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15th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala Honorees

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY AWARD - Alan Bean

Alan LaVern Bean (born March 15, 1932), (CAPT, USN, Ret.), is an American former naval officer and Naval Aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon.

Alan Bean was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. He served as backup astronaut for the Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions.

Captain Bean was lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, mans second lunar landing. In November 1969, Captain Bean and Captain Pete Conrad landed in the moons Ocean of Storms after a flight of some 250,000 miles. They explored the lunar surface, deployed several lunar surface experiments, and installed the first nuclear power generator station on the moon to provide the power source. Captain Richard Gordon remained in lunar orbit photographing landing sites for future missions.

Captain Bean was spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II (SL-3), July 29 to September 25, 1973. With him on the 59-day, 24,400,000 mile world record setting flight were scientist-astronaut Dr. Owen K. Garriott and Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jack R. Lousma. Mission II accomplished 150% of its pre-mission forecast goals.

On his next assignment, Captain Bean was backup spacecraft commander of the United States flight crew for the joint American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

Captain Bean has logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in spaceof which 10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the moon and in earth orbit. Captain Bean has flown 27 types of military aircraft as well as many civilian airplanes. He has logged more than 7,145 hours flying timeincluding 4,890 hours in jet aircraft. Captain Bean retired from the Navy in October 1975 but continued as head of the Astronaut Candidate Operations and Training Group within the Astronaut Office in a civilian capacity.

Bean resigned from NASA in June 1981 to devote his full time to painting. He said his decision was based on the fact that, in his 18 years as an astronaut, he was fortunate enough to visit worlds and see sights no artists eye, past or present, has ever viewed firsthand and he hopes to express these experiences through the medium of art. He is pursuing this dream at his home and studio in Houston.


LEROY R. GRUMMAN AWARD - Daniel Kearns

Mr. Kearns is a graduate of Villanova University (B.S., Economics-1989) and holds supplementary education certificates from The New York Institute of Finance.

As a part time employee, Daniel spent his school recess periods working at B. H. Aircraft Company between the ages of 16 and 22 years. During this tour of duty, Mr. Kearns held numerous direct labor and office positions.

Upon completion of undergraduate studies, Mr. Kearns joined aerospace leader Grumman Corporation (now Northrop Grumman Corporation) in 1990 as a contract administrator under the F-14 Tomcat Program.  In this capacity, Mr. Kearns gained an education in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and performed proposal preparation and negotiation efforts in association with F-14D, F-14D(R) and F-14 Quick Strike configurations.

Mr. Kearns joined B. H. Aircraft Company as a full time employee in 1994 as Contracts Manager and was promoted to Vice President in 1997.  In 1999, he was appointed as Executive Vice President.

Mr. Kearns serves on the Board of Directors of his company and Production Cable Industries (Bohemia, NY), and is an active member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).


DONALD E. AXINN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - TBA