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Founders of Cirrus Design to be Enshrined in Aviation Hall of Fame

Created: 12/17/2013 11:07 PM WDIO.com

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Apollo astronaut is among six people being inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio next year.

Retired Brig. Gen. James McDivitt served as command pilot for Apollo 9 and later managed the Apollo Spacecraft Program for NASA.

Also among inductees announced Tuesday are Cirrus Design founders Alan and Dale Klapmeier and flight instructor Emily Howell Warner. Warner was hired by Frontier Airlines in 1973 as the first female captain of a scheduled, jet-equipped U.S. airline.

Two deceased pilots also are being honored. Bertrand "Bert" Acosta built his first plane in 1910 and was among the nation's first test pilots. Sylvester "Steve" Wittman built aircraft, managed the Oshkosh, Wis., airport and competed in his final air race at age 85.

The induction is Oct. 4 in Dayton.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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