The Experimental Aircraft Association will recognize the contributions made to the world of flight by five people as they will be inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame on November 9 during a ceremony at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The five inductees represent a spectrum of aviation within the EAA community and have achieved notable successes within their particular realm of flight:

  • EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame: Rob Hickman of Canby, Oregon
  • International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame: Frank Christensen of Wilson, Wyoming
  • Warbirds of America Hall of Fame: Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson of Auburn, California
  • EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame: Mary Jones of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame: Jim Moss (posthumous)

The EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community. Those inducted into the hall of fame are selected by their peers for myriad contributions made to their respective areas of aviation.

In addition, Lon Nanke of Oshkosh will receive the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award for his efforts on behalf of EAA and the local community. Nanke, a World War II veteran, has been a longtime EAA Aviation Museum docent and has taken the lead as a volunteer for numerous museum programs.

Tickets for the induction banquet and ceremony are available at



Rob Hickman

Rob Hickman (EAA 424007): Hickman used his own electrical engineering training and homebuilding experience to devise an engine monitoring system, which grew into his Advanced Flight Systems business and eventually, to innovations that brought color-screen technology to homebuilt aircraft as well as control panels that eliminate much of the time-consuming wiring previously needed to build an airplane.

His company has evolved from a dining room-table pastime to a full company that is highly regarded throughout the aviation industry.

Jim Moss


Jim Moss (EAA 477508 – posthumous): The Indiana native and longtime resident of Buckley, Washington, became known for his re-creations of historic aircraft as well as innovative creations that involved legendary airframes. Beginning with the MG-2 radial engine biplane, Moss quickly became renowned for projects such as the precise replica of the 1931 Laird/Doolittle Super Solution and the Gee Bee Q.E.D.

Moss died in January 2015.

Frank Christensen


Frank Christensen (EAA Lifetime 36663): Christensen changed both the aerobatic and kit aircraft communities in 1977 with the introduction of the Christen Eagle, a fully aerobatic biplane that also set the gold standard for homebuilt aircraft kits. The Christen Eagles became famous as the aircraft used by the legendary Eagles Aerobatic Team in its air show performances for 25 years.

Christensen was also an outstanding aerobatic competition pilot, winning the Advanced category title at the 1969 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Mary Jones


Mary Jones (EAA 224626): Jones was an advocate for the ultralight and light aircraft communities over her more than 30-year career with EAA’s publications. As editor of EAA publications such as Sport Aviation and Experimenter, Jones was able to convey the excitement and joy of “low and slow” flying that was fun and affordable for thousands of aviation enthusiasts.

Her efforts as part of the team focused on a solution to the “fat ultralight” issue, through the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), helped to establish and clarify today’s sport-pilot regulations.

Bud Anderson


Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson (EAA 563333): Anderson is one of World War II’s legendary aces with the famed 357th Fighter Group in England, scoring 16-¼ air combat victories over more than 100 missions. He later became a test pilot and chief of flight test operations at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Anderson also commanded an F-105 fighter wing during the Vietnam War before retiring from active duty in 1972.

Anderson has also been a longtime volunteer with the EAA Warbirds of America, annually sharing his flight experiences with large audiences during the Warbirds in Review sessions at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.



