Photo courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum

Eight individuals and organizations, including The Boeing Co. and an Apollo astronaut, will be inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in November, the San Diego Air & Space Museum announced Monday.

The inductees for the Nov. 17 ceremony at the museum are:

  • The Boeing Co., the maker of passenger and military aircraft that’s celebrating its centennial
  • Al Worden, the command module pilot for Apollo 15 who conducted the first space walk in deep space
  • The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association trade organization
  • U.S. Coast Guard aviation, which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary
  • Dale Myers, a leader of the U.S. space program at NASA in the 1970s who oversaw later Apollo missions and the development of Skylab and the space shuttle
  • The “non-skeds,” former World War II pilots who operated non- scheduled airlines in the post-war years
  • The nonprofit ORBIS International Flying Eye Hospital, which operates a DC-10 that includes a teaching facility and ophthalmic surgical center
  • America’s Aviation Family of Excellence: The Maloneys and Hintons, Warbird and Air Racing Legends, who preserve old aircraft, some the last of their type

“We’re especially pleased to honor this exemplary Class of 2016 because these pioneers have not only made significant contributions in air and space exploration, they’ve also become strong positive role models for today’s youth,” said Jim Kidrick, museum president and CEO.

“Aviation and space exploration, as embodied by the honorees in the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, directly represents the human pioneering spirit.”

There are more than 200 members of the Hall of Fame, including Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and Jimmy Doolittle.

Proceeds from the induction event will benefit the museum’s youth education programs.

–City News Service

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