Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

Major General Patrick J. Halloran
1928 -

General Patrick Halloran was born in Chatfield, Minnesota. He joined the Minnesota Air National Guard in 1948. When the Guard unit was mobilized in 1949, he joined the Air Force Cadet Program and was commisioned. He flew 100 combat missions in Korea in F-84 aircraft. In 1957, he volunteered for the top secret U-2 program and he was in the initial group of pilots to check out in this aircraft. His secret flights included many over Europe and Cuba. In 1960, Halloran was among the first pilots to check out in the SR-71 spyplane. As Commander of the 1st Strategic Recon Squadron, his crew established records and won honors for performance. Following completion of the Air War College in 1971, Halloran was chief of Reconnaissance at Strategic Air Command headquarters, in Omaha. Following commands in Guam and California, he became SAC Inspector General in 1977. His records include the Air Force's highest decorations.

Halloran followed his military career with a continuing hobby of sport aviation and has rebuilt and flown numerous homebuilt aircraft. He is a special event speaker in demand and has appeared on television as well as in schools and has spoken before many military groups about his career and aviation in general.

Inducted 2005

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey W. Hamiel
1947 -

St. Paul-born Jeffrey Hamiel obtained a bachelor of arts degree in geography and aerospace science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He holds a masters degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University. Hamiel flew high performance and transport aircraft for the United States Air Force. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve in 1998.

Hamiel joined the Metropolitan Airports Commission in 1977 as manager of noise abatement and environmental affairs, eventually becoming executive director in 1985. He reports directly to the commission on metropolitan airport development, aviation policy, maintenance and finance issues and works with the State Legislature, the Governor’s Office and the metro communities.

Hamiel is a past chair of the Airports Council International—North America and serves on its world board. He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He oversaw airport expansion programs and the dual track planning evaluation and implemented newly mandated security procedures.

Inducted 2002

Laurence C. Hammond
1892 - 1968

Born in Richfield, Minnesota, Hammond learned to fly at Kelly Field in 1918 with the U. S. Air Service. He was sent to France with the 88th Observation Squadron where he saw action over the front lines. In 1928, the Minneapolis Park Board hired Hammond as the first director of the Minneapolis Airport. His office was a Park Board warming house as there was no administration building until 1930. He continued in his position of Airport Director through World War II when the Metropolitan Airports Commission took over the airport. Hammond was among the first airport managers around the country, and as such, had to solve problems with no background of experience. He is considered a major factor in the successful development of Wold-Chamberlain Field.

Inducted 1990

Bruce R. Hanson
1931 -

Born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Hanson grew up on a dairy farm and became an over-the-road truck driver. He also began flying as a hobby in 1963 and moved to Forest Lake. In 1970, Hanson, with some partners, bought the Surfside Seaplane Base at Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Hanson soon bought out his partners and began a program of improving the seaplane base each year. He completed a sod runway, dredged slips to the shore and began hosting the annual Minnesota Seaplane Pilot's Association picnic. The base is now considered the largest seaplane facility i n the lower 48 states.

Hanson's honesty and character have become legend among the seaplane fraternity and the Hanson family makes newcomers and old friends equally at home. His enthusiasm is responsible for numerous fliers purchasing and learning to fly seaplanes. As aerial ambassador, Hanson is constantly advocating and demonstrating the beauty of the State of Minnesota and its lakes to visitors and tourists.

Inducted 2005

 James P. Hanson
1947 -

James P. Hanson was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He took his first airplane ride at age 4 and received his Private Pilots license on his 16th birthday. In 1965 he was drafted into the US Army where he served as a combat medic. He started a flying club in his outfit that became the largest such club in the Army. Following his military service, Hanson returned to Albert Lea and continued to obtain further ratings, including Glider, Seaplane, Hot Air Balloon, Helicopter and Jet. In addition to every rating available, Hanson also completed 400 parachute jumps, served as corporate pilot, chief flight instructor at Rochester's Flying Dutchman FBO, and air ambulance pilot. He has sold over 500 new and used airplanes.

Hanson and his wife, Maryalice bought and operated the FBO at Albert Lea and Owatonna, and in 1992, Hanson became the Faribault Airport Manager as well. He teamed up with the late Hall of Famer, Buzz Kaplan, to complete several worldwide air journeys. Hanson was the trip planner for a trip to Europe in 1996 which covered 18 countries and broke 14 speed records for city-to-city flights. A trip in 1999 took Jim and Maryalice, along with the Kaplans, to the Antarctic. Hanson has promoted general aviation through breakfasts and fly-ins, contests, youth activities and written stories.

