Barbara Barrett, who was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame via video in 2020, is the former United States Secretary of the Air Force and a businesswoman, attorney and diplomat.
Barbara Barrett, the former United States Secretary of the Air Force and a businesswoman, attorney and diplomat, will be honored in person at the 2021 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Gala at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on Nov. 20, the Museum announced today.
Barbara Barrett and Tammie Jo Shults, a retired Southwest Airlines pilot and one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, were introduced as the International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2020 during a special video conference last year.
“Barbara Barret and Tammie Jo Shults are two groundbreaking and truly remarkable female aviators, and both deserve to be recognized in person for their accomplishments,” said Jim Kidrick, President and CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “We’re thrilled Barbara Barrett and Tammie Jo Shults will be joining us for this year’s Hall of Fame Celebration because it will give us the opportunity to properly honor them and afford them the recognition they deserve.”
In addition to being the former United States Secretary of the Air Force, business woman, attorney, and diplomat, Barrett is an instrument-rated pilot and cattle and bison rancher. As the 25th Secretary of the Air Force, Barrett she was in charge of the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, comprising the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. She also is the former chair of the Aerospace Corporation and a member on the boards of California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, RAND Corporation, Smithsonian Institution, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and the Lasker Foundation.
Barrett and Shults, along with the entire 2021 Class of the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, will be honored on Nov. 20.
The 2021 International Air & Space Hall of Fame class includes:
Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); the Commemorative Air Force, which has the world’s definitive and largest collection of Warbirds; Eileen Collins, the amazing first female commander of the Space Shuttle and the first person to fly the Shuttle to two different space stations; Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 Moonwalker – the youngest and tenth man to walk on the Moon – and CAPCOM for the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing; FedEx, the world’s largest full-service, all-cargo airline and an industry pioneer in its use of aviation in its delivery systems, with Founder and CEO Fred Smith present and accepting; Bryan Moss, President Emeritus of Gulfstream Aerospace, and former President and Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Group General Dynamics Corporation; and Dee O’Hara, the official nurse to the Mercury Seven astronauts and an astronaut nurse during America’s groundbreaking Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs.
The International Air & Space Hall of Fame is the most prestigious induction of its kind in the world and is composed of hundreds of air and space pioneers, engineers, inventors and innovators, along with adventurers, scientists and industry leaders. NASA Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts and Russian cosmonauts are honored in the Hall, as well as famous legends such as the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart. Notable inductees also include Buzz Aldrin, Chuck Yeager, Igor Sikorsky, Wernher von Braun, Jack Northrop, Jackie Cochran, William Boeing, Sr., Reuben H. Fleet, Glenn Curtiss, Walter Zable Sr., Fran Bera, Wally Schirra, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, T. Claude Ryan, Jimmy Doolittle, Bob Hoover, Ellen Ochoa, Peggy Whitson, Linden Blue, Jeff Bezos, Patty Wagstaff, and many more. See the following link: http://sandiegoairandspace.org/exhibits/online-exhibit-page/international-air-space-hall-of-fame.
More than 600 national and international business, aviation and space leaders are anticipated to attend the 2021 International Air & Space Hall of Fame Celebration, including prominent representatives and Hall of Fame members from prior years. Tickets are available on the Museum’s website at http://sandiegoairandspace.org/calendar/event/2021-international-air-space-hall-of-fame-celebration.