AAHOF was formed in 2011 with an aim to recognise people and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to civil aviation in Australia and Australians who have made an outstanding contribution internationally. Not only outstanding contributions of the past, but to also inspire future generations to achieve excellence in all they do and further develop aviation for all.
Henry was nominated by Airtourer Association member Deb Evans and his family were in attendance to accept the honour, with daughter Helen making the following acceptance speech.
Mayor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, members of the AAHOF Board and Sponsors of AAHOF, on behalf of my family, those here today and those unable to be here, a big thank you.
Dad would be very proud and delighted to receive this award. Thank you for the honour.
Today, Rick and I had the joy of flying in a formation of Victa Airtourers from Temora to Wagga Wagga. It was a superb experience, plus we shared in the commarderie of the Airtourer Association. These are people who love and delight in the aerodynamic beauty of this plane.
The flight took me back to my childhood flights with Dad. As a refugee immigrant he loved this country, this big country, and he loved flying. He was a passionate man, a larger than life character. He had a big picture vision for the future and was determined to achieve it. Indeed he needed this to overcome so many obstacles in his life.
He could see the future, he could picture the future, the possibilities. He would be delighted with the establishment of the Hall of Fame. He dared to envisage and pursue aeronautical production in Australia, aeronautical design in Australia. He saw Australia as part of an international canvas.
If Dad was here today, he would challenge us, he would say ‘Celebrate the past and create the future’. Create a great future, of industry with design, fact and science not doubt or evasion, of smart policies with the right programs and frameworks. He would call for a Minister for Science, for Industry, for Manufacturing. He would say ‘Think Big!! Celebrate the past and create the future.’ It is indeed up to us.
The Millicer family and AAHOF Board Members with the Certificate of Induction.
L to R: Jennifer Graham (Board Member), Albert and Sebastian Hempel (Henry's grandsons), Helen Millicer (daughter), Marcus Hempel (Seb’s son), Richard Millicer (son) and Jeff Boyd, (Board Member and Chairman of the Board of CASA.)
More history on Henry Millicer and the development of the Airtourer can be found in Newsletter 81 on page 7.