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A. Lee Orr

A. Lee Orr

2001 Lee Orr entered the aviation field in 1950, and she obtained her private pilot certificate in 1965. Over the years, she has taught nearly 1,000 people how to fly, and hundreds of those people are in the Spartanburg area. In 1971, Orr joined the Arkansas Chapter...
Barnie B. McEntire, Jr.

Barnie B. McEntire, Jr.

1992 Barnie McEntire’s love of aviation began as a teenager when he washed Piper Cubs at Columbia’s Owens Field. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, he entered pilot training in 1939, earned his pilot’s wings in 1940 in the Army Air Corps and began...
Benjamin Franklin Johnson

Benjamin Franklin Johnson

2005 In 1936, Benjamin Franklin Johnson purchased a disabled plane, restored it and then learned to fly. Southern Airways and Southern Airways School employed Johnson from 1942 to 1944. He also taught in the Clemson and University of Georgia CPT Programs. Johnson...
Bevo Howard

Bevo Howard

1991 Bevo Howard founded Hawthorne School of Aviation in 1941 in Orangeburg, and he trained more than 6,000 pilots there. A World War II pilot, he was most famous for his aerobatic titles, including three aerobatic world championships and three international...
Captain Edward T. H. Shaffer

Captain Edward T. H. Shaffer

2002 “…with charisma, humor, energy and an unfailing passion for aviation, he has become one of aviation’s great good will ambassadors throughout the world.” “He has spent more years in aviation than most people live.” Edward T.H. “Captain Ed” earned his instrument...