The Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame will induct six notable Delaware aviation achievers for 2018.
The inductees will be celebrated at an honors banquet at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall on Nov. 3.
The 2018 Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees are:
— Sen. Thomas Carper, who served five years on active duty, including three tours in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, before transferring to the reserve. He served as a PC, aircraft mission commander, retiring with the rank of captain in 1991 after 23 years of military service. He continues to support Delaware aviation in public elected life.
— George T. Hebbel, who enlisted in the Army and trained as a fighter pilot with the 27th Fighter Group. While stationed in Corsica during World War II, his P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down behind enemy lines in German occupied France. With the help a local farmer who hid him in the attic of his farmhouse and with help from the French Resistance, he was transported in disguise to Switzerland where he rejoined his unit. Hebbel passed away Aug. 22, 2017.
— Maj. David Henderson, whose aviation career began in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Vietnam as an electronics expert crew chief for a variety of aircraft including the AC-130 Gunships, F-4 Phantoms and F-105 Wild Weasels. He went on to hold five different duty positions with many types of aircraft including helicopters. When Henderson returned home, he purchased an 80-acre airport in Kent County that still bears his name. His aspiration of restoring Cubs was realized. Henderson also joined the Civil Air Patrol 43 years ago where he served most of his time as a search and rescue mission pilot and is qualified as an incident commander.
— Kathleen Lambert, who served as loadmaster, evaluator and instructor loadmaster on the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster. As an Air Force reservist, she was assigned to Dover Air Force Base and logged more than 11,407 flight hours in 66 countries. Six hundred and eighty of those flight hours were served in combat supporting Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, two Air Medals, five Aerial Achievement Medals, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Air Force Command Award for sustaining 10,000 mishap free flight hours.
— Franklin R. Wooten, who was born in Upland, Pennsylvania. At 18 years old, he started his aviation career flying with Piasecki Aircraft Co.’s flying club. He went on to accumulate thousands of hours in trainers, fighters and transport aircraft serving in the Delaware Air National Guard at New Castle Airfield for more than 32 years. He earned numerous awards and retired as a Lt. Colonel and Command Pilot. Wooten retired from Boeing Helicopters in Philadelphia after 43 years as a senior manager in the development and fabrication of Chinook Helicopter main drive gears.
— Gerard van Dyk, whose aviation career has spanned more than 50 years. “Van” as he’s known moved to Delaware in 1962 after serving in the Royal Dutch Air Force. He was director of maintenance at Summit Aviation for eight years before starting his own maintenance facility. Van Dyk owned and operated a large Part 145 repair station at the New Castle Airport for 28 years.
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