Actor and pilot Michael Dorn will serve as the master of ceremonies for the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 46th Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony. The event will take place in Dayton, Ohio, on July 21.
The NAHF will honor five American pioneers of flight for their contributions to aviation. They join the roster of 190 men and women previously honored. The induction class of 2007 includes Walter J. Boyne, former director of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, aviation historian and best-selling author; globetrotting adventurer Steve Fossett, who holds numerous world records in balloons, gliders and powered aircraft; Evelyn Bryan Johnson, a flight instructor who has logged more flight hours, trained more pilots and given more FAA exams than any other pilot; Sally K. Ride, America’s first woman in space, aboard NASA’s STS-7 shuttle mission; and Frederick W. Smith, former USMC combat pilot and innovative founder of FedEx Corporation. All five will attend to personally accept their honor.
Dorn, a native of Texas, grew up in Pasadena, Calif. An active pilot for nearly 20 years, he’s owned and flown ex-military jet aircraft such as a T-33 trainer, F-86 Sabre and North American Sabreliner. He also serves on the board of the Air Force Heritage Foundation.
Dorn is best known for his role as the Klingon, Lt. Worf, in “Star Trek.” His early acting career included a regular spot on “ChiPs” and a part as Apollo Creed’s bodyguard in “Rocky.” He’s appeared in various movies including “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” and “The Deep Below,” on which he served as associate producer.
In addition to acting, Dorn provides voiceover work for a number of animated productions and video games. He recently narrated “Red Tail Reborn,” the acclaimed 2007 documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s formal black-tie NAHF ceremony, including leaders from the civil and military aviation industry, government officials, former enshrinees and aviation enthusiasts from around the U.S. Among a number of previous enshrinees expected to attend are astronaut Joe Engle, aerobatic legend Patty Wagstaff, test pilot Joe Kittinger, Experimental Aircraft Association founder Paul Poberezny and record-setter Dick Rutan.
For more information, call 937-256-0944, ext. 10, or visit [http://www.nationalaviation.org].