South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame


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Established in 1991, the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame honors pioneers and leaders in the aviation industry who have made significant contributions to the development, advancement or promotion of aviation and have close ties to the State of South Carolina.

Policies

  • Hall of Fame induction will be held every other year, except under special circumstances as authorized by the SCAA Board of Directors.
  • In any given year, no more than three (3) nominees shall be inducted.
  • It is not a requirement to have a Hall of Fame or Elite Aviator inductee in any given year.
  • Nominations may be received at any time and will be held for consideration in the next scheduled induction ceremony.
  • For nominations to be considered in the next scheduled induction ceremony, they must be received no later than November 1 of the previous year.
  • Nominations shall expire after the first consideration and must be re-submitted for future consideration.
  • Nominees will be reviewed by the FAA or SC Aeronautics Commission officials to ensure there are no concerns or reasons why the person should not be nominated.
  • Hall of Fame committee members shall only consider information submitted in the written nomination package, which is based upon the current knowledge of the nominee. No other “outside” information or influence supplied by anyone shall be considered.
  • The Hall of Fame committee may include up to one previous Hall of Fame inductee, though not a requirement.
  • The Elite Aviator shall be chosen by the full SCAA Board of Directors under exceptional circumstances.

Aviation Hall of Fame Consideration Criteria

  • The nominee must be of good character.
  • The nominee may be living or deceased.
  • The nominee’s contribution to aviation must be substantial and performed with a high degree of excellence, above and beyond the performance of the nominee’s vocation or political position.
  • The nominee’s contribution may be a single gallant event or achievement over time that has made a positive lasting impact on aviation. A single gallant event will be defined as an event, which was brave, spirited and honorable. Examples are William Farrow and Ronald McNair.
  • The nominee must have made their contribution to aviation in South Carolina. The nominee may have significant contributions to aviation not in South Carolina, but those will be considered secondary.
  • Nominations must include verifiable documentation of the individual’s contribution to aviation to include no less than the following: a biographical resume (as detailed as possible) and documentation, clippings, citations, and awards regarding the contribution to aviation. Letters of reference may also be included for consideration.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form


Elite Aviator Consideration Criteria

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  • The nominee must meet all of the criteria for the Hall of Fame as well as the following criteria.
  • The nominee must be a living person.
  • The nominee shall be a true aviator (pilot or flight crew member).
  • The nominee’s accomplishment in aviation shall be verifiable and attached to the application and shall be above and beyond a normal pilot or crew member.
  • The nominee shall have demonstrated ethical conduct and responsibility toward associates in the industry and community.
  • The nominee shall have had substantial influence in promoting and preserving South Carolina’s aviation industry.
  • The nominee shall have contributed to the positive image of South Carolina as viewed from the state and national level.
  • The nominee shall have maintained a high level of respect within South Carolina’s aviation community for service, performance and public service.

South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame license tags are now available for inductees.

hall-of-fame-plateAll South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame inductees are eligible to apply for the license tag. If you would like to purchase a license tag you will need to complete the MV-95 application and send it to the SCDMV to PO Box 1498, Blythewood SC 29016-0008. There is no additional registration fee from the association for the license tags.

If you desire to order more than one tag, please duplicate the application form and complete one form for each tag. For your first tag call SCAA headquarters to get a vehicle plate number to include on the MV-95 application form. This is what will be printed on your license tag. If you choose to order multiple tags you will need to contact association headquarters at 1-877-359-7222 to receive another number for the second license tag. You will need to include a letter along with your application from the association that verifies that you are a member of the SC Aviation Hall of Fame. If you have any questions on the process please call SCAA headquarters at 1-877-359-7222.

