2022 Inductees (click on a name for more details).
Scott Alwine- CAPT Scott Alwine USNR (R) was born in Wilmington and grew up in Newark. He’s a graduate of Christiana High School and Penn State ROTC. Scott is a TOPGUN graduate and he flew the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet on four aircraft carrier deployments, including the USS SARATOGA during Desert Storm. He served 14 years active duty and 16 years as a reservist accumulating over 700 aircraft carrier landings and earning two Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Air Medals, and five Navy Commendation medals with Combat Distinguishing devices. He currently works for a major US airline flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Larry D. Kelly- Larry Kelly has 5,800+ hours mostly in more than a dozen WWII era aircraft. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation in Georgetown, Delaware, which provides flight experiences in their B-25 (Mitchell), L-19 (Birddog), L-16 (Champ), DHC-1 (Chipmunk), and DH82C (Tiger Moth) aircraft. He has made significant leadership contributions to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders (24 yrs), Wings & Wheels Annual Event (20 yrs), Aviation Education Day (20 yrs), and Disabled American Veterans Flight Team (12 yrs).
Lloyd Austin - Lloyd has flown thousands of hours and instructed hundreds of pilots over the past seven decades. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years (1955-1975) as an Aircraft Commander & Instructor Pilot in the C-118, C-135, C-141, & C-5A; including one tour in the Republic of Vietnam (1968-1969). For the past 44 years (1978-Present), he has instructed hundreds of pilots at Flight Safety in Wilmington, accumulating more than 25,000 hours of simulator instruction time. He is the recipient of the USAF Air Medal, FAA Eastern Region Instructor of the Year Award, Flight Safety “Best of the Best” Award, and the Wright Brothers Award.
Walter (Dubby) LeKites III- Dubby’s military career encompasses over 35 years and 10,000 flight hours in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. His military career began when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1968. He served as an AH-1G Cobra helicopter gunship pilot in Vietnam, flying over 600 combat missions and over 800 flight hours. A decorated Vietnam vet with a tour in Germany, Dubby joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 1972. As a Gunship Instructor pilot, Instrument Flight Examiner and Standardization Instructor pilot, Dubby has trained and mentored scores of aviators, each of whom benefited from his personable, professional demeanor.
Jo Manship- Jo was born in England and began her flying career on an Embraer Banderante for British Island Airways. She moved to Dover Delaware in the early 80’s and flight instructed, towed banners, then continued her regional airline career in a Beech 99 for Henson. Jo then moved on to fly for Pan Am Express on the Dehavilland DASH 7 until Pan Am collapsed. After deciding to be home with her three children, she transitioned to corporate aviation flying for many Delaware companies on Jetstars, Hawkers, Beechjets, and Falcons. She has flown over 14,000 hours and holds many Type Ratings. Jo enjoys mentoring new pilots and seeing them evolve.
Hugh T. Broomall - DBA, a native Delawarean, was the first to advance from an enlisted airman in the Delaware Air National Guard to the Commander and Assistant Adjutant General for the Delaware Air National Guard. He also served as the Air National Guard advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force. He is the longest serving member of the Delaware Air National Guard. He led the transformation of the organization with the acquisition effort for new C130H aircraft. He was instrumental in preserving the future of the Delaware Air National Guard during periods' of force reductions. Later he served in a variety of positions at the national level. Hugh Broomall retired at the rank (DE) of Lieutenant General.
William Welser III- Lt. Gen. William (Bill) Welser, USAF (ret), served over 34 years with the USAF, retiring in 2005 as Commander of the 18th Air Force. He logged over 3,500 flight hours as a Command Pilot in the C-5 Galaxy, C-141 Starlifter, T-1 Jayhawk, KC -10 Extender, and more than 20 other aircraft.
Lt. Gen. Welser was the Operations and Logistics Director for the U.S. Transportation Command, where he led transportation operations supporting the U.S. response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was also Commander of the 436 AW at Dover AFB in 1992-1993. He has served his community in many capacities to include serving as President of Space Coast Honor Flight for ten years. He is currently the President of the Air Mobility Command Museum Foundation Board at the Dover AFB.