Tribute to Harry Andonian

Buddy Crump congratulates Harry Andonian as being a part of the Hunt County Aviation Community.
Buddy Crump congratulates Harry Andonian as being a part of the Hunt County Aviation Community.

Buddy Crump and members of Greenville Airport Advisory Board extended a special tribute to Test Pilot Harry Andonian.  Buddy wanted to recognize Harry as part of the Hunt County Aviation community and a Majors Field booster.

Harry knew aviation legends Chuck Yeger, Neil Armstrong, Jimmy Doolittle and a host of others that are now enshrined in the Aviation Hall of Fame in Lancaster, California. Harry was inducted in 2009 to this prestigious group.

The City of Greenville honored Harry in 2011 by naming one of the streets entering Majors Field to Andonian Drive.

Mark McFarland, Teresa Stone, Larry Goss, James Satterwhite, Denis Mathis and a host of others coordinated this event for Harry.

Harry came to Greenville almost forty years ago after retiring from the United States Air Force as Colonel.  He has flown most of the aircraft in the Air Force inventory to include fighters, transport and the U-2 “spy” plane.  After retiring from the Air Force he went on to test for some of the largest aerospace manufactures in California that have facilities near Edwards Air Force Base.  Eventually he came to Greenville during the mid seventies and was chief test pilot for E-Systems. He was the test pilot for the Greenville built L-450, a high altitude recognizance airplane.

Today you will find Harry attending board meetings, flying his Bonanza locally, traveling the skies to see family in Florida or enjoying a round of golf at Oak Creek or Wright Park Golf Courses.

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