Aviation Hall of Fame Featuring Astronaut Jon McBride Coming to Harrison County

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | August 04, 2018
By Jeff Toquinto.  Another big name is on its way to the Robinson Grand in downtown Clarksburg. This time, however, it’s part of a private event honoring West Virginia’s leaders in aviation and aerospace.
According to North Central West Virginia Airport Director Rick Rock, former NASA Astronaut and Retired United States Navy Captain Jon A. McBride will serve as a guest speaker at the 2018 West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame and West Virginia Wall of Valor Induction Ceremony. It’s part of the three-day West Virginia Aviation Conference being hosted by the North Central West Virginia Airport.
The event will take place Monday evening. Individuals are expected to arrive at the event after having dinner at the Bridgeport Conference Center at roughly 7:30 p.m.
“Captain McBride will be providing discussion about his life and comments about the inductees for the  2018  class,” said Rock. “I think he’s also going to talk on what being in the Hall of Fame means to him as part of him making the presentation to the 2018 Hall of Fame Class.”
The names of the 2018 Class will be revealed that evening, as will the Wall of Valor recipients. McBride is a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class of inductees from 2014 as this marks the fifth year of inductions. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are featured with plaques in the lobby of the North Central West Virginia Airport.
McBride is a West Virgina native. He was born in Charleston and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1960. The 74-year-old then attended West Virginia University and then U.S. Naval Postgraduate school wher he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1971.
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