Wed, Nov 22, 2006
Celebrated Aircraft Engineer and
Designer Ed Swearingen was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of
Fame during ceremonies at The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston,
Texas. Swearingen designed the SJ30 light jet over 20 years ago,
and has been instrumental in nursing it from the original design to
certification in October 2005, and then to market in October 2006.
Mr. Swearingen has spent a lifetime making aircraft better, and
advancing the aerospace industry through his innovative designs and
The museum opened a permanent display dedicated to Mr.
Swearingen as part of the ceremony. It contains photos, models, and
other memorabilia from his career in aviation. In addition, SSAC
will donate the first prototype SJ30 that flew in 1990 to the Lone
Star Flight Museum. The aircraft should arrive in Galveston by the
end of this year as a permanent symbol of Mr. Swearingen's lasting
influence on general aviation.
"We are all very proud of Ed's accomplishments," commented Dr.
Ching-Chiang Kuo, Chairman and CEO of SSAC. "We at SSAC have been
fortunate to have worked side-by-side with Ed and to witness his
incomparable skills and abilities. We greatly appreciate his
visionary leadership that has led this company to the development
and certification of a remarkable achievement in aviation history,
During the induction ceremony Larry Gregory (below, left),
President of the Lone Star Flight Museum, said, “Ed
Swearingen (pictured below, center) is a Texas Aviation visionary.
His innovative designs have shaped the entire industry from general
aviation aircraft to large military transports. The superior
performance of the SJ30 is a testimony to Ed’s leadership
throughout the program. We are honored to receive the SJ30
prototype and look forward to having it on display for years to
The Lone Star Flight Museum is dedicated to the men and women
who developed aviation into the science it is today, and to
perpetuating the memory and spirit of those who flew in the defense
of our country and freedom throughout the world. The Texas Aviation
Hall of Fame is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit educational museum.
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