The event will celebrate and enshrine four extraordinary individuals who have made enduring contributions to aviation and aerospace.
Capt. Curt Watson, who earned renown as “The Crossville Comet” while a football star at UT and as a Navy pilot, became a member of the elite “Blue Angels.” He founded the Memphis Air Show and recently retired as a 28-year FedEx pilot.
Other inductees include Mr. Bill Barton, a former airline captain and beloved flight instructor of Morrison, TN, who has taught and mentored hundreds of students in Middle Tennessee. Murfreesboro resident, Astronaut “Hoot” Gibson recently added to his long list of accolades a gold medal earned at The Reno Air Races in Nevada. Posthumous inductee, Dr. Joseph White of Brentwood was a fighter pilot with the famous Tuskegee Airmen during WWII.
Since its Inaugural Inductions ceremony in 2002, the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame has enshrined 53 men and women who have contributed to aviation history through achievement or service in Tennessee, for our nation or the world.
The TAHF is a non-profit charitable institution and Tennessee’s Official Aviation Hall of Fame and Repository and Archive for Aviation History. Profits from the institution’s fund raising efforts are used to identify, document and preserve Tennessee’s aviation history and to sponsor and support aviation education statewide.