Clay Lacy To Be
Honored By Kansas Aviation Hall Of Fame
By Jim Douglas
November 3, 20111 - Legendary pilot and aviation
executive returns home to celebrate lifelong
contributions to aviation. From the time he was a young
boy growing up in the farmland of Wichita, Kansas during
the Great Depression, veteran pilot and business
aviation pioneer Clay Lacy experienced a natural
fascination with flight.
He first took to the air at age eight and began working at a local airport in exchange for flying time at age 12. He has since spent nearly every day of his life around airplanes.
Next Saturday, November 5, Lacy will return to his hometown to attend this year?s Kansas Aviation Museum Gala, where he will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame for his extraordinary achievements in aviation.
ceremony comes on the wings of Lacy receiving the National
Business Aviation Association?s Meritorious Service to Aviation
Award business aviation?s most distinguished honor for his
lifelong dedication to building the industry from the ground up.
He is also an inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and
the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards.
Lacy is a
world-renowned pilot whose lifetime in aviation has included
experience as an Air Force and airline pilot, fame as a national
air racer, and international success as a director and
videographer specializing in air-to-air sequences for Hollywood
blockbuster movies and television commercials.
1964, Lacy introduced the first business jet to Van Nuys Airport
(VNY), and from 1964 to 1967, he worked as manager of Learjet
sales in 11 western states. In 1968, he established the first
jet charter service west of the Mississippi River, at Van Nuys
Airport near Los Angeles.
Honored by Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame With his unparalleled
record of flying time, Lacy has touched upon more aspects of
aviation than any other pilot. He has flown more than 300
aircraft types, established twenty-nine world speed records and
logged more than 50,000 flight hours. Known as the ?pilot?s
pilot,? he has accumulated more hours flying jet aircraft than
anyone on Earth.
Clay Lacy and Ken Collins, a famed SR-71 test pilot, will be inducted
into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame during this year?s Kansas Aviation
Museum Gala to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel
Grand Ballroom in downtown Wichita. Aviators Micky Axton and Tex
Johnston will be inducted posthumously.
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