1993: Paul Poberezny, S.J. “Steve” Wittman, George Bogardus

1994: Bernie Pietenpol, Bob Burbick, Ray Stits

1995: Tony Bingelis, Molt Taylor, John Thorp

1996: Sam Burgess, Nick D’Apuzzo, Ed Heath, Volmer Jensen

1997: Ladislao Pazmany, William Ghan, Harold Best-Devereux

1998: Curtis Pitts, Burt Rutan, Bill Warwick

1999: Henri Mignet, Richard Van Grunsven, Chris Heintz

2000: Jean Delemontez, Leslie Long

2001: John Monnett

2002: Jack Cox, Ken Brock

2003: William Chana

2004: Bob Whittier, Pete Bowers

2005: Robert Bushby

2006: Edgar Lesher, B.J. Schramm

2007: Randy Schlitter

2008: John W. Dyke

2009: Lance A. Neibauer

2010: Dean Wilson

2011: Ed Fisher

2012: Wes Schmid

2013: Phillip J. Lockwood

2014: George Pereira

2015: Tom Hamilton

2016: Jim Bede

2017: Rob Hickman


1987: Jose Luis Aresti, Duane Cole, Curtis Pitts, Frank Price

1988: Marion Cole, Mike Murphy, Betty Skelton

1989: Robert L. Heuer, Beverly Howard, Harold Krier

1990: Lincoln Beachey, Bob Herendeen, Charlie Hillard, Art Scholl

1991: Leo Loudenslager, Mary Gaffaney

1993: Neil Williams, Clint McHenry

1998: Bill Barber, Rodney Jocelyn, Tex Rankin, Harold Neumann, Tom Poberezny

1999: Henry Haigh

2000: Gene Beggs

2001: Mike Heuer

2002: Bill Thomas, Bob Davis

2003: Don Taylor

2004: Betty Stewart, Dorothy Hester

2005: Patty Wagstaff

2006: Gene Soucy

2007: Debby Rihn-Harvey, Bill Kershner

2008: William B. “Bill” Finagin

2009: Robert A. “Bob” Hoover

2010: Jimmy Franklin

2011: Tony LeVier

2012: Giles Henderson

2013: William Joseph “Bill” Adams

2014: Sammy Mason

2015: Sean D. Tucker

2016: Robert Armstrong

2017: Frank Christensen


1993: E.E. “Buck” Hilbert, George York

1995: Cole Palen, Kelly Viets, Joe Juptner

1997: Paul Poberezny, Ann Pellegreno, Jim Younkin, Harold Armstrong

1999: Gene Chase, Edward C. Wegner, Tom Flock

2000: Jack Cox

2001: Dr. Roy Wicker, Ted Koston

2002: John M. Miller

2003: Al Kelch, Nick Rezich

2004: Espie “Butch” Joyce

2005: Richard Knutson, Charlie Nelson

2006: Charles W. Harris

2007: Chet Peek

2008: Bill Pancake

2009: Stephen Pitcairn

2010: Morton Lester

2011: John W. Underwood

2012: Clyde Smith Jr.

2013: Susan Dusenbury

2014: Timothy Talen

2015: Dale “Gus” Gustafson

2016: Phil Coulson

2017: Jim Moss


1995: Paul Poberezny, Walt Ohlrich, John Baugh, Bill Harrison, Jerry Walbrun

1996: Dick Dieter, Charlie Nogle

1997: Sue Parish, Rudy Frasca, Jeff Ethell

1998: John Ellis, Randy Sohn

1999: William Dodds, Richard Ervin

2000: Dave Schlingman

2001: Lincoln Dexter, Edward Maloney

2002: Frank C. Sanders

2003: Chuck Doyle, Lloyd Parker Nolen

2004: Howard Pardue

2005: Kermit Weeks, Steve Hinton

2006: Jack Harrington, Daryl Lenz

2007: Wilson “Connie” Edwards

2008: Connie Bowlin

2009: George H. Baker

2010: Harold D. “Hal” Weekley

2011: David B. Lindsay Jr.

2012: Preston (Pete) Parish

2013: Lee Lauderback

2014: Jay Wisler

2015: Nelson Ezell

2016: Doug Champlin

2017: Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson


1999: Homer Kolb, John Moody, Chuck Slusarczyk

2000: Boris Popov, Wayne Ison

2001: Mike Sacrey

2002: John Chotia, Tom Peghiny

2003: Mike Jacober

2004: Klaus Hill, Bert Howland

2005: Larry Mauro

2006: Bob Lovejoy, Volmer Jensen

2007: Mike Markowski

2008: Mike Loehle

2009: Roy Pinner

2010: John Ballantyne

2011: Jack McCornack

2012: Taras Kiceniuk Jr.

2013: Frank Beagle

2014: Lowell Farrand

2015: Leonard Milholland

2016: Tracy Knauss

2017: Mary Jones

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