Ex Senator, Pioneering Astronaut Inducted into San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame

by Morgan Montalvo

WOAI NewsRadio

San Antonio's  Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame last evening inducted its second  round of local notables, including the first African American in space  and America's first Latina military pilot.

Along with  Dr. Bernard Harris and retired USAF Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, the hall of  fame inducted former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for her support in  the the creation of Port San Antonio following the closure of Kelly Air  Force Base in the 1990s.

Proceeds from  the annual event benefit aviation science and Science, Technology,  Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at schools mostly in  under-served areas of San Antonio, said Wayne Fagan, chair of the Dee  Howard Foundation and one of the hall of fame's founders.

Also invited  to the banquet were 40 local area middle- and high school students  studying aviation-related subjects. Fagan said providing the students  with opportunities to meet aviation and aerospace notables, as well as  visit airports and aviation production and maintenance centers, opens  their minds to important and well-paying careers.

 Fagan touted  as one of the foundation's most recent successes its work at San  Antonio ISD's Rhodes Middle School, a technology magnet campus. Rhodes  currently is in a year-long partnership with the foundation, which  provides students and teachers with funding for aviation and aerospace  career exploration, field trips, special lesson materials and flight  simulators.

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