Bridges, Jr.
Major General Roy D. Bridges, Jr.

The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Directors is proud to announce that the following people have been selected for induction on April 26, 2014.

Elliott Gordon Zachary Bellah    1906-1996

Gordon Bellah became interested in aviation in the 1920’s.  After learning to fly at Atlanta’s Candler Field, Bellah barnstormed for many years.  During World War II, Bellah was a Flight Instructor at the 63rd Flight Training School at Douglas, Georgia, teaching aviation cadets to fly the Stearman PT-17 “Kaydet” primary trainer.  After the war Bellah continued flight instruction, and by 1964 he had logged 10,000 hours.  As “Dean” of aviation at the Bellah School of Aeronautics in Stockbridge, Georgia, Bellah was credited with turning out more pilots than any other flight instructor in the southeast.  Early in his career, he built Bellah Airport at his home, about 18 miles southeast of Atlanta.  One of the first skydiving schools in the south was at Bellah Field.  It is believed that many modern parachute innovations evolved based on what was leaned there.  Gordon Bellah continued to promote aviation until his death at age 90, and many aviation careers were launched under his tutelage.

 

David C. Garrett, Jr.     1922-2012

Born on July 6, 1922, David C. Garrett, Jr. served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.   After the war he hired on with Delta Air Lines as a reservations agent.  He worked his way up through the ranks, becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, and later serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  For over 41 years, Garrett helped Delta Air Lines grow from a regional carrier into the nation's fourth largest airline.  He was a respected leader and made many contributions to Delta Air Lines.  He remained a member of the Board of Directors until 1994.  Garrett was a man committed to his country, his community, his family, and to Delta Air Lines.  In 2009, A Boeing 777-200 LR bearing his name and signature was dedicated.  He loved Delta and its people until the day he died.

 

 

Johnny S. Kytle   1905-1931

Johnny Kytle served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during the 1920s before returning to Georgia to perform crop dusting and aerial advertising flights.  Hired by the Pitcairn Aviation Company in 1927, Kytle was one of the pilots who helped inaugurate the first air mail service between New York and Atlanta.  While employed by Pitcairn (subsequently Eastern Air Transport) he flew nearly 6,000 hours, much of it on air mail flights.  Kytle had the reputation of being one of the finest air mail and stunt pilots of his time.  His love of flying and natural skill allowed him to perform aerobatics with ease and precision, often performing stunts for onlookers as he arrived from a mail run.  Kytle’s short career flying air mail helped set the standards that we know in modern air mail service. The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport can thank its very existence to the early efforts of these pilots.

 

Lt. Colonel Mack D. Secord    1931-present

During 22 years of active duty as an Air Force pilot, Mack Secord served as a T-6 Mosquito pilot in Korea, a research pilot in T-33 and F-86D aircraft, and as instructor in the C-130.  In addition, he was among the first USAF pilots to serve in Vietnam when he was assigned duty as a Forward Air Controller in L-19/O-1A aircraft in January 1963.  In November 1964, he flew one of 12 mission aircraft in Operation Dragon Rouge, a joint USAF-Belgian operation to rescue hostages from Stanleyville, Congo.  Retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Secord moved to Atlanta, where he spent the next 20 years as an electric utility executive.  In 1985, he joined Angel Flight as one of its first pilots and later served as one of its board members.  In 2008, he was given the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from Angel Flight, and hence forth it was named the Mack Secord Award in his honor.