Timothy Talen, 2014 Vintage Hall of Fame Inductee
Timothy Talen, EAA 8615
Timothy Talen, founder of the Oregon Antique & Classic Aircraft Club and founding director of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society, is an aircraft restoration master. In addition to many partial restorations, Timothy has fully restored at least 20 airplanes, including seven Interstates, a Cessna 120, two Cubs, a 1932 Fairchild 22, and many more. His award-winning restorations have graced many covers of EAA’s Vintage Airplane magazine, and he has an uncanny ability to look at any antique part and name the aircraft it came from.
Tim’s father taught him to fly in an Aeronca Champ, and Tim earned his private pilot certificate in 1969. Since then, Tim has earned instrument, commercial, multiengine, and CFI ratings and certificates, as well as an A&P certificate. He served as an air traffic controller in Vietnam, and taught aircraft construction and technology at Lane Community College for five years, during which time his classes built a replica of Les Long’s Longster.
On Thursday evening a total of five aviators were inducted into the EAA Halls of Fame during the dinner in the Founders’ Wing. In addition to Timothy Talen those inducted included George Pereira (Homebuilders), Jay Wisler (Warbirds), Lowell Farrand (Ultralight), and the late Sammy Mason (IAC/Aerobatics). In addition, EAA presented the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award to Bob Havens of Appleton, Wisconsin, for his efforts on behalf of EAA and the local community. Bob has long been involved as a volunteer docent leader and tour guide at the AirVenture Museum, helping to establish a high standard for museum visitor experiences.