National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

Robert N. Hartzell

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has selected four notable figures into its 2015 class, who will be formally enshrined next October at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

The inductees include Robert N. Hartzell, Abe Silverstein, Eugene "Gene" Kranz, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas (retired).

Hartzell is one of two inductees being honored posthumously, along with Abe Silverstein, who is credited as an architect of the American space program. Another veteran of that program, Eugene "Gene" Kranz, flew fighters in Korea and served as a U.S. Air Force flight test engineer before joining NASA as flight director of the Apollo program. U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas is a noted World War II B-24 commander and test pilot.

Hartzell, who was a neighbor of Orville Wright, began making wooden propellers for the Wrights in 1917, and also provided propellers used on Liberty aircraft in World War I. The company continues today as a leading propeller manufacturer.

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