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Hall of Fame

EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame

established 1995

Jack Roush

EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame 2018

Jack Roush was born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1942 at the height of the war. His interest in science, math, and all things mechanical began at an early age. Those interests led him to auto racing and eventually partnering with Fenway Sports Group to form Roush Fenway Racing — one of the most successful NASCAR teams in history. Roush’s entry into the aviation community led him to the P-51 Mustang, purchasing his first in 1992. With his vast experience in motor sports, he began studying the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and quickly discovered that parts and maintenance support were in short supply. 

With his typical drive, Jack laid the groundwork for the establishment of the first and only FAA Repair Station for Merlin engines. Jack and his company, Roush Aviation, are the leaders in preservation of the Merlin, keeping today’s P-51 Mustangs in the air and preserving our rich military aviation history. Jack currently owns and operates two Mustangs, Old Crow and Gentleman Jim. Despite his busy racing schedule, he always carves out time to visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, participating in the ever-popular Warbirds in Review program.

Members of the Hall of Fame

Click the year on the timeline to view the member inducted from the associated year.

  1. 1995

    Paul Poberezny
    Walt Ohlrich
    John Baugh
    Bill Harrison
    G.L “Jerry” Walbrun

  2. 1996

    Dick Dieter
    Charlie Nogle

  3. 1997

    Sue Parish
    Rudy Frasca
    Jeff Ethell

  4. 1998

    Randy Sohn
    John Ellis

  5. 1999

    William Dodds
    Richard Ervin

  6. 2000

    Dave Schlingman

  7. 2001

    Linc Dexter
    Ed Maloney

  8. 2002

    Frank Sanders

  9. 2003

    Chuck Doyle
    Lloyd Nolen

  10. 2004

    Howard Pardue

  11. 2005

    Steve Hinton
    Kermit Weeks

  12. 2006

    Jack Harrington
    Daryl Lenz

  13. 2007

    Wilson “Connie” Edwards

  14. 2008

    Connie Bowlin

  15. 2009

    George Baker

  16. 2010

    Harold “Hal” Weekley

  17. 2011

    David B. Lindsay, Jr.

  18. 2012

    Preston S. (Pete) Parish

  19. 2013

    Lee Lauderback

  20. 2014

    Jay Wisler

  21. 2015

    Nelson Ezell

  22. 2016

    Doug Champlin

    Doug Champlin’s passion for preserving military aircraft extends to all eras, for World War I to the Vietnam War period. His Champlin Air Museum in Mesa, Arizona, became a magnet for warbird enthusiasts from around the world. The facility also became the home base for the American Fighter Aces Association and the Flying Tigers Association.

    After Champlin retired, the entire collection was moved in 2002 to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, where it is displayed in the museum’s Personal Courage Wing. There, the airplanes and stories of the people who flew them can be preserved for posterity. Champlin passed away in May 2013, leaving behind a unique legacy in aviation.

  23. 2017

    Clarence E.“Bud” Anderson

    Clarence Emil “Bud” Anderson was born in Oakland, California, and grew up on a farm. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a pilot in the fall of 1942, and went on to fly two combat tours with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the famed 357th Fighter Group in England. Bud, flying his faithful P-51D Mustang, Old Crow, flew more than 100 missions and scored 16 and 1/4 air combat victories. He started the war as a second lieutenant and returned to the States in 1945 with the rank of major. After the war, Bud was a test pilot first at Wright Field, and then at Edwards Air Force Base, where he served as chief of flight test operations. After a stint at the Pentagon, he commanded an F-105 fighter wing in Vietnam before retiring as a colonel in 1972 with more than two dozen decorations to his name. Throughout his storied career, Bud has logged more than 7,000 hours of flying time and flown more than 100 different types of aircraft. Bud is a volunteer with EAA Warbirds of America where he appears annually in the Warbirds in Review program during EAA® AirVenture® Oshkosh™. His presentations are always among the most popular of all Warbirds in Review sessions.

  24. 2018

    Jack Roush was born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1942 at the height of the war. His interest in science, math, and all things mechanical began at an early age. Those interests led him to auto racing and eventually partnering with Fenway Sports Group to form Roush Fenway Racing — one of the most successful NASCAR teams in history. Roush’s entry into the aviation community led him to the P-51 Mustang, purchasing his first in 1992. With his vast experience in motor sports, he began studying the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and quickly discovered that parts and maintenance support were in short supply. With his typical drive, Jack laid the groundwork for the establishment of the first and only FAA Repair Station for Merlin engines. Jack and his company, Roush Aviation, are the leaders in preservation of the Merlin, keeping today’s P-51 Mustangs in the air and preserving our rich military aviation history. Jack currently owns and operates two Mustangs, Old Crow and Gentleman Jim. Despite his busy racing schedule, he always carves out time to visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, participating in the ever-popular Warbirds in Review program.

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