2011 – General Thomas M. Ryan, USAF (Ret)

General Thomas M. Ryan, Jr. is, without question, one of the foremost Mobility leaders of his generation. He walked the walk as Commander of the Military Airlift Command, leading from the front with impeccable personal integrity, superior selfless service and a tireless commitment to excellence. General Ryan was […]

2003 – Mr. John F. Shea

Mr. John F. Shea was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 1 July 1919. He was graduated from the University of Illinois in 1943 with a bachelor of science degree in management and accounting. He became a member of the University’s Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity and […]

2002 – General Carl A. (Tooey) Spaatz

Born June 28, 1891 in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, Carl Andrew Spaatz (originally Spatz – he added an “a” in 1937) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1914 and was commissioned in the infantry. After a year at Schofield barracks, Hawaii, he entered aviation […]

2001 – Master Sergeant Roy W. Hooe

Master Sergeant Roy W. Hooe was initially inducted into the Airlift/Tanker Hall of Fame in 2001, however, due to the cancellation of the 2001 Airlift/Tanker Association Convention and Symposium caused by the cowardly 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, he was“officially” inducted and […]

2000 – Maj. Gen. Winston P. Wilson

General Wilson served his nation for 42 years after enlisting as an aircraft mechanic in the Arkansas National Guard in 1929. After World War II, he helped found the Arkansas Air National Guard (ANG). In 1950, he was mobilized during the Korean War and assigned to the National […]

1999 – Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Halvorsen served as a C-47/C-54 transport pilot during World War II in the South Atlantic 1944-46. During his volunteer assignment in the Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles), he instituted Operation Little Vittles by dropping small parachutes laden with candy to the children of Berlin, including those in East […]

1998 – Sgt. John L. Levitow

On February 24, 1969, Airman First Class John L. Levitow flew a combat mission as a Loadmaster on patrol over South Vietnam on an AC-47 Dragon gunship. His aircraft was flying a night mission in the area of Tan Son Nhut AB when the Army base at Long […]