Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 15, 2011
WHITSON TO IOWA HALL OF FAME
Beaconsfield native Dr. Peggy WHITSON will take her place beside over 65 other notable Iowans as a member of the Iowa
Aviation Hall of Fame in a ceremony Saturday, June 18.
Dr. WHITSON will be honored for her contributions to the space
There will be an open house in her honor at the Iowa Aviation Museum, home of the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame,
located just north of Greenfield at the Greenfield Airport on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The induction ceremony will
be at 2 p.m., after which Dr. WHITSON will speak. Everyone is invited to attend.
Dr. WHITSON has accumulated 377 days in space, the most for any U.S. astronaut and 20th among all space veterans.
She has performed a total of six career spacewalks, adding up to 39 hours, 46 minutes, more than any other woman.
She is currently serving as chief of the Astronaut Corps, responsible for the mission preparation activities of all
Space Shuttle and International Space Station crews and their support personnel. She is the first woman to hold this
Other members in the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame include Eugene ELY, the first person to fly
an airplane off the deck of a ship; Clarence CHAMBERLIN, the first person to take a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean;
Neta SNOOK SOUTHERN, the person who taught Amelia EARHART to fly, and Walter CUNNINGHAM, the first astronaut from Iowa.
Colonel George "Bud" DAY, the other of this year's honorees, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 1.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2011