FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - It's biggest event of the year for the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
The 51st Annual Enshrinement Ceremony took place Friday night at the Hope Hotel, just off the grounds of Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The event was originally supposed to take place at the National Museum of the United States Air Force but was moved last minute due to the government shutdown.
More than 600 people bought tickets for the event but organizers say some people were displaced because the hope hotel is a smaller venue.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization and relies on donations to survive.
This year there was a record number of donors, 35.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center is located adjacent to the museum.
So, normally, organizers are able to showcase the building, as well as the National Aviation Hall of Fame's educational and outreach programs.
"This is as much a development opportunity as it is for us, on the coattails of honoring our 4 inductees. If we can show potential donors how we honor these inductees," explains National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Director Ron Kaplan.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame will remained closed as long as the government shutdown continues.
There are four inductees this year.
The late Charles Alfred Anderson, recognized as the father of African American aviation.
Major General Patrick H. Brady, who rescued more than 5,000 wounded while serving in the army and is a medal of honor recipient.
Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson, a retired navy fighter pilot, who flew combat in Southeast Asia and served as a flight test pilot before joining NASA's astronaut corps in 1978.
The late Dwane L. Wallace who spent 41 years with the Cessna Aircraft Company and served as chairman and C-E-O.
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