September 14, 1921|
Leavenworth County, Kansas
|Died||August 22, 2013
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Known for||Founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association|
Paul Howard Poberezny (September 14, 1921 – August 22, 2013) was an American aviator and aircraft designer. He founded the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1953, and spent the greater part of his life promoting homebuilt aircraft.
Experimental Aircraft Association
Poberezny started the EAA out of his Hales Corners, Wisconsin home in 1953. He retired as EAA President in 1989, remaining as Chairman of the organization until 2009. As of 2013, the organization had approximately 170,000 members in more than 100 countries. EAA's annual convention and fly-in, known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, attracts a total attendance in excess of 500,000 people annually.
Paul's son Tom Poberezny was the Chairman of the annual Experimental Aircraft Association annual Fly-In Convention since 1977, and was president of EAA from 1989 to September 7, 2010. In March 2009, Paul Poberezny stepped down as Chairman of EAA and his son took on these duties as well.
Poberezny served for 30 years in the United States Air Force, including active duty during World War II and the Korean War. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He attained all seven aviation wings offered by the military:glider pilot, service pilot, rated pilot, liaison pilot, senior pilot, Army aviator and command pilot.
Poberezny flew over 500 aircraft types, including over 170 home-built planes. He started flying at the age of 16 with the gift of a WACO Primary Glider that he rebuilt and taught himself to fly in. He designed, modified, and built several home-built aircraft and had more than 30,000 hours of flight time in his career. Aircraft that he designed and built include:
In 1986 Poberezny was inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he was inducted to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. He received the National Business Aviation Association's 2001 Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation, and the 2002 Wright Memorial Award Trophy. In 2008 the Wisconsin Historical Society named him as a "Wisconsin History Maker," recognizing his unique contributions to the state's history.
In 1996 Poberezny teamed with his daughter Bonnie, her husband Chuck Parnall, and Bill Blake to write Poberezny: The Story Begins, a recounting of the early years of Paul and Audrey, including the founding of EAA.
- Don Berliner (Winter 1971). "Flying more than 100 different homebuilts". Air Trails.
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- EEA Founder Paul Poberezny Passes at 91
- Official EAA biography
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- Biography at FirstFlight.org (verified 3/2006)
- Wright Award announcement (verified 3/2006)
- Biography at aviationhalloffamewisconsin.com (verified 3/2006)