AAA Founder/President Named 2010 NAA "Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman Of Aviation", here are photos of the trip to the National Air and Space Museum and the awards ceremony. All photos by Caroline Sheen.
Robert Taylor visiting with Dorothy Cochrane (L), curator of the Aeronautics Department of the National Air and Space Museum. RLT's daughter Holly Beck listens in.
Looking over Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega. RLT owned one of the few extant Vegas for years, selling it in 1983.
Visiting with noted aviation historian R.E.G. Davies about his book TACA: An Airline and its Aircraft. RLT photographed many TACA airplanes while on duty with the 24th Fighter Sqd., 6th AF in Panama during WWII.
With Walt Boyne, NAA Chairman, author and former director of NASM. Walt Boyne was named an NAA Elder Statesman of Aviation in 1998.
Caroline Sheen, Photography and Illustrations Editor of Air & Space magazine gave RLT and Holly Beck a personal tour of the NASM.
RLT's "fan club" at the NAA presentation of the Elder Statesman of Aviation banquet included Caroline Sheen, Holly Beck, RLT, AAA members Anne Fichera, Margaret Nola, Joe Fichera and Mike Pangia. Also in attendance was AAA member Ken Hyde.
Accepting his award and joining the class of the 2010 NAA Elder Statesman of Aviation; Gene Krantz (NASA director), Barry Valentine (former acting Administrator FAA) and Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf (director National Museum of the U.S. Air Force).