Inducted 2005

J. Donald Hanson
1916 - 2015

Donald Hanson of Clearwater, Minnesota served as a B-24 command pilot with the 44th Bomb Group in England during World War II. His aircraft was shot down over Bremen, Germany, in 1943 and he spent the next 18 months as a prisoner of war. After the war he worked as an agricultural pilot and aerial postal carrier in Warroad. Hanson’s Flying Service of Warroad became legendary.

Hanson continues to serve as a life link between Warroad and theAngle Inlet on Lake of the Woods. In 2001 the U.S. Postal Service honored him for 50 years of public service.

Inducted 2001

Col. John R. Hed
1920 - 2012

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hed became interested in aviation as a youth following Lindbergh's famous flight. In 1929, after studying engineering at the University of Minnesota, he enlisted in the 109th Air Guard Squadron and became a crew chief in the maintenance section. He took CPT training in 1940 and became an Air Corps cadet the following year, training at Kelly Field, Texas. Hed served as pilot and maintenance officer during the war, based in Mississippi and Alaska.

With his discharge in 1946, Hed rejoined the Minnesota Air Guard and accepted a position at Duluth when the base was activated in 1948. He helped recruit and train personnel for the 148th Fighter Wing, serving there for the next 32 years in every leadership position and setting Air Guard maintenance standards. During this time, he also served in Korea. He retired in 1980 after logging hours in over 40 different aircraft. Hed helped establish the Richard Bong Chapter of the Air Force Association and remains in aviation.

Inducted 2004

Alexander T. Heine
1883 - 1960

South Minneapolis native Alexander Heine worked for the Milwaukee Railroad but caught the flying bug at an early age and learned to fly at the Curtiss School in San Diego. He built his own airplane when he returned to Minnesota, modeling it after the Curtiss Pusher aircraft prevalent then, and flew it from the grassy meadows near Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He designed, built and flew eight airplanes and earned fame by flying around the Minneapolis Courthouse in 1913.

Inducted 1998

Norman E. Hendrickson, Jr.
1925 – 2006


Norman Hendrickson, Jr. was born in Minneapolis. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943. He was sent to flight school but earned his wings at the close of WWII. He then attended the University of Minnesota and worked briefly for Northwest Airlines as a dispatcher. He forged a career in Civil Engineering using his aircraft for business purposes and especially enjoyed introducing young and old alike to the wonders of flight. He earned a mechanic’s license and inspection certificate, then joined the Commemorative Air Force, repairing and maintaining the CAF aircraft at South St. Paul and San Diego, as well as setting up airshow schedules for the group. From a kit, he built a Lancair aircraft and served as a consultant for the company. In retirement, Hendrickson spent his spare time at the airfields, helping out and enthusing his fellow aviators with his love of flying.


Inducted 2007

Gregory E. Herrick
1951 –

Born in Iowa, Herrick came to Minnesotan in 1981. He began flying in 1970 and earned a college degree in Marketing. He pioneered a direct-mail company, Zeos International, Ltd. which became very successful. Herrick began collecting old airplanes in 1993and since then has sought out the rarest of golden age aircraft for his collection. He owns and manages Golden Wings Aviation Museum at Anoka County Airport.

Herrick has promoted or participated in several vintage aviation tours including a recreated Ford Air Tour in 2003. Herrick also worked successfully to get the FAA to make vintage aviation parts drawings available to vintage aircraft rebuilders. He has represented Minnesota’s vintage aircraft community for twenty years. He has earned numerous awards for his contributions to aviation history.  

Inducted - 2014

 Clarence W. Hinck
1889 - 1966

From Litchfield, Minnesota. "C. W." Hinck enlisted in the Navy in 1917 and was a student at Dunwoody Institute's Naval Training School. He became friends with the Commandant, Lt. Commander Colby Dodge, and they, along with Dick Grace, started the Federated Fliers Flying Circus. Operating from a field in Fridley, Minnesota, Hinck staged thrill shows at county fairs for many years. He opened a flight school at Wold-Chamberlain prior to World War II, operated by his brother, Elmer. He also contracted with the military to open a glider pilot training school at Monticello, Minnesota, and another at Stanton, Minnesota, near Northfield. Clarence was President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Aeronautics Association, a Commander of the American Legion, a Seabee dealer, and was founder and first president of the Minnesota chapter of the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers of America. He continued to be involved with aviation until his death in 1966.

