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 […]

1997 – Colonel Joe M. Jackson

The special forces camp at Kham Duc, South Vietnam, was tucked away in the central highlands, sixteen kilometers from the Laotian border. After the fall of Camp Lang Vei during the Tet offensive in February 1968, Kham Duc was the only observation camp remaining in I Corps, the […]

1997 – General William G. Moore

General William Grover Moore, Jr. is a renowned aviator, airlifter and combat veteran of three wars. He flew 100 combat bomber missions during WW II and the Korean War. During Vietnam he flew over 140 combat airlift missions. He has commanded at all levels of command, squadron, wing, […]

1996 – Nancy Harkness Love

Nancy Harkness Love was born on February 14, 1914, in Houghton, Michigan. She developed an intense interest in aviation at an early age. Sixteen years old in 1930, she took her first flight and earned her pilot’s license within a month. Later, she would carry this love of […]

1995 – Lt. Gen. Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 31 October 1901. He graduated from the United States Military Academy 12 June 1923, commissioned a second lieutenant of Calvary, and assigned with the Eighth Calvary at Fort Bliss, Texas. In October 1924, he joined the Second Machine Gun Squadron at […]

1994 – Gen. Robert E. “Dutch” Huyser

General Huyser was born June 14,1924, in Paonia, Colorado, where he graduated from Paonia High School. He later attended Oauchita College at Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and Modesto College at Modest, California. He was drafted into the Army in April 1943 and entered the aviation cadet program. In September 1944, […]

1993 – Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker

General Ira C. Eaker began his military career during World War I, retiring thirty years later in 1947. Throughout his life, he was an active advocate of air power. His many accomplishments included pioneering air refueling procedures in the late 1920s. General Eaker’s rescue attempt of the German […]

1991 – Lt. Gen. Harold L. George

Harold Lee George was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, July 19, 1893. While attending George Washington University, Washington D.C., on May 21, 1917, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in the Officers’ Reserve Corps. Entering Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Myer, Virginia he was ordered to active […]