Aviation Hall of Fame Selects 1990 Inductees
Jerrie Cobb, Leverett Edwards, Luther Gray, William Hall and Frank Phillips have been selected as the 1990 inductees into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame. Allen E. Paulson, chairman and chief executive officer of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., has been chosen to receive the Clarence E. Page Memorial Trophy.
The awards will be presented at the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Induction Ceremonies Dec. 8 at the Kirkpatrick Center.
Cobb was the first female selected as an astronaut candidate and later served as a NASA consultant. She is the holder of four world aviation records set in Aero-Commander planes. She has received the Harmon Trophy, is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Ninety-Nines.
Edwards was one of the first private plane owners in Oklahoma City. In 1950 he was selected by President Harry Truman to the National Mediation Board, which he held for 26 years. Later he was an arbitrator for Braniff Airlines. Edwards died in April 1989.
Gray was the fourth pilot hired by Braniff Airlines. Later he directed Conoco's Aviation department until retirement. He is a member fo the OX-5s and organization of pioneer aviators.
In 1937 Hall was accepted as a naval aviation cadet and reported to fleet duty on the U.S.S. Enterpise. For courageous actions in the battle of the Coral Sea, Hall was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Phillips and his brother, L.E., founded Phillips Petroleum Co. in 1917. The company was one of the first to have a business air fleet. Phillips promoted his Nu-Aviation fuel by sponsoring Art Goebel in the Dole Race flight from Oakland to Honolulu. During World War II, Phillips Petroleum made significant developments in improving high-octane aviation fuels and conducted test flight programs for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Phillips died in 1950.
Under Paulson's leadership, Gulfstream has become the world's leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of large corporate jets. He and a Gulfstream crew flew Gulfstream IVs on two around-the-world record flights. Paulson was named Pilot of the Year by Professional Pilot Magazine. He is recipient of the Harmon, Horation Alger and Wright Brothers awards. . .
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