Download MV-95 form

SCAA created an traveling Hall of Fame display, if you would like to display this exhibit at your airport for 3 months, email scaa@scaaonline.com



South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees:


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 championships. The first pilot to perform an outside loop in a light plane, his most famous feat was an Inverted Ribbon Pickup where he would fly upside down and grab a ribbon. At age 22, he became the youngest airline pilot. He established Hawthorne Aviation, a fixed base operation in Charleston and a multi-million dollar business. The web has many pages devoted to this outstanding aviator, the best place to start is:http://www.bevhoward.com This site is maintained by Bevo’s son and is highly recommended. Other sites: Bob Russell relates the TRUE details of Bevo’s last flight. http://spence-air-base.com/bevo.html http://proairshow.com/ Proairshow.com Carolina Airshow History http://www.boshears.com/danhist/history.html http://www.avweb.com/other/eaa9943.html http://www.richland2.k12.sc.us/rce/transpor.htm...

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M. B. “Dusty” Huggins

M. B. “Dusty” Huggins

1996 Dusty Huggins is one of America’s most colorful and successful fliers engaged in agricultural spraying and dusting. He started flying in the late 1920s. He started Huggins Airpark in Timmonsville in 1937, and in 1938, he became a charter member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club. He joined a new company known as Delta Airlines in 1941, participating in the company’s crop dusting venture. In 1946, Huggins started his own aerial application business in South Carolina, and he later pioneered aerial pest control in North Dakota. In 1955, he began working with SLED, looking for liquor stills as well as people, whether lost or fugitives from the law. Huggins located more than 10,000 stills while working with SLED, and saved at least 15 people. His dog Edgar was his constant companion for 16 years and flew more than a million air miles with him. Huggins is known to have given more free flying lessons than those for which he was paid. Although a master yarn spinner and a hard-core practical joker, he was all business during instruction. His job called for precision and, as one friend said, “Dusty is a big man who climbs into a small plane and flies with an exactness that is nothing short of spectacular.” Now THIS is a home airport Bill Walker 4/7/2005 Huggins Memorial Airpark at Timmonsville, S.C., is long on flying history and short on formality. For visitors, that means it takes about five minutes to go from introductions to a first-name basis with regulars at the airfield (58J), which lies directly beside S.C. Highway 76 on the outskirts of Timmonsville in the Pee Dee area near Florence. The personality of one man, M.B. “Dusty” Huggins II, dominates the history of the field. Huggins carved out a 30- by 1,400-foot strip on the site in 1931. Over the next 40 or so years, he taught more than 150 people to fly and helped popularize general aviation in South Carolina. Today, Huggins Memorial’s runway is 150 by 3,675 feet of well-manicured grass. The place is run by M.B. Huggins III, whom everyone calls Sonny. “There are currently 40 planes hangared here,” he says. “We have every kind of plane from Tri-Pacer to T-6 to Nanchang CJ-6. I think we’ve got the most planes of any grass strip in the state.” There is also a small airpark with a number of houses at the end of the field. “But we have always completely maintained the field and the lights,” he says. On a recent Sunday afternoon, Huggins welcomed visitors and a dozen or so regulars to the main hangar, which is packed with memorabilia from nearly 75 years of Huggins family flying experiences. There’s a comfortable corner with easy chairs and a couch where most of the hangar flying is done. Sonny’s wife, Bettie, is usually at his side, while designated airfield chef Billy Parker is never far away. Parker is responsible for the delicious chicken bog meals that regularly draw a good turnout of visitors. “People here remember Mr. Huggins,” said Bettie, as she stood by the memorial marker at the entrance to the field. “His spirit is still here.” Sonny Huggins noted his father, who was named to the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 1995, pioneered crop spraying in...

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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 served as civilian instructor in the Army Primary Program at Camden during WWII and operated a flight program for air force cadets in Anderson. He flew more than 3,000 hours in a PT-22 Stearman during those years. Ultimately, he logged more than 10,000 hours total. In 1945, Johnson started Carolina Aero Service in Anderson, along with four partners. He operated the school until 1972. During his tenure, he received the nickname “Mr. Anderson Airport.” Through Carolina Aero he provided charter service, fuels, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, hanger and storage services, aerial photography and mapping. Johnson served as a FAA Flight Examiner from 1951 to 1974. He was a flight instructor, ground instructor and held many aircraft engine mechanic ratings. He also wrote a weekly column for the Anderson Independent and Daily Mail called “Planes and Pilots” in the 1960’s. Johnson’s love of airplanes lead to his hobby of restoring old aircraft, including the 1929 Clemson ‘372,’ the Clemson Aero Club Plane that is last known to be housed in the South Carolina State Museum in...

