join the roster of 225 men and women pioneers so honored since the NAHF’s founding in 1962.  Here are the four to be enshrined:

Brig. Gen Robert L. Cardenas, USAF (Ret)—WW II B-24 combat pilot, test pilot for record-breaking X-plane programs, Southeast Asia fighter-bomber wing commander, and Air Force Special Ops pioneer.

The late Robert N. Hartzell—Early manufacturer of wooden aircraft propellers, later designing lightweight, controllable metal propellers that helped develop the general aviation industry.

Eugene “Gene” Kranz—Air Force fighter pilot, aeronautical engineer, and 37-year veteran of spaceflight operations at NASA, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Shuttle mission programs.

The late Abe Silverstein—NACA aerodynamicist in WWII and early supersonic aircraft development, later credited at NASA as the architect of the U.S. space program and “The Father of Apollo.”

The NAHF is a congressionally-chartered, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a NAHA partner. Its mission is to honor aerospace pioneers to inspire future leaders. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve seats today, call (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 or visit