19th Annual Banquet Honored Pilots With Accolades and Fellowship
It was a grand evening in the history of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame (DAHF). The annual honors banquet was held November 3rd, at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall in Newark, Delaware.
The center of attraction—six of the First State’s most distinguished people of aviation—were regaled with music, decorations and ovations, and the glamour of Clayton Hall with its colorful table decor, tastefully prepared dinner, and charming serving staff.
Ceremony and Dinner- 6:00pm
Celebrants were ushered into the Clayton Hall dining room. The Master of Ceremonies, DAHF Trustee Roger Rodriguez, Jr., called for the Middletown Cadet Squadron CAP Color Guard to open the ceremony with the posting of the colors. Ella Perry, UD Music Major, sung the "Star Spangled Banner". The Invocation was delivered by DAHF President Bruce Lambrecht.
Following dinner, the Emcee gave introductions and recognized the dignitaries who were present.
Following the introductions, Seth Walters, the DAHF Youth Aviation Award winner for 2018, was introduced.
Presentation of Inductees:
The Emcee called the honorees and their “wingmen", separately by alphabet, to the platform. (Following their selection, each honoree was assigned a member of the DAHF board to serve as his/her liaison. Fittingly, they dubbed themselves “wingmen").
Each wingman escorted their honoree to the platform, and introduced them to the audience. At the conclusion of their introduction, DAHF President Bruce Lambrecht presented each honoree a plaque and ribboned medallion in honor of their induction to the Hall of Fame.
Honorees and their wingmen were:
Thomas Carper George Hebbel (1923-2017) David Henderson Gerard Van Dyk Franklin Wooten
The evening concluded with remarks by President Lambrecht, retirement of the Colors, and the singing of “God Bless America” by Ella Perry.
Hangar Flyin’ and Cocktails- 5:00pm
The evening began with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, starting at 5:00 pm, in Clayton Hall’s fireplace lounge. This has become an annual opportunity for aviation people to meet and catch up on “what’s new” and to greet the honorees, says Maj.Gen(Ret) Frank Ianni, DAHF trustee and general chairman for the celebration. Background music was provided by the Stardust Knights Jazz Combo, and photos, reproduction prints and models of U.S.aircraft were exhibited around the hall. A continuous video gallery of DAHF inductees was projected on a big screen. Plus, memorabilia of each 2018 honoree was on display.