Inducted 1990

Elmer M. Hinck
1892 - 1940

Born at Litchfield, Minnesota, Elmer Hinck went to France during World War I as a foot soldier. Returning to Minnesota, he went to work for his brother, Clarence, in the Federated Fliers Flying Circus. Hinck learned to fly, and became a stunt pilot as well as a wing-walker. He joined the Universal Air Lines aviation school at Wold-Chamberlain as an instructor, then was with Northland Aviation, eventually opening a school financed by Clarence. When flight schools had to leave Wold at the beginning of World War II, Elmer moved to Nicollet Airport. He was killed in a crash at Monticello, Minnesota. At the time of his death, he was considered one of the top instructors in Minnesota, having taught hundreds of students to fly and logging over 15,000 hours in the air.

Inducted 1991

Clarence M. Hines
1924 –

Hines was born in Minneapolis, MN. He served in the US Army during WWII as a machine gunner. He was wounded and shipped back to the US, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his bravery in combat. He returned to Minneapolis and spent his time at the Stanton Airport in Northfield where he took up flying. Hines soloed in 1947 and went to work for the airport owners, Margaret and Malcolm Manuel, becoming the official tow pilot for a large glider association based there as well as pilot for the local sky-diving club. He flew charters; sprayed crops; demonstrated gliders; served as an instructor for wheels, floats and skis; maintained the airport grounds; and even farmed the land around the runways. When he retired in 1993, he had flown as a commercial pilot for 45 years and as a flight instructor for 43. He left an unforgettable legacy with his students.

Inducted 2009

Arthur W. Hinke
1914 - 1985

Born in Merrill, Wisconsin, Hinke began an aviation career after a childhood of travel across the United States with his parents. After high school, he trained as an auto mechanic and began flying in 1937. Hinke applied for military service and was commissioned as a Naval Flight Officer in 1943, becoming a flight instructor. He was assigned to the training squadron at Naval Air Station-Minneapolis, flying out of the satellite South St. Paul airport. He was then sent to the Naval Technical Training Command at Banana River, FL, where he specialized in all-weather instrument flight training and helped develop the first ILS and GCA systems.

Hinke hired on with Wisconsin Central Airlines in 1947 and moved to the Twin Cities in 1948. He served as Chief Pilot and Manager of Flight Operations, continuing on when the company became North Central Airlines. When North Central was awarded a contract to assist the startup of a Bolivian Air Carrier in 1963, Hinke was sent as an advisor and helped develop and standardize high-altitude operational procedures. Hinke returned to Minnesota and retired from North Central in 1977.

Inducted 2004

Donald E. Hinz
1944 – 2004

Born in St. Paul, MN. Hinz graduated from college with a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Systems. He joined the US Navy, was accepted into the Naval air arm where he instructed in A-4s and flew A-7Es from the carrier USS Ranger. He worked briefly for Braniff and Sun Country Airlines.

In 1979, Hinz created US Fighter Squadron, a business that allowed average pilots to fly simulated air-to-air combat against fellow pilots in Saia Marchetti private aircraft. He joined the CAF in 1998 and began working on the restoration of the “Red tail” P-51C Mustang. His mission - to tell the story of a group of heralded black WWII fighter pilots and their role in history. As an educator, Hinz was the spirit and voice of the project, sharing his love of aviation and history with youth and old alike. He lost his life in this aircraft during a commemorative flight.

Inducted 2007

Arthur G. Hoffman
1915 -2004

Arthur Hoffman of Rochester earned his flight ratings before World War II and began the war as an Army Air Corps flight instructor. Northwest Airlines hired him to fly in the Northern Region of Canada and Alaska, supplying military bases under a contract with Air Transport Command.

Toward the end of the war, Hoffman joined other Rochester businesspersons to form Gopher Aviation at the Rochester Airport. Gopher offered charter, flight instruction, air ambulance and engine overhaul services. It grew to become one of the largest and most respected FBOs in the nation.

Hoffman worked for Page AVJET in Washington, D.C. between 1973 and his retirement in 1993.

Inducted 1995

George Holey
1912 - 1989

Holey was born in Montgomery, Minnesota, and learned to fly at Wold-Chamberlain in 1929. By 1930 he had secured his Transport Pilot's license and went to work for Sohler Flying service at Mankato. He did some barnstorming and instructing at Faribault. When CPT training started, Holey worked as an instructor for Elmer Hinck at Wold and then was hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration as District Supervisor, supervising all CPT programs in the Region. He inspected and licensed all flight schools, and often gave the students their flight tests. In 1945, he was called on by the Minnesota Department of Aeronautics to serve as aviation representative under Les Schroeder, charged with rewriting all of the Minnesota Air Regulations. After the war, Holey certified all veterans training at Minnesota flight schools. His deep interest in Minnesota's aviation heritage led him and his wife, Anne, to develop an aviation history collection which included numerous recorded interviews with pioneer aviators. The collection was given to the Minnesota Historical Society. George's interest also helped enable this book to be written.

