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Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Banquet 2018 announced

The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame board invites Minnesota Flyer readers to join us for the 29th Annual Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, April 21, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington.

Six persons will be inducted. They are: Darrell E. Bolduc, aircraft engine specialist and seaplane pilot. Bolduc represents half of the first father-son inductee pair, as his father, Wilmer Bolduc was inducted in 2002; Roland J. "Ron" Fagen, aerobatic pilot, prominent ethanol production businessman, Vietnam veteran and aviation museum owner; Lt. Ralph D. Gracie, WWI fighter pilot and casualty, the first Minnesotan lost in aerial combat; Robert H. Jasperson, Vietnam air war veteran, F-4 weapons systems operator, and current Wings of the North Museum Director; Joseph E. Killpatrick, led the Honeywell team that developed the Ring Laser Gyro, among other navigational instruments used worldwide in today's commercial and military aircraft as well as the Space Shuttle; Robert O. Leaders, unique and popular FBO at Clear Lake, Minnesota.

In addition to the inductees, the Hall of Fame will honor David Matheny as the Minnesota Aviation Writer of the Year and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics as the 2018 Minnesota Art Award winner for their sponsorship of the very successful youth aviation art program during the past several years. The Hall of Fame will also be awarding three scholarships to young Minnesotans who have chosen aviation as a career. "World of Aviation" talk-show host, Al Malmberg will again be the emcee for the event.

Induction Banquet 2018 details and reservation forms are available from the Hall of Fame website:

On-line reservations can also be made through Any questions, contact Noel Allard at


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