Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees 2023
Houston, TX (Feb. 16, 2023) - The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) is pleased to announce the selection of four new inductees into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The TAHOF selection committee has named Daniel Baker, Major General Joe H. Engle (ret.), Rod Lewis and Edna Gardner Whyte (posthumously), to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
Daniel Baker - Founder & former CEO of FlightAware
Major General Joe H. Engle (ret.) - X15 Test Pilot and former NASA Astronaut
Rod Lewis - Energy executive, pilot & owner of one of the largest WWII aircraft fleets in the world
Edna Gardner Whyte (posthumously) - Pioneering pilot, instructor and air racer
Joe Engle (pictured on the left) is a Life Member of the CAF and was a pilot in the TORA TORA TORA Airshow and of CAF Airbase Georgia's P-63.
About the event: This esteemed group will be officially inducted on Friday, April 21 at the 2023 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and luncheon at the Lone Star Flight Museum located at Houston’s Ellington Airport.
About the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame: The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was established in 1995 through a resolution by the 74th Texas Legislature and signed by then Gov. George W. Bush to honor and recognize Texans and Texas companies or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to the advancement of aviation. There are currently 84 individuals and groups in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, in four categories which include trailblazers and explorers, wartime aviators, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. The 2023 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame inductees join an impressive list of past inductees representing trailblazers and explorers such as Bessie Coleman and Wiley Post; leaders such as Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; World War II aviators Tex Hill, the Doolittle Raiders, Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots; astronauts Eileen Collins, John Young and Gene Cernan; and entrepreneurs Howard Hughes and Gordon Bethune.