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Former Huron resident inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation

Posted: Saturday, Jul 6th, 2013

Charter member of the Living Legends of Aviation and past Senator of South Dakota, George McGovern was awarded the Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award in 2007.  With McGovern is David Greschke, nominated and sponsored by McGovern. IN Tn the next photo, in 1964, Senator George McGovern and Governor Karl Mundt  congratulated the two representatives to Boys Nation from South Dakota,  Ralph Farrar, Rapid City, and David Greschke, Huron. (President Bill Clinton was a member of that same 1963 Boys Nation group). PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

David Greschke was inducted into the “Living Legends of Aviation” at the 10th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation” Awards. The “Living Legends of Aviation” are an exclusive group of 100 highly accomplished people of aviation.

Among the criteria defining “Living Legends of Aviation” are: aviation entrepreneurs, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, innovators, pilots that have become celebrities and celebrities that have become pilots.  

 George McGovern was a Charter member of the “Living Legends of Aviation” organization and was David Greschke’s “Sponsoring Legend.”  (see McGovern “Living Legends of Aviation Flown West on YouTube). A highly decorated B-24 Captain of WWII and a recipient of the “Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award,” McGovern also sponsored Greschke in 1963 at Boys Nation when McGovern was serving in the U.S. Senate.  

David Greschke, a Huron native, was an F-4 and F-15 pilot with 150 missions in Viet Nam.   Colonel Greschke served an extraordinary career in the USAF and after 22 years, retired from the USAF and went on to work for the next 20 years for the Air Force Research Laboratory as the lead research testbed engineer and Engineering Manager at the Warfighter Readiness Research Division developing advanced distributed mission training technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Air Force and many NATO nations.

 Greschke graduated from Huron High School Class of 1964, received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota State University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Recently retired, he and his wife Debra live in Flagstaff, Ariz. 

 The Annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” is produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children and inspiring them to pursue careers in aviation. For more information, contact livinglegendsofaviation.org.


For the complete article see the 07-05-2013 issue.

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