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General Hansford T. Johnson

General Hansford T. Johnson

2005 General Johnson was born in 1936, in Aiken, S.C. He graduated from high school in 1953 and then attended Clemson College. He was the outstanding graduate in thermodynamics and aerodynamics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1959, received a master’s degree in aeronautics from Stanford University In 1967 and a master’s degree in business from the University of Colorado in 1970. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1965, Army Command and General Staff College in 1972, National War College in 1976, and the advanced management program at Dartmouth College in 1980. He earned his navigator wings while a cadet at the academy. Upon graduation, he attended flying training at Bartow Air Base, Fla., and then Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, receiving his pilot wings in July 1960. His first operational assignment was to the 317th Troop Carrier Wing, Evreux-Fauville Air Base, France, where he flew C-130 transports throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and West Asia. He continued flying with the 317th when it transferred to Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio. After completing graduate school at Stanford University, General Johnson volunteered for duty In South Vietnam. In 1967 he flew as a forward air controller In support of the South Vietnamese army and U.S. Marine Corps forces in the northern province and the demilitarized zone. He directed tactical close air support strike missions against enemy supply, storage, vehicle and troop targets. During the latter half of the year, he operated out of Plelku Air Base, along the Ho Chi Minh trail, at night. During his tour, he flew 423 combat missions, 71 of which were over North Vietnam or the demilitarized zone. From May 1968 to July 1971 General Johnson was an instructor and assistant professor of aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. After graduating from Army Command and General Staff College, he served three years in the Plans Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. During his first year he was in charge of developing the tactical airlift force structure, then became leader of the team that developed and evaluated Air Force inputs to military strategy. The general graduated from National War College in June 1976 and then was assigned to the 93rd Bombardment Wing, Castle Air Force Base, Calif., as assistant deputy commander for operations. He also performed duties as assistant deputy commander for maintenance, deputy commander for operations and vice commander. He was commander of the 22nd Bombardment Wing at March Air Force Base, Calif., from April 1979 until February 1981. General Johnson then was assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as assistant deputy chief of staff for plans. In November 1982 the general returned to Air Force headquarters as deputy director of programs and evaluation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Resources, and was chairman of the Program Review Committee. He was director of programs and evaluation, and chairman of the Air Staff Board, from July 1984 to October 1985, when he became deputy chief of staff for operations at SAC headquarters. In December 1986 he was assigned as vice commander in chief, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. In August 1987 General Johnson became deputy commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., during Earnest...

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Walter Ingram “Walt” Johnson

2019 Walter Ingram “Walt” Johnson Born in Fayetteville, N.C. on August 28, 1945, Walter Ingram “Walt” Johnson began his aviation career at age 15 when he took a part-time job as a line boy at the Sumter, S.C., airport. He soloed his first plane, a Piper J-3 Cub, at age 16 and obtained his private pilot license by age 17. Johnson was 18 when he earned his commercial and flight instructor ratings, and he was hired in 1964 as a full-time flight instructor and charter pilot at Sumter Airways, Inc., where he worked until joining the U.S. Army as a Warrant Officer in 1966.  After completing Army helicopter flight training in May 1967, Johnson served two tours in Vietnam as a UH-1 helicopter pilot, flying missions as part of the 1st Cavalry Division in challenging combat environments. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with 41 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters. Johnson held numerous positions throughout his active duty and reserve military service, including instructor pilot, battalion adjutant and company executive officer, battery commander, aviation platoon commander, aviation safety officer and operations officer. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1996. After serving his country in Vietnam, Johnson returned to Sumter Airways and purchased a 50 percent interest in the business in 1975. He assumed duties as Vice President and General Manager of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO), and served in this capacity until 1978. After a short corporate helicopter pilot career, Johnson was hired as a line pilot for the SCAC and held that position for 12 years. He was promoted to director of flight operations and, together with his staff, developed many of the policies and procedures in use today within the SCAC flight department. His dedication resulted in his selection as interim director from February 2004 to November 2005, and he played a critical role in the agency receiving the 75 Year Safe Flying Award. He retired from SCAC in 2009.  Walt received the prestigious FAA Master Pilot Award in May 2018, which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise with at least 50 years of flying...

