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  by 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:


Ronald E. McNair

Ronald E. McNair

1992 A native South Carolinian, Ronald McNair was graduated from Carver High School in Lake City and was a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he performed experiments on carbon dioxide lasers. McNair was also well known for his research on electro-optic laser modulation for satellite communications and the construction of ultra-fast infrared detectors. He was selected by NASA as astronaut candidate in 1978. He flew many NASA missions as a specialist astronaut on the Challenger Space Shuttle flight crew, including February 3, 1984, which marked the first flight of the Manned Maneuvering Unit and the first landing on a runway at Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 11, 1984. McNair lost his life on the Challenger Space Shuttle during its January 28, 1986 mission....

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George G. Miler Jr.

George G. Miler Jr.

2002 “…a quiet-spoken man, often seen in short pants flying his Aztec around the state working on navigational aids.” “…a confident man with a positive outlook, a dreamer, who dreamed about building things.” George Miler, former president of Greenville Avionics and MilerTronics, was among the very first to use computer technology in the troubleshooting and repair of aircraft avionics and airfield navigational facilities. Miler with a MS from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in electrical engineering from Clemson University, led the industry in the implementation of remote navigational systems monitoring for airports. A private pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, Miler held repairman’s certificates for radios, instruments, and specialized services, an Airframe and power plant rating, FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License, and FAA Verification of Authority to maintain non-federal navigational systems. While logging almost 4,000 hours, mostly flown in support of airport navigational systems in South Carolina, Miler also found time to participate in various professional activities. He was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, serving as past chairman of the Piedmont section of the organization. Miler was active on several advisory committees and he participated in cooperative training for Georgia Tech and Greenville Technical College students, providing them with quality on-the-job...

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Frances Higham Miller

Frances Higham Miller

1991 A lifelong contributor to aviation, Miller started working for Owens Field in 1948, where she earned her pilot’s license in 1949. She obtained her Commercial and Flight Instructors’ ratings in 1950. In 1951, she became a flight instructor for Hawthorne Aviation, and she became a FAA Pilot Examiner in 1957. She administered more than 3,100 flight examinations during her 30-year tenure. In 1964, she started Miller Aviation at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, where she taught almost 6,000 people in some aspect of...

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Cyrus Robert “Buck” Moss

Cyrus Robert “Buck” Moss

1993 As a child, Buck Moss made his own model airplanes, and by 1932, he had soloed in an OX-Waco 9. In 1934, he earned his aircraft mechanic certificate. An original barnstormer, he offered rides for small fees, participated in air racing, banner towing and stunt flying. In 1940, with Bevo Howard, Bob Turner and Col. Rosco Turner, he established a civilian pilot training program that eventually became the Army Air Corps training program for World War II. He served as Basic Flying and Instrument Instructor at Bush Field in Augusta and from 1945-46. He served in the U.S. Navy, receiving many military medals. In 1946, he built and operated the Fairforest Airport and Fairforest School of Aeronautics. From 1950 to 1964, he owned Palmetto Aviation, located at the Spartanburg Downtown Airport. In 1987, Moss was named Spartanburg’s Aviator of the Twentieth Century. Cyrus Robert “Buck” Moss was born October 9, 1915. At a young age, Buck became fascinated, excited and awed by airplanes, airports and flying. From early childhood he carved wings and propellers and made his own airplane. Moss started flying in 1931 and soloed in an OX-5 powered OX-Waco-9 and earned his airman’s certificate # 34152 in 1932 and his mechanic certificate # 894334 in 1934. Buck financed his flying lessons by working at Beaumont Mills and with some help from his father. Buck Moss promoted the nation’s interest and excitement of aviation in its infancy by barnstorming over the eastern USA, giving rides ranging in price from a quarter to a dollar. He made his own airports by arranging with a farmer to use his field – after he landed in it! He endured many inconveniences such as spending a few hours in jail when a minister swore out a warrant against him for disturbing worship services. He participated in air racing, banner towing, stunt flying, and made over 50 parachute jumps. His extended aviation activities included giving flying lessons, charter flights, aerial photography and sight seeing trips until the rumblings of World War II caused changes to America. In 1940, Moss went to Washington, DC, with Bevo Howard, Bob Turner, and Colonel Roscoe Turner to set up a civilian pilot training program to teach college students to fly. This become the foundation of the Army Air Corps Training Program for WWII. From 1943-1944 he served as Basic Flying and instrument instructor under the United States Army Air Corps Eastern Flying Training Command at Bush Field, Augusta, Georgia. From 1945-1946 he served in the US Navy where he received several metals and was honorably discharged as the war effort came to a close. He returned to Spartanburg and from 1946-1950 build and operated the Fairforest Airport including the Fairforest School of Aeronautics and the FAA approved school training students under the G.I. Bill. He also operated an Fixed Base Operation with agricultural crop dusting and spraying services and established an FAA approved ground school along with other services. From 1950-1964 Moss was owner of Palmetto Aviation located on the Spartanburg Municipal Airport. This operation offered complete aviation services to both civilian, military and airline aircraft. In addition, Palmetto provided catering services to the airlines serving Spartanburg during this period. Buck Moss also served as the airport manager and represented Spartanburg locally and national at all...

