Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame

Kansas Aviation Honors Award

See Past Hall Of Fame and Aviation Honor Award Recipients Below

The Kansas Aviation Museum will be accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame for 2018. Please check back soon. Contact Tim Bonnell if you have any questions at timbonnell@kansasaviationmuseum.org

Each year, a selection committee considers individuals to be recognized for selection to either the Kansas Aviation Honor Award or the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame.Hall of Fame

Kansas Aviation Honor Award

The Kansas Aviation Honor Award was created to preserve the memory of outstanding aviation contributions by citizens of the State of Kansas. The intent of this award is to recognize and record for future generations the many individual efforts that have been made in the pioneering, growth and development of aviation and space exploration in Kansas.

Hall of Fame

The Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame was created to preserve the memory of extraordinary citizens of Kansas who have made contributions to aviation of statewide or national significance. Additionally, any Kansan inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame will automatically be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame.


The nominee’s service or achievement in aviation may have been accomplished in Kansas, nationally or worldwide and the nominee must either be a native Kansan or have performed significant portions of his/her aviation-related work while a resident of Kansas.

Nominations may be made by any aviation organization, firm and/or individual who is knowledgeable about the nominee’s achievements.

Hall of Fame administrators will publicize the awards, invite nominations and provide the necessary forms.

Nomination Format

1. Nominations must describe the candidate’s achievements, typewritten, double-spaced on three (3) pages or fewer, and attached to the nomination form (available upon request – please call the Kansas Aviation Museum).
2. Nominations must be received by Hall of Fame administrators not later than July 1st each year, at the following address:

Kansas Aviation Museum
3350 S. George Washington Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67210

3. Hall of Fame administrators will present only nominations that are in compliance with official nomination guidelines to the selection committee for its consideration.
4. Nominations will be considered only for the year that they are submitted.
5. Announcement of selected nominee/s will be available beginning August 1st of each year.

Selection Process

1. The selection committee will consist of at least six persons. Hall of Fame administrators will invite individuals from various aviation organizations to serve on the selection committee. Such organizations may include but are not restricted to the Kansas Aviation Museum, the Kansas Aviation Advisory Committee, the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education.
2. Total number of award recipients will not exceed three (3) per year.
3. Selection requires a simple majority of votes from voting members present. A tie vote results in non-selection due to failure to attain a simple majority.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact:

Tim Bonnell
Kansas Aviation Museum
3350 S. George Washington Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67210

Tel: (316) 683-9242
Fax: (316) 683-0573
Email: timbonnell@kansasaviationmuseum.org

Kansas Aviation Honor Award – Hall of Fame Recipients by Year Inducted

Olive Ann Beech

Walter H. Beech
William Wells

Fred E. Hedrick
Amelia Earhart

Clyde V. Cessna

Dwane Wallace
Charles H. Blosser
William P. Lear
Ronald E. Evans

Julius Earl Schaefer
Theodore A. Wells
Lloyd C. Stearman

Max Bleck
Maj. Gen. Joe Engle

Harold ‘Hal’ Dick

Russell W. Meyer, Jr.

Albin Kasper Longren
Steven A. Hawley Ph.D

Lionel D. Alford

Emil “Matty” Laird

James D. Eastman

William “Bill” Snook
Gary M. Anderson

Martin and Osa Johnson
Charles M. Siebel

Herbert “Herb” Rawdon

James Jabara
Robert L. Sieker
Harold Krier
Al Mooney

Jacob M. “Jake” Mollendick

Mort Brown

J. Norman Colvin

Donald C. Flower

Mildred Darlene Tuttle Axton
Kenneth Stanley Collins, Sr.
Alvin M. “Tex” Johnston
Clay Lacy

Gary Burrell
Min Kao

Joyce Case James
Bombardier Learjet

Paul Bowen
Dale Felix
William Reals, M.D.

Charlie Johnson