Twelve individuals who contributed greatly to recreational aviation will be honored on November 11 as they are inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame during a ceremony and dinner at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. The large group of individuals represent the Hall of Fame classes of 2020 and 2021, as the 2020 induction ceremony was canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

The 2021 inductees include:

  • EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame: Flo and Bob Irwin (posthumous)
  • International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame: Kirby Chambliss of Chandler, Arizona
  • Warbirds of America Hall of Fame: Carl Scholl of Chino, California, and Tony Ritzman of Ontario, California
  • Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame: Steve Nesse of Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame: Roy Beisswenger of Greenville, Illinois

The November 11 event will also recognize the 2020 inductees:

  • EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame: Frank Christensen of St. George, Utah
  • International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame: Verne Jobst of McHenry, Illinois
  • Warbirds of America Hall of Fame: Mark Clark of Rockford, Illinois
  • Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame: Steve Dyer of Brighton, Colorado
  • EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame: Dan Johnson of Port Orange, Florida

The EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community. Those inducted into the halls of fame are selected by their peers for myriad contributions made to their respective areas of aviation.


About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 240,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of the 2020 and 2021 Halls of Fame inductees are available at EAA’s media resources website.



Flo and Bob Irwin (posthumous): In 1965, the couple began a business named Aircraft Spruce that sold timber to those who were building their own airplanes. The company quickly grew into a one-stop shop for aviation builders and restorers, as well as all aircraft owners, and became known by its current name of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty. The company’s annual catalog, in both print and online versions, has become the “wish book” for aviation enthusiasts.


Steve Nesse (EAA 27037): Nesse has been actively involved in EAA since the late 1960s and with the Vintage Aircraft Association since its inception in 1971 as the EAA Antique-Classic Division. He was instrumental in the creation of the Contemporary Aircraft judging category at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the early 1990s, which allowed thousands of aircraft to be restored, maintained and judged to the high standards that are the hallmarks of the esteemed Lindy awards. Nesse is also a longtime member of the VAA board of directors, chairs the Tall Pines Café area, and involved in restoration workshops and other areas that serve AirVenture attendees.


Kirby Chambliss (EAA 261512): Chambliss has lived an aviation life, beginning with his first flight lesons at age 13, a corporate pilot at age 21, and a Southwest Airlines pilot by age 24. His most notable fame, however, came as an aerobatic competitor and air show performer. Chambliss is a five-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, a member of the U.S. National Aerobatic Team from 1997-2005 as well as its captain on three occasions. He has earned 13 medals in world aerobatics competition.


Carl Scholl (EAA 184061) and Tony Ritzman (EAA 393289): This duo both began their interest in aviation in the 1970s and, after meeting at Scholl’s transmission shop, they began started Aero Traders, an aircraft restoration business that has become renowned for its painstaking attention to detail and “doing it right.” For more than 40 years they have restored dozens of warbirds and there are few airworthy B-25 Mitchell bombers from the World War II era flying today that have not been under their care.


Roy Beisswenger (EAA 537298): Beisswenger has made significant contributions to ultralight flight as an instructor, event organizer, and media supporter. He is the only FAA Gold Seal flight instructor to have earned the recognition through training powered parachute pilots, and has served on international committees that created competition and record-setting sdtandards for the sport. He organized the World Powered Parachute championships in 2000, drawing competitors from four continents. He created the UltraFlight Radio Show and took over publishing UltraFlight Magzine, now known as Powered Sport Flying Magazine.



Frank Christensen (EAA 36663): Christensen is one of only a few individuals honored in two of the EAA Halls of Fame, as he was also inducted into the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame in 2017. Christensen changed both the aerobatic and kit aircraft communities in 1977 with the introduction of the Christen Eagle, a fully aerobatic biplane that also set the gold standard for homebuilt aircraft kits. Christensen was also an outstanding aerobatic competition pilot, winning the Advanced category title at the 1969 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.


Steve Dyer (EAA 40682): Dyer has been an avid supporter of the vintage aircraft movement throughout his life and has been instrumental in developing replacement parts to keep those historic aircraft flying. His family business, Univair Aircraft Corporation, has been a go-to resource for owners of vintage aircraft including for types that have been “orphaned” after their manufacturers went out of business. Dyer’s foresight and abilities have allowed thousands of aircraft throughout the country to remain airworthy and serve as examples of the varied designs and capabilities of vintage aircraft.


Verne Jobst (EAA 37653): Jobst was one of the first members of IAC when it was founded in 1971, serving as the first editor of Sport Aerobatics magazine and beginning in 1973, a five-term as president of the organization. During that time, IAC’s local chapter network and competition schedule expanded, along with the creation of the IAC Achievement Awards program. Jobst also served on the EAA board of directors for nearly 30 years and headed air show operations at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for 33 years. He was also well known for his piloting skills of EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replicas, including flying the aircraft in 1987 at LeBourget Airport in Paris on the 60th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s epic trans-Atlantic flight.


Mark Clark (EAA 42114): Clark turned his passion for flying, military aircraft, and history into a career as his family business, Courtesy Aircraft, helped thousands of aviators achieve their dreams of owning and operating historic military and other aircraft. His company is especially known as one of the leading brokers in the world of warbird aircraft. Clark’s own aviation career began in his teens, including a T-6 restoration while he was in college. He holds the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and is a longtime organizer of the National Warbird Operators Conference.


Dan Johnson (EAA 368861): Johnson has a lifelong dedication to promoting and preserving light recreational aviation, beginning with his start as a hang glider pilot in Tennessee. He promoted the sport through his own magazine, Whole Air, and through his writing for numerous other aviation publications. Johnson worked with Ballistic Recovery Systems to help develop and promote ballstic recovery chutes for ultralights that improved the safety of the sport. He is also currently president and chairman of the board for the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, which advocates to the FAA on behalf of the ultralight and light aircraft communities.



