Connie Bowlin Inducted Into Hall of Fame

    Established by EAA, the Sport Aviation Halls of Fame recognize the accomplishments and contributions of aviation’s pioneers. Since 1953, EAA and its members have been leaders and innovators in all aspects of recreational aviation—from homebuilding to warbirds, vintage to ultralights, aerobatics to flight instruction. While their interests are diverse, EAA members share a singular passion for the freedom that flight offers, and through the contributions they’ve made, aviation as a whole has benefited. To recognize these contributions, each year EAA inducts a new class of members into its Halls of Fame, each of them nominated by their peers.

    On Friday, October 24, during a special ceremony in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar, seven special aviators were inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame, including EAA Warbirds of America inductee Connie Bowlin.

    Connie grew up on a tobacco farm in Kernersville, North Carolina. After graduating from Winston-Salem Business College in 1970, she began her flying career as a Delta Air Lines flight attendant. While working as a flight attendant, she obtained her private, commercial, and airline transport pilot certificates and her multiengine and instrument ratings. In March 1978 she became the fourth female pilot hired by Delta—one of the first 50 women pilots hired by a major carrier. Connie flew as a second officer on the Boeing 727, was a copilot on the DC-9 and the Boeing 767/757, and then moved up to captain on the DC-9 in 1990. She retired from Delta Air Lines in 2003 as a Boeing 767/757 captain.

    Connie flew the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast for several years, starting when it first went on tour in 1994. She has more than 18,000 flight hours in more than 70 types of aircraft and is currently the only woman flying the B-17. She holds various type ratings and is authorized to fly a wide range of high-performance single- and multiengine aircraft, including the P-51 Mustang, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, North American T-28 Trojan, Lockheed T-33, and British Aerospace Jet Provost. In her spare time she writes aviation articles and has been published in several well-known aviation magazines.

    Her involvement with warbird aircraft and aviation history and her friendships with many veterans led Connie to develop the website Aviation Autographs (www.AviationAutographs.com) to market autographed aviation books and prints. She also has been the driving force behind the popular program Warbirds in Review, which showcases significant warbird aircraft and pilots during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

    Connie said her love for warbirds started with flying the planes. But as she’s met the people behind the planes, she has become more and more enamored with the people. “These individuals have such a sense of duty. You get pulled into it by the history and their dedication….”

    Connie and her husband, Ed, reside in Griffin, Georgia.

    EAA Warbirds of America is proud to welcome Connie Bowlin to its Hall of Fame and thanks her for her many years of dedicated service.

    EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame Inductees

    2008 Connie Bowlin

    2007 Wilson Connell Edwards

    2006 Jack Harrington
    Daryl Lenz

    2005 Steve Hinton
    Kermit Weeks

    2004 Howard Pardue

    2003 Chuck Doyle
    Lloyd Nolen

    2002 Frank Sanders

    2001 Linc Dexter
    Ed Maloney

    2000 Dave Schlingman

    1999 William Dodds
    Richard Ervin

    1998 Randy Sohn
    John Ellis

    1997 Sue Parrish
    Rudy Frasca
    Jeff Ethell

    1996 Dick Dieter
    Charlie Nogle

    1995 Paul Poberezny
    Walt Ohlrich Jr.
    John Baugh Jr.
    Bill Harrison Jr.
    G.L. “Jerry” Walbrun

 

   

     
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