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2016 Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHF) Enshrinees
Each spring, the Air Zoo celebrates the current year's Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees at a Gala event as part of the Air Zoo Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards. For ticket information pertaining to this year's event, please click HERE.
2016 MAHF Enshrinees
Philip O. Parmelee
Pioneer Aviator- born in Hubbardston, Michigan:
Born in 1887, Philip had a mechanical aptitude for small engines and built his own steam powered auto from buggy and bicycle parts. He was eventually employed as a mechanic for the Buick Automobile Company s racing team, and was noticed by Wilbur and Orville Wright, who selected him to enter the Wright Flying School. After completing his training, he joined the Wright Exhibition Team as a demonstration pilot. On November 7, 1910, Parmelee became the first pilot to transport commercial cargo. He flew from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio, carrying 100 pounds of silk for a store opening, simultaneously setting a world speed record. In the spring of 1911, he flew the first aerial recorded military reconnaissance missions with the Wright Flyer along the Mexican border. Also in 1911, Parmelee served as pilot for Grant Morton, who made the earliest known parachute jump from an airplane. Parmelee also piloted the first aircraft to drop a bomb, the first aircraft to receive radio messages, and the first aircraft from which pictures were taken. Philip Parmelee was piloting an aircraft at an air show in Yakima, Washington, on June 12, 1912, when turbulence caused him to crash, killing him instantly. He is buried in East Plains Cemetery in Clinton County, Michigan. Parmelee appeared in a silent movie A Dash Through the Clouds with Mabel Normand, which was released two weeks after his death.
A historic marker to Parmelee is displayed at the Lansing Capital Region International Airport.
Irvin T. Woodhams
Pilot, Instructor and Airport Manager - Born in Kalamazoo County
Irvin Woodhams was born on August 8, 1898 in Kalamazoo County. He learned to fly in 1924 and his license was signed by Orville Wright. Throughout his career he was a 60-year accident-free pilot with 14,000 hours of flight time, an instructor, a mechanic, a Navy V-5 cadet trainer and an airport manager. At one point, he taught Air Zoo co-founder Sue Parish how to fly. He was the first to fly and later manage what is now the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. He built the Austin Lake Airport and Float Plane Base and was a lieutenant general in the Civil Air Patrol. He died in 1993.
John A. Clark
WWII Military Pilot - Engineering Professor - Born in Ann Arbor
Born in Ann Arbor, MI in 1923, John Clark enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and was trained as a B-17 co-pilot. Assigned to the 100th Bomb Group, Thorpe Abbots, England, he was promoted to first pilot and completed 32 combat missions in the B-17G. Returning home in 1945, he enrolled in the University Of Michigan College of Engineering and continued pilot duties with the Michigan Air National Guard, and accumulated over 1,300 hours of flight time before leaving the service. He completed Masters and Doctoral studies in mechanical engineering at MIT, where he joined the faculty and established a research program with the U.S. Air Force. In 1957, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan and was promoted to Chairman, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Clark pursued a broad International career in research and consulting, which included serving as a member of President Reagan's transition team for energy. Dr. Clark is a strong supporter and benefactor of the National Museum of Aviation and Technology (formerly Yankee Air Museum) at Willow Run..
Maj. General E. Gordon Stump
Military Pilot and Michigan Air National Guard (MANG) Commander
Maj. General Stump was born in Ohio, but joined the MANG in 1970. First a flight commander, he was eventually promoted to squadron commander of the 107h Tactical Fighter Squadron. He then served as chief of the command post for the 127h Tactical Fighter Wing. In December 1986, he became director of operations for the MANG headquarters in Lansing, served as deputy commander and then commander in 1989. Gov. John Engler named him adjutant general of Michigan in 1991. During his career, Stump has flown many aircraft including the F-102, F-100, A-7 and F-16. Before coming to Michigan, he flew 241 combat missions over Vietnam and spent 30 days in Suwon, South Korea during the Pueblo Crisis.