Washington, DC, Nov. 13, 2013 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced it will be inducted into the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s International Air & Space Hall of Fame in recognition of NBAA’s 65 years of advocacy for the industry. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will accept the honor on behalf of the Association on Nov. 16, in a ceremony to be held at the museum.
The induction ceremony also marks the International Air & Space Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary. Individuals or organizations are chosen for the hall of fame for contributions to the aviation, space or aerospace industry.
“NBAA’s induction recognizes the excellence of these individuals and the leadership role exhibited so well by NBAA over the years,” said Jim Kidrick, president and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Kidrick pointed to NBAA's growth from just 19 Member Companies at its founding in 1947 to more than 10,000 Members today as evidence of the organization’s value and leadership in the industry.
“I am honored to accept this recognition on behalf of everyone associated with NBAA, both currently and in the past,” said Bolen. “Throughout its history, NBAA’s strategy has been to effectively leverage the efforts of our committed Board of Directors and Associate Member Advisory Committee, professional staff, and an unbelievable network of members, all of whom are willing to dedicate their time and expertise toward the promotion of business aviation in the United States and around the world.”
The story of business aviation in America, and the work done by NBAA to represent the industry, is told in a video, entitled Business Aviation: The Story of NBAA and the Industry, which was produced in 2010 when NBAA was presented with the Spirit of Flight Award by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Told through eye-catching footage and compelling testimonials, the video demonstrates the many ways NBAA Member Companies of all sizes rely on business aviation to succeed. View the video Business Aviation: The Story of NBAA and the Industry in its entirety.
NBAA’s fellow International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2013 inductees include Apollo 16, NASA’s Mission Control, US Airways Flight 1549 ("the Miracle on the Hudson"), former American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall, World War II Triple Ace Bud Anderson and others.
The International Air & Space Hall of Fame is housed in the San Diego Air & Space Museum, California’s official air and space education center, and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
For more information about the International Air & Space Hall of Fame and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, or to learn more about attending the Hall of Fame Inductee Celebration, visit the museum’s website at www.sandiegoairandspace.org.