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Former President George W. Bush Named To Texas Aviation Hall Of Fame

One Of Four Selected By The Museum For Its 2017 Class

Former President George W. Bush has been named to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame by the Lone Star Flight Museum.

The former President was one of three individuals and a 100-year-old Air Force Squadron selected for induction into the Hall, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

Bush trained as an Air Force Pilot with the  147th Fighter Interceptor Group in 1968 and 1969. He flew F-102 fighters with the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He went on to be elected Governor of Texas in 1995, and President of the United States in 2001. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, is also a member of the Hall of Fame.

The museum has also nominated Albert W. "Al" Mooney (1906-1986) for enshrinement. Mooney was a self-taught aircraft designer who founded the Mooney Aircraft Company in 1929.

Major General Benjamin D. Foulois (1879-1967) is the third individual who will be enshrined by the museum this year. Foulois began flying in 1910, and helped evaluate the first military airplanes built by the Wright Brothers. In 1911, he was the first person to fly nonstop for 100 miles. He was Chief of the Air Service during WWI.

Finally, the museum has selected the 111th Aero Squadron, which is now known as the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron. The unit is part of the Texas Air National Guard unit is part of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing based at Ellington Field in TX. It was established in 1917 at Kelly Field in San Antonio. It is the second-oldest squadron in the U.S. Air Force.

The induction ceremony will be held May 20th at the museum's Taking Flight gala.

(Image from file)

FMI: http://www.lonestarflight.org/

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