Author/Editor Of 21 Aviation Books From Air Shows To Air
Noted aviation author, photographer and documentary filmmaker
Philip Handleman of Birmingham, MI received the National Aviation
Hall of Fame's 2010 Combs Gates Award as part of Tuesday's NBAA2010
Opening General Session.
Philip Handleman Accepts Combs Gates Award
The award, which includes a $20,000 prize, is given each year to
an individual or group for promoting or preserving America's air
and space heritage. Handleman is being recognized for his upcoming
book, The Rise of American Air Power, a 150-page, oversize,
illustrated hardcover volume that is to be published in November
Handleman has authored or edited 21 aviation books spanning
subjects from air shows to air combat, airliners and air racing.
His photographs have graced commemorative postage stamps marking
the 50th anniversaries of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force
Academy. He has been a pilot for 39 years and currently owns two
vintage aircraft, along with a private airstrip, with his wife
The prestigious Combs Award grew out of a donation to the
National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) by the late Harry Combs, a
1996 enshrinee of the NAHF who was instrumental in the growth and
development of business aviation. Five years ago the award was
renamed to recognize the financial support provided by the Gates
Frontiers Fund, which was established by the late Charles C. and
June S. Gates. Charles Gates was a partner with Combs in several
aviation businesses, including the Combs Gates FBO chain and Gates
Learjet. NAHF has partnered with NBAA since 2003 to present the
award during the Association's Annual Meeting & Convention.
Handleman accepted his award from several hall of famers,
including former astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon,
Eugene Cernan; business aviation pioneer and aerial cinematographer
Clay Lacy; and Cessna Aircraft chairman emeritus Russell Meyer, Jr.
Representing the late Harry B. Combs was his son, Harry "Terry"
Combs, Jr., chairman and CEO of Integrated Airline Services, Inc.,
and Alan H. Hoeweler, president and vice chairman of the NAHF.