Each year, we are lucky to have a photographer go around and capture some of the moments that make this event so special!
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As the selection subcommittee reviewed our ever-increasing inventory of candidates, it became apparent that a large number of them were individuals who served with aviation units of the RI Army National Guard (starting with the 152nd Observation Squadron in the late 1930s), or, after 1948, with the RI Air National Guard.
As a result, we decided that acknowledging the contributions of this group would be a multi-year process. Working with the Guard, we have developed a short list of 26 potential Guard honorees (either full induction or special recognition) and that list continues to grow as word of our plan circulates.
BG Christopher Callahan, RI Adjutant General, was Guest of Honor.
Another full house witnessed the induction of three new members and the recognition of the contributions of four other…
2015 awardees have North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Coventry, Warwick, East Greenwich, and Woonsocket connections, and include attendees at Westerly and Woonsocket High Schools, St. Mary’s Academy-Bay View, Providence College and Brown University.
Our Guest of Honor this year was Arizona Congresswoman and retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, a Warwick native and Bay View graduate.
Each year, we use visual displays to tell the story of our honorees. Families will often bring items to complement the display.
The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame inducted three new members (one of whom is deceased), presented a seldom-given President’s Award and recognized the service of three others (also deceased) at a ceremony and dinner held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Cranston on Saturday evening, November 22nd, 2014.
Vice Admiral and career Naval Aviator Walter ‘Ted’ Carter of Pascoag, now Superintendent of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, was guest of honor at the ceremony.
The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame inducted three new members (one of whom is deceased), presented a seldom-given…
Honorees for 2013 included a World War II fighter ace who flew with Chennault in China, a Naval Aviator who rose to leadership positions in three airlines, and a well-known philanthropist who was one of the first female flight instructors in the state.
Informational display board – each inductee gets one
100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation: Awardees have connections to Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Wakefield, Newport, Warwick, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Harrisville and Providence, and include graduates of Pawtucket and Samuel Gorton High Schools, LaSalle Academy and Providence College.
The guest of honor was Newport-born Marine Corps Major William D. Chesarek, the first American to receive Great Britain’s Distinguished Flying Cross since World War II. His exploits involved the daring rescue of a wounded British soldier in Iraq. Queen Elizabeth II presented his award at Buckingham Palace.
Pictures from RIAHOF's tenth annual induction and awards dinner, held Sat. Nov. 17, 2012
From turn-of-the-century pioneers to fighter pilots, RIAHOF honors master aviators from throughout the 20th century.