Wisconsin Aviation HOF to Induct Five in October
September 1, 2011 –The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame will induct five new members at its ceremony next month at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. They include Daniel Donovan, Bill Rewey, Dennis Sullivan, and, posthumously, Marc Mitscher and Steve Shalbreck.
Donovan, of Green Bay, worked as a flight instructor in Milwaukee and then became a pilot for Republic/Northwest Airlines from 1954 to 1986. He has served as an aviation safety counselor and has been active with the Civil Air Patrol’s safety training programs since 1980.
Rewey, of Marshfield, is known as “Mr. Pietenpol,” having built three of the aircraft as well as provided advice and assistance on dozens of other projects. Rewey also published many Pietenpol how-to building articles and served as a coordinator for Pietenpol events in Brodhead, Wisconsin, and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Brig. Gen. Sullivan, of Chippewa Falls, is a 1950 Naval Academy graduate who in 1962 was chosen to pilot a Mach 3-plus A-12 reconnaissance airplane (precursor to the SR-71) to replace the U-2 for the CIA’s Project OxCart. He flew top-secret missions for five years, including combat missions in “Project Black Shield” over North Vietnam. He returned to regular Air Force duties in 1968, accumulating 7,000 hours in dozens of aircraft.
2011 Pioneer inductee Marc Mitscher, of Hillsboro, became naval aviator No. 33 in 1916 and was a crewmember on a Navy trans-Atlantic flight in 1919. He made his first takeoff and landing from the USS Saratoga in 1928, and served as the First Commander of the USS Hornet in 1941, launching Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo. Mitscher also served at Midway, Guadalcanal, and at Leyte, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa before passing away in 1947.
Another posthumous Pioneer inductee, Steve Shalbreck, of Pine Lake, worked at the Rhinelander airport from 1925-1959, and was the first manager of the Rhinelander airport at its present site. He operated Rhinelander Airways and also ran the first air ambulance service in northern Wisconsin, flying polio victims to treatment facilities. An active flight instructor, Shalbreck passed away in 1986.
The 2011 induction ceremony is set for Saturday evening, October 29, and is open to the public. For more information, contact WAHF’s Richard Fischler at 262-370-5714 or via e-mail.