We award many scholarships in honor of influential aviation personalities, often funded by their estate and their family and friends.
Honorees who have flown west:
Operated West Chester Airport (Brandywine) and Downingtown Airport (Shannon) in the 60’s and 70’s.
Aero Club President and long-time Bob Shannon Scholarship fund trustee. Member of Aero Club for over 50 years. Passed away in 2013.
Local aviation legend, World War II veteran and a lifelong flyer and mechanic. Managed the Chester County Airport for almost 40 years and owned a P-51, FM2 and a T6.
Peter York Wood
Aviation idealist and visionary, past officer and longest continuous member of Aero Club. Operated Benedict Airport. Compiled first nationwide Air Travel Guide.
Not a licensed pilot, but an ardent supporter and role model for both her son and grandson as they pursued their careers in aviation, both of whom received Aero Club scholarships. Millie was a loving, caring, outgoing lady with a zeal that attracted others to her.
C. Robert Mills, Jr
Operated the Philadelphia Seaplane Base at Essington for over 50 years. Naval Aviator in WWII, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the operation in the Leyte Gulf. The Bob Mills Memorial Scholarship is in the process of raising funds for this award. You may donate funds in Bob’s name with your donation to the Aero Club.
Brig Gen Bruce Thompson, Ret.
Recent past president of Aero Club, current airline pilot. 32 years of service with Delaware National Guard as a C-130 Pilot.
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Instructor, pilot, mechanic, and engineer. Taught advanced navigation to the RAF during WWII. Operated ferry service and completed over 300 ocean crossings.
Flew hydrogen balloons in the 50’s and 60’s and set 15 world records. First woman to cross the Alps in a balloon. Had a life-long love of aviation, adventure and public service.
Longtime local fixed wing and helicopter pilot and Ninety-Nine. Became well known within the local aviation community.