George Baker Selected for EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame
    September 3, 2009 -
    For more than half a century, EAA members have pushed the limits of aviation’s potential. From vintage to ultralights, homebuilts to warbirds, aerobatics to light-sport aircraft, these visionary aviators have diligently pursued their passion for flight. In the process they have preserved the spirit of aviation that began more than 100 years ago. To recognize their contributions to the world of recreational flying, each year EAA inducts a group of the most innovative and influential individuals into the EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame.

    EAA Warbirds of America proudly announces its 2009 Hall of Fame inductee, George Baker of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Baker is well known for his restoration work on Beechcraft T-34’s and flying his aerobatic routine in the unique Curtis-Wright R-3350 powered Hawker “Sky Fury”.

    He is also recognized for his efforts to inspire future aviators, mechanics, and other warbird enthusiasts, by sharing his vast knowledge of aviation and restoration work.

    George was born January 19, 1930 in Hawthorne, NJ and has been flying since the age of 16. He soloed in 1946 while in the eleventh grade in high school. At the age of 20, he started in the aircraft restoration profession, starting with a Culver Cadet.

    Over the years George has won numerous awards for his T-34 N341GB, including Grand Champion Warbird, Post WW-II, at EAA AirVenture 2000, along with Reserve Grand Champion Warbird, Post WW-II, at the 2001 & 2002 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-Ins. He was also awarded the Golden Wrench for his meticulous restoration work. In 2004, he won a Preservation Award at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

    George has been a member of EAA Warbirds of America since 1974 and was a founding member and past commander of the Valiant Air Command. He has flown over 100 different types of aircraft.

    Baker will be recognized at the EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet & Ceremony on Friday, October 16, 2009 in the EAA Museum Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh, WI. A limited number of tickets for the event will be available for purchase at $50.00 per person. For more information, contact Jo Ann Bauer at 1-800-236-1025.



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