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2017 Inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame

National Aviation Hall of FameRobert J. “Bob” Gilliland is one of four 2017 inductees into the National Aviation Hall of Fame who will be honored at the 55th Annual NAHF Enshrinement & Ceremony on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Inductees in the NAHF Class of 2017 are; Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., USMC (Ret), four-time Shuttle astronaut and former NASA Administrator; the late Captain Scott Carpenter, USN, one of the original ‘Mercury 7’ astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth; Robert J. Gilliland, pioneering super-sonic SR-71 program test pilot; and the late Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the revolutionary turbojet engine.

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Read more about the Four Legends of Air and Space Selected to Serve as Presenters at 2017 National Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony.


Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland to be Grand Marshal of the 51st Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Golf Cart Parade

51st Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Theme “Area 51: Palm Desert is Out of this World”

Grand Marshal: Robert “Bob” Gilliland
California Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee and First Man to Fly the World’s Fastest and Highest Airplane – the SR-71 Blackbird and Palm Desert Resident

Sunday, October 25, 2015 – Parade Steps off at 1pm

Experience the spectacular color, pageantry and fun as scores of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down Palm Desert’s famous shop-’til-you-drop El Paseo, in the first major event of the season!

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The Desert Sun – Former test pilot to lead golf cart parade: Read Story


California Aviation Hall of Fame

Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland was recently inaugurated as one of four 2015 inductees into the California Aviation Hall of Fame. The honor was bestowed at the 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner on April 25, 2015 at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California.

The California Aviation Hall of Fame was established and registered with the Secretary of State of California in 2010 as a subsidiary of the Museum of Flying with the mission to recognize, commemorate and educate the public on the most influential individuals that made a significant impact on the growth and development of the aviation and aerospace.

At the event, the inductees received a medallion and a permanent exhibit case was unveiled featuring their awards, decorations, photos and personal memorabilia. Other 2015 honorees are Iris Cummings Critchell, Lt. Col. Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton, Jr., and Burt Rutan.


Biography in Production

Well-known author and historian Keith Dunnavant is currently working on a biography about Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland. Dunnavant has penned five non-fiction books, founded a series of magazines, and produces documentary films. His journalism has spanned three genres including sports, business and general interest. The Gilliland biography is currently in production with an expected release date in 2016 or 2017.


SR-71 Symposium

Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland was part of the panel for a special SR-71 Symposium, during the SR-71 Weekend at March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. This successful event was held April 18-19 and attended by SR-71 crewmembers and their families, museum members and guests. Video of the symposium can be viewed here.