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Canadian Aviation Hall salutes great aviators

hall-of-fame1June 17, 2013, Wetaskiwin, AB, – Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has appointed Canadian astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) Commander, Chris Hadfield, and Mayor of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Bill Elliott, as honorary directors.


June 10, 2013
Melissa Damota

June 17, 2013, Wetaskiwin, AB, – Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has appointed Canadian astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) Commander, Chris Hadfield, and Mayor of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Bill Elliott, as honorary directors.

Hadfield, inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2005, recently returned to Earth after a five-month stay aboard the ISS, where he garnered international acclaim for his use of the internet and social media to focus the world’s attention on the work done at the station.

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Some of Canada's great "innotechers" in the world of aviation
and aerospace from left: Jim Morrison, Rich Gage, Ray Kuliavas,
Vic Bennett, James R. O. McIntyre, Jean Ménard and Ken Dandy.


The Mayor of Wetaskiwin, home of the Hall of Fame, is an ex-officio member of the Hall’s board of directors, and Bill Eliot has been a staunch supporter of the Hall throughout his tenure as Mayor.
Tom Appleton, board chairman of the Hall of Fame, said, “We are indeed fortunate to recognize these two as honorary directors, as they serve our country, and our Hall, tirelessly.”

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The mission of the Hall is to recognize those men and women who, through their actions and careers in aviation, aeronautics, science, management, and operations help make Canada internationally respected, and an inspiration to its youth.

Since the Hall of Fame was created in 1974, just 212 members have been inducted. These men and women each have had significant, lasting and international effects on the aviation and space communities in Canada

Ceremonies held in the Canada Air and Space Museum in Ottawa on May 30, welcomed four individuals and one corporation to its roster of inductees: Victor Bennett, John Sandford, Frank Henley, Stocky Edwards and Canadian Pacific Airlines.