BLAKESBURG — Bob Taylor, founder of the Antique Airplane Association, was honored on June 28 with a 90th birthday celebration at the Antique Airfield near Blakesburg.
Taylor, who served with the U.S. Air Force in both W orld War II and the Korean conflict, has been instrumental in preserving antique aircraft and the history of early aviation in this country.
Nearly 150 guests including members of the AAA, volunteers from the Blakesburg Fire Department and other local organizations which help with the annual Fly-In, and friends and family joined in the daylong celebration for the Ottumwa native. Special guests included his two sons, his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those in attendance shared memories of the past 61 years since the AAA was founded in 1953 and made plans for the 61st Fly-in, which will be held at the Antique Airfield from Aug. 27 through Sept. 4.
Taylor was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame in 1994 and received the 2010 Elder Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C. He is also a recipient of the Education Award from the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Founders’ Award from the Experimental Aircraft Association. He continues to oversee AAA operations and the Airpower Museum and serves as editor and publisher of the organization’s news publications.