Sunday, July 22, 2007

Up, Up and Away and into the National Aviation Hall of Fame

A record-setting daredevil and the first American woman in space are among the five people to be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton.

Steve Fossett, 63, of Beaver Creek, Colo., holds world records in ballooning and with powered aircraft. The image above shows Fossett's balloon. Sally Ride, 56, a California native, became the first U.S. woman in space when she flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.

Also being inducted:

Evelyn Bryan Johnson, 97, who took up flying in 1944 while running her husband's laundry business during his military service in World War II;

Frederick Smith, 62, a former Marine pilot and founder of air freight giant FedEx Corp.; and

Walter Boyne, 77, historian, author and former director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

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