7-14-06--Photo by Ty Greenlees--Markey's Audio Visual has created an 80-foot wide cockpit scene for the National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony at the Dayton Convention Center. The set includes a blended projection of a flight simulator scene and flight insturments and will include aviation radio "chatter".
Photo: Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees

12 amazing people who came to Dayton to celebrate aviation hall of famers

The Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony has brought luminaries from the aviation world and beyond to Dayton each year since 1962, even some that one might not expect at a celebration of flight enthusiasts.

With the announcement Thursday that the ceremony will be moved to Fort Worth in 2017, we look back at some of the most interesting characters who have showed up in the region to attend recent ceremonies.

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2001

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, attends the National Aviation Hall of Fame 2003 Pioneers of Flight Homecoming gala Saturday at the Dayton Convention Center.
Photo: Chris Stewart

Known to many as the first man to set foot on the moon, Armstrong was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1979.

Gen. Chuck Yeager 

0722Halloffame-p1 Famous avaition pioneer Gen. Chuck Yeager, left, autographs his book for John Bossart Jr., right, Sandusky, during a reception for the National Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Dayton Convention Center, Saturday. Bossart said that he couldn't pass up making the trip to witness a piece of history in person. Hall of fame inductees include World War II ace Marion Carl, test pilot Joe Engle, World War II ace Robin Olds and Flightsafety International founder Albert Lee Uetschi.
Photo: Aimee Obidzinski

Yeager was the first person to surpass the speed of sound in a test flight in 1947. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973.  

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John Glenn

0722Halloffame-p2 Ohio State Senator John Glenn, left, chats with retired United States Air Force General Larry Skantze, right, during a reception for the National Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Dayton Convention Center, Saturday. Glenn, who is the oldest person to become a space shuttle astronaut, was inducted into the hall of fame in 1976.
Photo: Aimee Obidzinski

Glenn, who died on Dec. 8, was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Glenn was enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1976

2003

Scott Crossfield

7-18-03 -- National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee Scott Crossfield shared a laugh with National Association of State Aviation Officials president Henry Ogrodzinski at the NAHF President's Reception and Dinner on Friday night.
Photo: TY GREENLEES

Crossfield was the first person to exceed Mach 2, in 1953, and to surpass Mach 3, in 1960, and survive. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1983.

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Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford emcees the National Aviation Hall of Fame 2003 Pioneers of Flight Homecoming gala Saturday night at the Dayton Convention Center.
Photo: Chris Stewart

Actor Harrison Ford emceed the 2003 National Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held at the Dayton Convention Center. 

2006

Bob Hoover

Air show legend Bob Hoover is shown in 2005. Hoover, who was once stationed at Wright Field and inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 94. MIKE ULLERY/NATIONAL AVIATION HALL OF FAME
Photo: MIKE ULLERY/NATIONAL AVIATION HA

Hoover, who died Oct. 25, was a world-renowned acrobatic pilot who also served as a fighter pilot during World War II. Hoover was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1988.

2007

Sally Ride

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, is presented a medal symbolizing her induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame by friend and former astronaut Robert Crippen on Saturday. Ride was one of five aviators honored at the event. Staff photo by Dave Munch
Photo: Dave Munch

Ride became the first woman in space in June 1983 abroad STS-7 Challenger. She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007.

2008

Sean D. Tucker

Sean D. Tucker speaks at his induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame at the Dayton Convention Center on Saturday. Staff photo by Dave Munch
Photo: Dave Munch

Tucker is a world-renowned air show performer and opened the Sean D. Tucker School of Aerobatic Flight. The flight school is a world premier precision flight training school focused on safety. Tucker was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2008. 

2009

Eileen Collins 

Eileen Collins stads next to a portait of herself as she has her picture taken. This is a scene from the National Aviation Hall of Fame photo reception. The event was held for aviation figures who are to be enshrined in the organization's hall of fame. The party was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Dayton. Collins commanded STS 114, a space shuttle mission.
Photo: Ron Alvey/Ron Alvey

Collins became an astronaut in 1991. In 1999, she was the first woman to command a space shuttle flight. She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2009.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer (left), poses for a picture with National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Russell W. Meyer Jr. This is a scene from the National Aviation Hall of Fame photo reception. The event was held for aviation figures who are to be enshrined in the organization's hall of fame. The party was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Dayton.
Photo: Ron Alvey/Ron Alvey

Palmer, who died Sept. 25, 2016, was an avid pilot and advocate for aviation by flying to tournaments worldwide. 

Buzz Aldrin

National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Buzz Aldrin chats with four-year-old Wensley Guthrie who is from Texas and came with her family to attend the induction ceremonies. Guthrie is the great, great niece of Laurence Craigie, who is also a Class of 2000 inductee.
Photo: Shannon O'Brien

Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the moon in 1969 and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000.

2015

James A. Lovell 

At the 2015 National Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony Apollo 13 astronaut James A. Lovell received the first Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award. The event was held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell

Lovell was the commander of the Apollo 13 mission. The mission was going to perform the third moon landing, but due to mechanical problems the mission was aborted. Lovell was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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