Inducted 1993

Charles W. "Speed" Holman
1898 - 1931

Holman was born in Minneapolis and grew up a daredevil. Early pranks and motorcycle racing earned him the nickname "Speed." He learned to fly at the Security Aircraft Company at Speedway Field in 1920, did some parachute jumps and received his first airplane as a gift from his father. Stunting and cross-country racing became his passion. His name became a household word, and when the newly organized Northwest Airways looked for its first pilot, they hired Speed. He became Operations Manager and pioneered air mail routes across Wisconsin and into North Dakota. His airline career was punctuated by wins in national air races, including the prestigious Thompson Trophy Race in 1930, part of the National Air Races in Chicago. Holman set a looping record that stood for many years; visited every corner of the State, lobbying the cities to build airports; was considered one of the country's top aerobatic pilots; and every fragment of his life was spectacular. Such was his death during an impromptu aerobatic performance at the dedication of the Omaha Airport. His funeral was the largest in state history, with a hundred thousand persons turning out along the funeral route and at the cemetery.

Inducted 1988

Stanley E. Hubbard, Sr.
1897 - 1992

A native of Red Wing, Minnesota, Hubbard took his first flying lessons in 1916. He soon enlisted in the U. S. Cavalry and took part in World War I. Following the war, he settled in Louisville, Kentucky, and opened an airport that became known as Bowman Field. He started an airline, Kentucky Aviation Flight Company, one of the first commercial passenger carriers in the U. S. He designed an aircraft for quantity production, but was unsuccessful in seeing it produced. He tried his hand at starting airlines in New York, and then in Florida, but was only marginally successful. In 1922, he returned to Minnesota and began barnstorming. He lobbied the Park Board to take over Speedway Field. When the Minnesota Aeronautics Commission was formed, Hubbard was appointed a commissioner, and took over as chairman from Ray Miller in 1941, following Miller's call to active duty in the Air Force. Hubbard was instrumental in enacting the regulations that govern flying in Minnesota to this day. In 1943, he helped organize the Metropolitan Airports Commission. In 1924, Hubbard bought radio station, WAMD in Minneapolis, and later bought station KSTP. He pioneered the use of aircraft for gathering news from the far corners of Minnesota, and eventually formed Hubbard Broadcasting, Incorporated, one of Minnesota's most familiar institutions.

Inducted 1991

Croil Hunter
1893 - 1970

Hunter was born in Casselton, North Dakota. He attended Yale University and then served with the Field Artillery in World War I. He worked in the family business after the war until taking a job with First Bancredit Corporation in New York. He moved to Northwest Airways in 1932 as traffic manager and worked his way up the corporate ladder, becoming president and general manager in 1937 and chairing the board in 1953.

Hunter forged the airline route system to the West Coast, Seattle, Fairbanks, Siberia and the Orient. He also pushed the airline to the East Coast, making Northwest a national and international carrier.

Inducted 2001

Mark M. Hurd
1892 - 1969

Hurd graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1914 with a degree in chemical engineering. He enlisted in the Signal Corps and was sent to France, where he served as an aerial observer and photographer. Following the war, he opened an aerial survey business in Chicago, and returned to the Twin Cities with the Fairchild aircraft franchise. Here, he was issued Minnesota pilot's license number five. He organized Mid-Plane Sales & Transit company at Speedway Field and was soon bought out by the Universal Air Lines organization. In 1920 Hurd became manager of the Aero Club of Minneapolis, set up the welding and aircraft mechanics courses at Dunwoody Institute, and became a charter member of the National Aeronautics Association as well as the newly formed AOPA. (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.) Hurd also organized Great Northern Aviation at Wold-Chamberlain with training schools in St. Paul, Duluth, Cloquet, and Coleraine. His next enterprise was Aerial Photographic Service Corp, which later became the Hurd Aerial Mapping Company, whose contracts included those with the Minnesota Highway Department, the National Guard, and the U. S. Forest Service. He developed improvements in aerial cameras, and aerial photo techniques. In World War II, he was assigned to General Patton's office, in charge of aerial reconnaisance. Following the war, Hurd returned to Minnesota and formed Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys.

Inducted 1988

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