October 8, 2012 - Aeronautics engineer Richard
T. Whitcomb, whose legendary NASA research
contributions made supersonic flight practical,
joined other aerospace pioneers in the
National Aviation Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame, located at
the National Museum of the United States Air
Force in Dayton, Ohio, is dedicated to honoring
individuals who have contributed uniquely to
America's rich legacy of aviation achievement.
In the past 50 years, it has inducted more than
200 of the nation's premier air and space
pioneers, including the Wright brothers, Amelia
Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and astronauts John
Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and others.
Whitcomb, who died in 2009 at age 88, may not be
as much of a household name as others in the
Hall of Fame, but aerospace professionals say
his role in aeronautics research is virtually