EAA Honors Five Aviators With Hall of Fame Induction on Nov. 14

The aviators include Frank Beagle, Bill Adams, Susan Dusenbury, Lee Lauderback, and Phillip J. Lockwood.


Dusenbury has owned and/or restored numerous vintage aircraft, including vintage airplanes from Aeronca, Luscombe, Culver Cadet, and others. She is currently flying a vintage Taylor J-2 Cub and a 1953 Cessna 180, and is in the process of restoring a 1935 Stinson SR-6 Reliant. Her other aviation achievements include 20 years of service on the EAA board of directors and a quarter century of night freight flying.

INTERNATIONAL AEROBATIC CLUB HALL OF FAME

William Joseph “Bill” Adams (posthumous): Adams began as a Wisconsin airport kid in the 1940s and developed into one of the top air show pilots of the 1950s and 1960s. He began as a member of the famed Cole Brothers Air Show team, earning a headline spot in the company of IAC Hall of Famers Duane and Marion Cole.

Adams is regarded as the inventor of the triple snap roll and square outside loop maneuvers, which he first displayed as part of the 1964 U.S. Aerobatic Team at the world championships in Spain. He returned from that competition to create his air show team, which he led until his death at just 40 years old in 1966.

ULTRALIGHT HALL OF FAME

Frank Beagle (EAA 141198 – posthumous): Beagle was the “Voice of the Ultralights” during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for 30 years, announcing the daily activities of the ultralight and light-sport aircraft that fly at the event’s south end each day. His early trial-and-error ultralight flight training led him to develop safety seminars throughout the Midwest that educated thousands of ultralight pilots.

Beagle totaled more than 3,000 hours of flight time, almost all in ultralight aircraft ranging from a 1970s-era Easy Riser to a Pterodactyl and two-seat Challenger. His death in May 2013 led to the announcers’ booth on the Oshkosh ultralight strip to be named in his honor.

WARBIRDS HALL OF FAME

Lee Lauderback (EAA 333795): Lauderback is a diverse aviator, having flown everything from gliders to modern military jets. He is perhaps best known as one of the top trainers and examiners for warbird aircraft, providing safety and proficiency education in 12 different warbird aircraft that allows pilots to safely transition to these historic machines and “keep ‘em flying.”

Lauderback has logged more than 20,000 flight hours, including nearly 9,000 in P-51 Mustangs. He began flying at age 15 and after college, spent 17 years leading legendary golfer (and pilot) Arnold Palmer’s flight operations. Lauderback also has more than 2,000 hours in sailplanes and has held several flight records in those aircraft.

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