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Howell C. “Nick” Jones

Howell C. “Nick” Jones

1998 A native of Orangeburg, Howell C. “Nick” Jones served the military in the World War II Training Command as an Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet at Auburn University and in the navy as an Aviation Cadet. In 1964, Jones began construction of a Cassutt race plane, which he finished in less than 15 months. In 1955, he flew his first air race and for 11 years he was involved in Formula One racing. After the first “straight” Cassutt, he built two other modified versions of the same plane. A leader in the sport himself, he was the founder, promoter and organizer of the Oshkosh 500, an efficiency acclaimed as the “the race at which it’s impossible to cheat.” Jones’ strong interest in designing aircraft resulted in the creation of the White Lighting, a four-seat aircraft that set three world speed records. Jones continues his involvement with the design, manufacturing and sale of highly advanced, two-stroke engines for aircraft, boats, cars and industrial machinery. In 1998, he was named South Carolina Aviator of the...

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Carroll Joye

Carroll Joye

2003 A Bamberg native, Carroll Joye entered the U.S. Force in 1957 and retired 22 years later as a Senior Master Sergeant. His foreign tours of duty included Germany, North Africa, Italy, Greenland, Southeast Asia-Vietnam, Thailand and Spain. Tours of duty in the United States included Georgia, South Carolina, New York, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Florida and New Mexico. Joye began his civilian aviation career in 1971, while on military tour of duty at Torrejon AB in Madrid, Spain. He earned his commercial and flight instructor’s rating through the tutelage of Heirs Furtick. As Orangeburg County Airport manager, his approval of the plans and tireless work on the construction of the Aviation Memorial and Pilot’s Walk also led to the creation of the Orangeburg Pilot’s Association. Having taught about 750 students to fly, issuing approximately 1,500 licenses/ratings, and logging some 16,500 hours of flight time, his name will be included in aviation lore for decades. Including his air force career time, Joye has been involved in aviation for almost 45...

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Senator Phil Leventis

Senator Phil Leventis

2006 Senator Phil Leventis has been associated with all “things in aviation” in South Carolina and around the world from the time he was born on November 3, 1945 at the Columbia Army Air Base Hospital, which is now the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Leventis was actually the last baby born before the hospital closed after World War II. As a teenager, he returned to the Columbia Airport numerous times to watch the airplanes take off and land. He began flying lessons at Columbia Metro in June 1965 and earned his private license in August. South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame member Francis Miller administered his first flight test, which lasted 50 minutes. In 1967, he earned his Commercial License after a 35-minute test with Ms. Miller. Later that same year, he earned his instructor’s rating after only a 20-minute flight. He earned additional ratings, including his commercial glider rating at Chester in 1967 and a single engine seaplane rating in 1972 from the legendary Jack Brown in Florida. His first jobs in aviation were pumping gas for the old H&H Aviation at CAE during the summer as well as Holiday Aviation in Charlottesville, Va. during the school year in the late ‘60s. After earning his instructor rating in 1967, he taught in Charlottesville during the school year and at a Civil Air Patrol camp at the Reno/Stead Airport in Nevada during the summer of 1968. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1969 with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and earned a commission in the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He began Under Graduate Pilot Training in the Air Force in July 1969, the week man first walk on the moon. Many years later, he would meet South Carolina’s “moon man,” General Charles Dukes. Upon completion of pilot training, Phil became an instructor in advance jets, T-38, and taught both USAF and German AF students at Shepard AFB, Texas. In 1974, he left active duty and entered the South Carolina Air National Guard, rising to the rank of Brigadier General and serving as commander when he retired in 1999. He continued to fly civilian aircrafts, earning his multi-engine and civilian instrument ratings in the early ‘70s. He purchased his first of 11 airplanes in 1972. It was a 1959 Cessna 182. Subsequently, he has owned and operated a 1963 Mooney M20C, a 1966PA-30Twin Comanche, a 1969, Cessna 310, two 1974 PA-31 Navajos, a 1975 Cessna 340, a 1974 Beech Barron, a 1972 Cessna 421, a Polish Koliber and a IS-28 Lark glider built in Romania. During his flying career, Phil has piloted more than 65 different aircrafts and amassed more than 8,000 flying hours — 3,700 Air Force jets, more than 2,000 hours in a single engine fighter type aircraft as well as 4,400 hours in civilian aircrafts ranging from hang gliders to helicopters to pressurized twins. In the early 1990s, due to the fact that the local repair station operator was retiring in Sumter leaving no maintenance services available in the community, Phil and a partner purchased and operated Dixie Aeronautical for four years. Phil’s flying experience includes operations from Central American to Alaska and from Hawaii to Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He has piloted aircraft across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and flown combat...

