2002 Inductees  

Charles (Charley) H. Nogle
Charles H. Nogle, born on February 5, 1931, has been a lifetime resident of Illinois. Nogle is the owner of Nogle and Black Aviation, which was founded in 1963. The company restores and maintains Beechcraft T-34's. In an article in AOPA magazine, he is credited with saving the Beechcraft T- 34. Nogle also operates Tuscola Airport (K96), which is the only public use airport in Douglas County. No outside funds aid in the operation of the airport.

Mr. Nogle is involved in aviation outside of restoration as well. He learned to fly at the age of 16 in his uncle's Aircoup. Since that time, he has earned a multi-engine commercial pilot's certificate with an instrument rating. He is also a qualified Formation and Exhibition check pilot. Nogle has served on the Board of Directors of War birds of America, the E.A.A. Warbird Association, and the Cessna Pilots Association. At his hangar at Willard Airport, Nogle hosts an annual BBQ for the Illinois Pilots Association in an effort to boost the IPA's membership. This well-recognized pilot restored a T-34 that is now held in the Air Force Museum at Wright-Paterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. He holds a place in the E.A.A. Aviation Hall of Fame and in the Warbirds of American Hall of Fame. Our congratulations and appreciation is extended to Mr. Nogle as he adds the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame to his list of achievements.

Joan Kerwin
Joan Kerwin has been involved in aviation since 1969 when she received a Private Pilot Certificate. By 1978, she has added an Instrument Rating and a Commercial License. Kerwin has used her certificates for a variety of community events. She has flown in two Powder Puff Derbies, one of which was held to raise funds for the Peter Koehler YMCA in Naperville. She has also flown orientation flights for the Chicago Board of Education to convince board members of the value of aviation classes in public schools. She also has introduced various people to aviation in Illinois including pilots from Italy, France, and New Zealand.

Kerwin's participation in aviation organizations is extensive. She created Flying Companion in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation safety seminars in 1979, 1981 and 1983. From 1977 to 1983, Kerwin presented and co-chaired all-day safety seminars with Flying Companion Courses and IFR/VFR in the Chicago area. In 1983, she created an exhibit entitled "Women in Aviation" for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's Golden Jubilee. She was a founding member of the DuPage Pilot's Association and was the first executive vice president and a legislative chairman of International 99's.

No stranger to recognition and awards, Kerwin has received the Jane's Who's Who in Aerospace & Aviation (1983) and Accident Prevention Counselor of the Year GADO#3 (1985), among others.

Merrill Church "Babe" Meigs
Merrill Meigs was a visionary. In 1926, he was a guest of American Airlines on the first non-stop flight from Chicago to New York. In 1927, he was the first paying passenger on a U.S. Mail Plane. Meigs was among the first Chicagoans to realize the necessity of aviation promotion. In the same year, he began the aspiration that would later be transformed into Meigs Field. From 1931 to 1950, he was appointed and served as the Chairman of the Chicago Aero Commission. Meigs continued his civic contributions by serving as a Senior Consultant on Aviation to the War Board from 1942 - 1944. The Secretary of War appointed Meigs to represent him in around-the-world inspections of U.S. war surpluses as a member of the Army-Navy Foreign Surplus Liquidation Commission. Also in 1942, he was awarded an honorary membership in the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences.

Due to his pioneering and leadership in the field of aeronautics, the University of Chicago made him the recipient of a Citation. He was chairman of the board that selected the site to build Chicago's future airport site, which later developed into Chicago O'Hare International Airport. His political contributions continued as he actively lobbied Congress to create a separate branch of service for the Air Force. In 1946, Merrill C. Meigs was awarded the Presidential Medal for Merit.

It is clear that not only the City of Chicago and State of Illinois but also the nation owes a debt of gratitude to "Babe".

W.D. "Dip" Davis
"Dip" Davis has contributed greatly to Illinois aviation maintenance and general aviation as well. From 1953 to 1962, he was a maintenance supervisor for Fox Valley Aviation out of DuPage Airport. In 1962, he furthered his maintenance experience with Galt Flying Service until leaving in 1968. He added restoration to his list of abilities in 1968 when he was named director of Maintenance and Restoration (Warbirds) with Wm. Ross Enterprise, Inc. Throughout the years, Davis served as a director of Maintenance for multiple companies (mostly at DPA). Most recently, he was the director of Technical Operations- Superflite Division of Cooper Aviation Supply (now AAR).

In addition to his aviation jobs, Davis has been actively involved in community aviation as well. He is always available for counseling of general aviation aircraft owners and maintenance personnel on maintenance and restoration
projects. He is also a restoration team volunteer at Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum. Davis is also very involved in the E.A.A., writing several technical articles for E.A.A. publications, participating in E.A.A. fabric workshops and LA. Renewal Meetings on Fabric and Finish Forums, and serving as an instructor from 1991 to 1999 at the E.A.A. Adult Air Academy. The E.A.A. has also honored Davis with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 1994.

"Dip" Davis's contribution to Illinois aviation makes him more than deserving of a spot in the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame.

C. Gene Seibert has a long-standing commitment to Illinois aviation, which started when he graduated from Parks College in Cahokia in 1942 and went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation at O'Hare International Airport. From 1945 to 1950, he was the owner and operator of Midwestern Aero Service, Inc., at Carbondale Airport.

Continuing his involvement in southern Illinois aviation, he played a vital role in the founding of the Southern Illinois Airport Authority and the Southern Illinois Airport. In 1960, he sold Midwestern Aero Service to SlUe. This FBO helped to set the foundation of SlUe's well-known aviation degree program. Seibert served as the Air Institute's first director from 1960 to 1976. In 1976, he resigned from the position to become the full-time airport manager at MDH. He remained with Southern Illinois Airport until his retirement in 1982.

Even in retirement, Seibert has remained active through aviation consulting and as a visiting assistant professor with SlUe's Aviation Management Program. Seibert also shows leadership through his participation in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Through his aviation service, Seibert helped give the State of Illinois, MDH, and SIUC a good name in aviation. He helped give SIUC the national aviation presence that it enjoys today. For these and many other reasons, e. Gene Seibert is given the honor of the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame.

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