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Xen Motsinger

Xen Motsinger

1997 Xen K. Motsinger was born in Lafayette, Ga., and he grew up in Taylorsville NC. Motsinger received his undergraduate degree from Maryville, TN and his graduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He moved to Columbia in 1957 to begin working for the Department of Health and Environmental Control. After 31 years, he retired from DHEC as director of certification. He has served 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Motsinger served in WW II as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps. He earned his private license in 1952. He operated Sandhills Aero Club for more than 20 years, allowing many people the opportunity to learn to fly. Motsinger was also the co-owner of Eastwinds Airpark in Columbia. Motsinger has been a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club for more than 30 years, and he is the cofounder and 32-year member of the EAA Chapter 242. He has judged many aviation contests, including Antique Airplanes at the Oshkosh International Air Show, Classic Airplanes at Sun Fun in Lakeland, Florida, Aeronica Fly-In and the EAA Chapter 3 Antique/Classics Fly-In. Motsinger has won many awards for his accomplishments in aviation. Some of those awards include the Oshkosh Lindy Award, BestO-65 HP Oshkosh HP Sun Fun, Palmetto Sport Aviation Man of the Year Award and the EAA Red McCord Award. He continues to judge antique air shows and serve as a field representative for the EAA Young Eagles...

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General Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton

General Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton

1998 General Newton was born in Ridgeland, South Carolina, where he graduated from Jasper High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation education and commissioned a Second Lieutenant from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee in 1966. In 1985, he received a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. The General is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, F-16, C-12 and the F-117 stealth fighter. In 1968, he flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam and was selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, in November 1974. From 1978 to 1982, he was assigned as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. He has commanded three wings, an air division and held numerous senior staff positions. He served as the Director of Operations, United States Special Operations Command and as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Newton culminated his Air Force career as the Commander, Air Education and Training Command where he was responsible for recruiting, training and education for all Air Force personnel. His command consisted of 13 bases, 43,000 active duty personnel and 14,000 civilians. Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton, General USAF (Ret) is the Vice President for International Programs and Business Development for Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut. As Vice President, he is responsible for international military sales, assessing U.S. military requirements and developing business for Pratt’s military engine services. He leads a team of 45 personnel who manages a host of domestic and international customers with a sales target of nearly $1 Billion. Thunderbird’s First African American Pilot Becomes Four-Star General WASHINGTON — When he was a teenager, Air Force Gen. Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton’s father asked him and his brothers, “What’s the most important four-letter word in the English language?” The boys scratched their heads in deep thought, toying with such words as “love.” “No!” he said to all their answers. “The word is ‘know,’ as in ‘knowledge.’ ” “He told us, the more you know, the better off you’re going to be,” said Newton, 54, currently the Air Force’s only African-American four-star general. “And now, I invite all youngsters to ‘know.’ “For an individual who only went through the second grade, my dad was a very bright man with a very bright vision,” Newton said. “My mother only went through the sixth grade.” For the first time in history, the three military departments have African-American four-star officers serving at the same time. The other two are Gen. Johnnie E. Wilson commander of the Army Materiel Command in Alexandria, VA.; and Adm. J. Paul Reason, commander of the Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA. Newton, commander of the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB, TX, is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of all Air Force personnel. His command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, the 19th Air Force at Randolph, the 2nd Air Force at Kessler AFB, Mississippi and the Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL. His command consists of 13 bases and more than 43,000 active duty service members and 14,000 civilian employees. As a youngster, Newton often stood in the fields of the family farm...