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Elliot Huger ” Billy” Lynam, Jr.

Elliot Huger ” Billy” Lynam, Jr.

1995 Billy Lynam’s involvement in aviation spans more than five decades. He soloed in 1932 and in the late 1930’s, he opened a flying school at Sumter Airport. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a commissioned officer and instructor pilot. After the war, he reopened the Sumter County Airport; serving as its operator until 1976 and as manager until 1981. Lynam served as FAA Pilot Examiner and Accident Prevention counselor. He founded Sumter Airways, Inc. and Sumter Aero Applicators, Inc. A past president of the South Carolina Agriculture Aviation Association, he is also a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club. He was in the first group of QBs in South Carolina, in the Columbia Hangar. One of South Carolina’s aviation pioneers; he has devoted most of his life to...

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Dexter C. Martin

Dexter C. Martin

1991 Dexter Martin began flying as a” Barn Stormer” and obtained his pilot’s license in 1919, which was signed by Orville Wright. He toured the Southeast in the famed Mabel Cody’s Flying Circus. In 1935, the South Carolina Legislature created the state Aeronautics Commission, and Martin was its first executive director. During World War II, he developed the Lexington County Airport to base a special Defense Landing Program known as Doolittle’s Raiders. He established the Palmetto School of Aeronautics for aviation mechanism and was inducted into the Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1976. The photo of Lt. Col. Dexter C. Martin was taken in 1941 as Commander of the SC Civil Air Patrol, a position held from 1941 through 1946. Link to Mabel Cody’s Flying Circus webpage Aviation in South Carolina Thanks to the Rice Creek Elementary School Dexter Martin (1897 – 1982), a barnstormer turned aeronautics commissioner, guided the development of aviation in South Carolina through several decades of its fastest growth. “Things were a lot different then. Airplanes had no instruments like today’s airplanes . . . . If you weren’t sure where you were, you landed and asked somebody.” Dexter Martin (Note: Martin did suggest painting the town’s name on the roof of a building.) Martin began flying in 1919 when he took lessons with Amelia Earhart. He came to South Carolina in the late 1920’s as a barnstormer in Mabel Cody’s Flying Circus. As Martin flew the airplane, Miss Cody, niece of Wild West showman Buffalo Bill Cody, climbed out of the plane on a rope ladder and painted “WOCO PEP” (the name of the airplane fuel maker that sponsored her) on the wing. The show visited Camden, Bennettsville, Orangeburg and many other towns. Martin earned his first pilot license in 1924. It was issued in six languages and was signed by Orville Wright. In 1935, Martin was named the first director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. He helped develop many of the state’s important aviation centers, including Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Shaw, McEntire and Myrtle Beach air force bases....

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