The 17th Annual RI Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is Approaching Fast!

Tickets | Directions | Honorees

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This year’s Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Center, 2115 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905 (click for map).

Cocktail hour (cash bar) began at 5:30, dinner @ 6:30, with ceremony to follow.

Tickets are $60 per person, $440 for a table of eight, and $500 for a table of ten, and can be purchased online or by mail (send check to RIAHOF, PO Box 845, N. Kingstown, RI 02982) before Nov. 15.

In addition to the ceremony, prices include a printed program with full biographies of all honorees, hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour (cash bar), buffet-style dinner (chicken, beef, vegetables, potatoes), dessert and coffee.

See below for a full list of this year’s honorees.

Directions

From Providence and points north:
Take I-95 South and/or Route 10 South.

From Route 10
, turn left at the last exit onto Park Avenue (RI 12).
Continue 3.7 miles, crossing Rte. 1A/117 (Warwick Avenue).
Turn right on Broad Street; continue one half mile, then turn right on Rhodes Place.
The hall is the building on your LEFT.
From I-95, take Exit 16 for Route 10 toward Cranston and continue as above.
From points east:
Take I-195 to I-95 South and continue as above.
From Westerly and points south:
From I-95 North, take Exit 16 for Route 10 toward Cranston.
Keep right at the fork, and follow signs for U.S. 1/Elmwood Avenue.
Keep right at the next fork, follow signs for Elmwood Ave/Park Ave and merge onto US 1 S/Elmwood Ave.
Then turn left on Park Avenue (RI 12), right on Broad and continue as above.
Ample on-site parking is available.

Honorees

Special Award to Thomas Prinster (1945-2018) and Lyle Hogg, who saved 11 lives on February 21, 1982 by successfully crash landing their burning commuter plane on the frozen Scituate Reservoir.

In addition to Thomas Prinster and Lye Hogg, we will recognize the following individuals:

  • Theose Tillinghast; WWI pilot, escaped POW, president of United Aircraft Services Corp.
  • John Crouchley, WWII B-24 pilot, KIA over Bulgaria in 1944. He stayed at the controls of a wounded bomber so that his 9 crew members could bail out.
  • COL Ted Crouchley USAF (Ret), John’s brother, also a WWII B-24 pilot, participated in the first US raid on a target in Europe. He went on to serve 30 years in the Air Force, mostly with Strategic Air Command.
  • Eunice Oates, a WWII Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP).
  • CW5 Thomas Magnan USA (Ret), Vietnam helicopter pilot with more than 20,000 flight hours.
  • Frederick Prince, member of a prominent Newport family who served in the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI.
  • COL Paul L. Smith, USA (Ret), first CO (1939) of the 152nd Observation Squadron, first official aviation unit of the RI National Guard.
  • LT Sidney Amylon, a B-24 pilot whose unit specialized in bombing bridges in Burma and China.

We hope you can join us!

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