Ken Jernstedt of Hood River will be inducted to the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame, in a ceremony on July 19 in Cottage Grove.
Jernstedt received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service as a Flying Tiger pilot in World War II. Jernstedt, 86, served for 20 years as state legislator from Hood River County, and is former mayor of Hood River. In 2001, the Hood River airport was renamed Ken Jernstedt Airfield.
This is the fifth year that the Oregon Aviation Historical Society has named aviators to the hall. Myron Buswell of Independence will be co-inductee.
“What makes it unusual this year is that the two inductees are alive,” said Tom Bodell of the society, which was formed in June 1983 to collect, preserve, restore and exhibit Oregon aviation artifacts and is currently the only state-wide organization dedicated to preserving Oregon’s aviation history. In the past, all nominees have been dead. This will also be the first year that two people have been inducted.
The ceremony will take place at the History Center at Cottage Grove Airport, where Society memorabilia, historic artifacts and airplanes are kept.
The Society is run by a Board of Directors which accepts a committee’s recommendations for the Hall of Fame, from a list of people who have contributed to Oregon aviation.