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EAA Comments on Passing of Apollo 8's Frank Borman

"Larger Than Life" Figure Beloved by Experimental Aviation

Jack J. Pelton, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association, took a moment to comment on the passing of Apollo 8 commander and longtime EAA member Frank Borman on November 7, 2023.

“As one of the major players within the Apollo astronaut corps in the 1960s, Frank Borman was a person who seemed larger than life as we followed America’s efforts toward a lunar landing. Frank’s accomplishments, especially the unforgettable moments during the Apollo 8 mission during Christmas time in 1968, puts him among the key figures in our nation’s spaceflight history."

Borman's space resume was only part of his lifelong impact on aviation, as many in the scene have3 noted over the last 3 decades. Borman was part of the Salute to Apollo at the 1994 EAA Fly-In Convention, as well as the Apollo astronaut reunion during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. In addition, he was the special guest speaker at the EAA Aviation Museum’s Space Day in 2016, and at the December 2018 Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet following the donation of his personal archives to EAA.

“We at EAA came to know him for more than 30 years as an enthusiastic aviator and supporter of programs that would build on the legacy of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. We were honored in 2018 when Frank donated his personal archives to EAA, which are now on display at the EAA Aviation Museum, and always welcomed him back to Oshkosh when he could join us here. We express our condolences to Frank’s family and many friends, and say to Frank, godspeed and thank you.”

FMI: www.eaa.org


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