1993: Paul Poberezny, S.J. “Steve” Wittman, George Bogardus

1994: Bernie Pietenpol, Bob Burbick, Ray Stits

1995: Tony Bingelis, Molt Taylor, John Thorp

1996: Sam Burgess, Nick D’Apuzzo, Ed Heath, Volmer Jensen

1997: Ladislao Pazmany, William Ghan, Harold Best-Devereux

1998: Curtis Pitts, Burt Rutan, Bill Warwick

1999: Henri Mignet, Richard Van Grunsven, Chris Heintz

2000: Jean Delemontez, Leslie Long

2001: John Monnett

2002: Jack Cox, Ken Brock

2003: William Chana

2004: Bob Whittier, Pete Bowers

2005: Robert Bushby

2006: Edgar Lesher, B.J. Schramm

2007: Randy Schlitter

2008: John W. Dyke

2009: Lance A. Neibauer

2010: Dean Wilson

2011: Ed Fisher

2012: Wes Schmid

2013: Phillip J. Lockwood

2014: George Pereira

2015: Tom Hamilton

2016: Jim Bede

2017: Rob Hickman

2018: Darryl Murphy

2019: Robert Nuckolls

2020: Frank Christensen

2021: Flo and Bob Irwin


1987: Jose Luis Aresti, Duane Cole, Curtis Pitts, Frank Price

1988: Marion Cole, Mike Murphy, Betty Skelton

1989: Robert L. Heuer, Beverly Howard, Harold Krier

1990: Lincoln Beachey, Bob Herendeen, Charlie Hillard, Art Scholl

1991: Leo Loudenslager, Mary Gaffaney

1993: Neil Williams, Clint McHenry

1998: Bill Barber, Rodney Jocelyn, Tex Rankin, Harold Neumann, Tom Poberezny

1999: Henry Haigh

2000: Gene Beggs

2001: Mike Heuer

2002: Bill Thomas, Bob Davis

2003: Don Taylor

2004: Betty Stewart, Dorothy Hester

2005: Patty Wagstaff

2006: Gene Soucy

2007: Debby Rihn-Harvey, Bill Kershner

2008: William B. “Bill” Finagin

2009: Robert A. “Bob” Hoover

2010: Jimmy Franklin

2011: Tony LeVier

2012: Giles Henderson

2013: William Joseph “Bill” Adams

2014: Sammy Mason

2015: Sean D. Tucker

2016: Robert Armstrong

2017: Frank Christensen

2018: Thomas Adams Jr.

2019: John Morrissey

2020: Verne Jobst

2021: Kirby Chambliss


1993: E.E. “Buck” Hilbert, George York

1995: Cole Palen, Kelly Viets, Joe Juptner

1997: Paul Poberezny, Ann Pellegreno, Jim Younkin, Harold Armstrong

1999: Gene Chase, Edward C. Wegner, Tom Flock

2000: Jack Cox

2001: Dr. Roy Wicker, Ted Koston

2002: John M. Miller

2003: Al Kelch, Nick Rezich

2004: Espie “Butch” Joyce

2005: Richard Knutson, Charlie Nelson

2006: Charles W. Harris

2007: Chet Peek

2008: Bill Pancake

2009: Stephen Pitcairn

2010: Morton Lester

2011: John W. Underwood

2012: Clyde Smith Jr.

2013: Susan Dusenbury

2014: Timothy Talen

2015: Dale “Gus” Gustafson

2016: Phil Coulson

2017: Jim Moss

2018: Ron Alexander

2019: John Turgyan

2020: Stephen Dyer

2021: Steve Nesse


1995: Paul Poberezny, Walt Ohlrich, John Baugh, Bill Harrison, Jerry Walbrun

1996: Dick Dieter, Charlie Nogle

1997: Sue Parish, Rudy Frasca, Jeff Ethell

1998: John Ellis, Randy Sohn

1999: William Dodds, Richard Ervin

2000: Dave Schlingman

2001: Lincoln Dexter, Edward Maloney

2002: Frank C. Sanders

2003: Chuck Doyle, Lloyd Parker Nolen

2004: Howard Pardue

2005: Kermit Weeks, Steve Hinton

2006: Jack Harrington, Daryl Lenz

2007: Wilson “Connie” Edwards

2008: Connie Bowlin

2009: George H. Baker

2010: Harold D. “Hal” Weekley

2011: David B. Lindsay Jr.

2012: Preston (Pete) Parish

2013: Lee Lauderback

2014: Jay Wisler

2015: Nelson Ezell

2016: Doug Champlin

2017: Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson

2018: Jack Roush

2019: Dennis Sanders

2020: Mark Clark

2021: Carl Scholl, Tony Ritzman


1999: Homer Kolb, John Moody, Chuck Slusarczyk

2000: Boris Popov, Wayne Ison

2001: Mike Sacrey

2002: John Chotia, Tom Peghiny

2003: Mike Jacober

2004: Klaus Hill, Bert Howland

2005: Larry Mauro

2006: Bob Lovejoy, Volmer Jensen

2007: Mike Markowski

2008: Mike Loehle

2009: Roy Pinner

2010: John Ballantyne

2011: Jack McCornack

2012: Taras Kiceniuk Jr.

2013: Frank Beagle

2014: Lowell Farrand

2015: Leonard Milholland

2016: Tracy Knauss

2017: Mary Jones

2018: Eugene Smith

2019: Morry Hummel

2020: Dan Johnson

2021: Roy Beisswenger