Four named for Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 10, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- A pilot who helped rescue hostages with a C-130 that now sits at the Museum of Aviation is among four people named Thursday to be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

According to a museum release, the inductees are Gordon Bellah, a World War II flight instructor and skydiving pioneer; David Garrett Jr., former president and chief executive officer of Delta Airlines; Johnny Kytle, an airmail and aerobatic pilot; and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Mack Secord, one of the first pilots who served in Vietnam.

In 1964, a C-130 now at the museum was flown by Secord to rescue missionaries in the Congo who were being held hostage. The plane was shot at by rebels as he took off with the hostages on board.

The hall is located at the museum and will have 104 members with the new inductees.

A banquet will be held April 26 at the museum with a reception at 6 p.m. and a dinner and program at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting Nicole Bissette at 478-328-0704, or email nbissette@museumofaviation.org.

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