John W. Vasey, Jr.

Year Inducted: 1996

Year Of Birth: 1912

Year Of Death: 2005

Montana native John Vasey began flying in 1927 in Minnesota. He taught aerobatics to Army Air Corps cadets at the Tex Rankin Aviation School in California. After World War I he perfected his own aerobatic techniques, using a big Stearman biplane. He built several air show airplanes, including the T-Craft flown by Duane Cole.

In 1947 Vasey co-founded Austin Aero Service, which teaches GI Bill flight training. He has now retired from active flying but flies radio-controlled aircraft as a hobby.