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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 of the Ninety Nines, the women pilots’ organization, and she helped charter the Blue Ridge Chapter. She has held many leadership positions in the organization, as well as secretary and governor on both the national regional levels. From 1989 to 1996, she served on the International Board of Directors. A veteran of many air races, Orr has competed in the All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR), the Air Race Classis and the Powder Puff Derby. In 1988, she received the Amelia Earhart scholarship. With more than 25,000 hours of flying time, she has served as a role model for women in aviation as well as a mentor for countless pilots and colleagues. She has dedicated her entire flying life to the people of South Carolina, working with her local students and sending them off to aviation careers and hobbies across the world. Through her dedication to the field, both in instruction and safety, many pilots have come to know the freedom and responsibilities of...

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Carolyn M. Pilaar

Carolyn M. Pilaar

1997 Carolyn Pilaar is an outstanding aviator and, over the years, she has achieved goals that others only dream about. Pilaar became interested in aviation while attending Western Michigan University. She received her private pilot’s license in the college flying club and immediately started with the University flight training program, staying in college for an additional major in aviation. She bought her first airplane, a 1946 Luscombe 8A that she flew for many years, in 1969 and completely restored everything. She even recovered the fabric wings. In 1972, she completed her aviation training, graduated from college and moved to Greenville, where she worked as a company pilot and flight instructor. In 1973, she was chief pilot for a FAR 135 certificate in a Beech 18 taildragger. Pilaar began Carolyn’s Flight Academy, which she continues to operate today, in 1974. She has also taught aviation courses at Greenville Technical College. Over the years, she has participated in such events as the All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race Classic, and she has earned many achievements in aviation and her community. She was named South Carolina’s Flight Instructor of the Year in 1976. Pilaar’s work as a pilot as well as an instructor has contributed significantly to the aviation community. The United States Precision Flying Team (USPFT) championships were held June 5-8, 1985 in Kissimmee, Florida, to select five pilots to represent the U.S. in the Sixth World Precision Flying Championships. Foothills Chapter 99 Carolyn Pilaar was the overall winner to lead the U.S. team. Eight out of the 32 competitors were women, all 99s. The 1985 World Precision Flying Competitions (WPFC) in August were also hosted by the 99s. Jody McCarrell, USPFT and WPFC chief navigation Judge, reported that the chief of the World Jury, Peter Nissen, observed, as 99s came from everywhere, that he had never seen so many women involved in such an event and doing such a great job. Please welcome the following new US Airways pilots: December 7, 1998 class (nine pilots): Donald C. Martin, Douglass A. Wells, Carolyn M. Pilaar, William A. Lehmann, Peter S. Lothrop, Arnold B. Green, Michael A. Engel, Mark J. Aikens, Denez...

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Len Povey

Len Povey

1991 A self taught pilot, Povey’s official introduction came in 1922 in the Army Air Service, where he was one of the first enlisted pilots. After a Miami air show in 1934, he was invited to inspect Cuba’s air facilities and pilots, and later he became head of the Cuban Air Force. He originated the Cuban Eight aerial maneuver. During World War II, he served as vice president of Eastern Aviation. Most recently, he served as director of public relations for Stevens Aviation in...

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Robert (Bob) C. Pulliam

Robert (Bob) C. Pulliam

2000 Robert (Bob) Pulliam has successfully transferred his passion for aviation into public service, including leadership roles in the aviation industry. As past chairman of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Commission, his leadership provided support for extensive airport expansion and remodeling, increasing flights into the Midlands from 24 to 61 flights a day. Pulliam’s knowledge of aviation includes everything from the grounds to government regulations. He has raised community awareness of the impact that air transportation plays in economic development. His commitment to air transportation as a key component to economic development is best recognized in his service as chairman of the Airport Commission’s Economic Development Committee and as a member of the Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance. Pulliam’s passion for flying is best exemplified by his personal contributions of time and resources to flying numerous hours of humanitarian flights. He participates in the sponsorship of the Jamil Shrine Temple’s Fling Fezzes, donating aircraft and personal flying hours to transport the needy. He has also helped raise thousands of dollars to fund other similar operations. In 2000, he was named South Carolina Aviator of the...

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