He is still actively engaged in aviation as a restorer of antique radial engines. He just finished restoring a Wright Cyclone R3350-32WA which he takes to various air shows around the Houston area.
Claude Thomas “Tommy” Redmon of Germanton received the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award and the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award on March 6, 2013. He attended college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Miami, FL, and graduated in 1961. He worked and lived in a local funeral home in Miami, FL, to pay for his college. He also worked in tobacco fields to earn money to pay for his flying lessons. His first solo flight was on Sept. 3, 1969, in a Piper J-3 Cub. He earned his private pilot certificate in October 1960, and earned an A&P certificate in March 1961.
Robert Lawson of Hoffman Estates, IL, received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from FAA Safety Team program manager Scott Landorf of the DuPage FSDO in September 2012. He received his A&P license in 1960 after having completed a degree in aviation maintenance from Purdue University. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for Continental Airlines for over 41 years and retired in 2002. He has continued to perform maintenance on Cessna 150 and Piper Turbo Arrow to the present.