Four inducted into Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame

Four people with aviation and aerospace careers were inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame on Nov. 7 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport.

The honorees were John M. Allan of Cynthiana, who after a ROTC graduation and a 20-year Air Force career as a pilot, became director of Flight Standards Service of the Federal Aviation Administration; John Goodlette, a native of Hazard who earned a UK engineering degree and was the chief engineer of NASA’s Viking program, which completed a successful landing on Mars in 1976; Lt. General Field Harris of Versailles, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served in a number of U.S. Marine Corps Aviation commands during WWII and Korea; and Walker “Russ” Reynolds, a Jackson County native who, in a 30-year career in the Air Force, flew in the Berlin Airlift and was commander of the Air Force’s Search and Rescue Service.

The Aviation Achievement Award, which recognizes the use of aviation for the benefit of Kentucky citizens in public safety, law enforcement and security, was awarded to the Air Support Unit of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

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