By April 12, 2018Media Release

The Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) will add to its growing list of inductees with five individuals and Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) to be inducted in a Gala Ceremony in November 2017.

AAHOF’s Chairman, Steve Padgett, today announced the inductees. They include:
• Edward Connellan AO, CBE – highly respected NT aviator and businessman. Established the successful Connellan Airways in 1943;
• John Corby – distinguished aviation engineer and designer of the Corby Starlet;
• James Strong AO – highly regarded CEO and board member of Qantas Airways. Oversaw the successful merger of Australian Airlines (previously TAA) and Qantas;
• Bob Tait – renowned aviation educator and pilot;
• Nancy-Bird Walton AO, OBE – in 1934 the youngest woman to obtain a commercial licence in the British Empire and founder of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association.

Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) was one of the main driving forces that established Australia’s extensive post war airline network. Its success over many years grew Australia’s economy and employed thousands across the aviation industry.
“These five outstanding individuals and TAA join thirty-seven other individuals and six organizations in the Hall of Fame. All have made quite magnificent contributions in their respective fields for the major benefit of Australia, particularly regional and remote Australia,” Mr Padgett said.
The inductions will occur at a Gala Dinner to be held at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park Rail, NSW (south of Wollongong) on Saturday 25 November 2017. Invitations will be sent and tickets will be available from the AAHOF web site shortly. (
AAHOF’s motto: “To Honour the Past and Inspire the Future” reflects its twin aims of recognising those who have contributed to Australia’s great aviation and aerospace record as well as inspiring young people to become involved in the industry and be part of its future development.

For more information, call Geoff Breust 0417 698 336


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