Ralph D. "Hoot" Gibson and William S. Underwood, both of Tucson, Darrell A. Sawyer of Paradise Valley and the late Robert W. Waltz join more than 50 others in the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, including decorated former Navy pilot and current Arizona Sen.
, who grew up in Gilbert, earned his
private pilot's license at 17 and turned a $1,600 loan into a multimillion-dollar aviation company. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War as an F-86 mechanic and later was an instructor at Arizona State University.
long career, Sawyer
trained more than 5,000 pilots. In 1961, he started the Sawyer School of Aviation at Deer Valley Airport.
The company later expanded to include aircraft sales, maintenance and charter flying and became Sawyer Aviation.
Waltz enlisted in the Army right after Pearl Harbor and soon joined the 390th Bombardment Group
From a base in England, he
flew more than 30 combat missions and, after earning stateside leave, volunteered to fly 10 more combat missions.