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Wichita photographer to be inducted into San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Hall of Fame

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Sep. 6, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.

Wichita-based aerial photographer Paul Bowen has been selected as a 2013 inductee into the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Hall of Fame.

Bowen, whose work has been showcased on more than 1,000 magazine covers and in countless ads, is one of nine honorees.

He joins the “Miracle on the Hudson” crew of US Airways Flight 1549; Red Bull Stratos Project/High Altitude Jumpers with Felix Baumgartner; the crew of Apollo 16; NASA’s Mission Control; World War II Navy ace Dean “Diz” Laird; American Airlines retired chairman and CEO Bob Crandall; the National Business Aviation Association; and World War II test pilot C. E. “Bud” Anderson.

“I am really humbled by this,” Bowen said. “We’re kind of besides ourselves.”

The Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of famed air and space pioneers.

“They are some of the world’s most significant aviation pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, businessmen, designers, spokesmen and space pioneers,” the museum said.

The inductees will be honored at a Legends of Flight celebration in San Diego Nov. 16.

Here’s what the museum had to say about Bowen:

“Most often perched in the open tail-gunner’s position of a World War II era B-25 bomber, internationally renowned aerial photographer Paul Bowen has been capturing the elegance and essence of commercial airplanes for more than 40 years. His stunning images have graced more than 1,000 magazine covers and countless advertisements, and prominent corporate aircraft companies rely upon his unmatched technique to showcase their latest and greatest. The consummate professional, Bowen often finds his best shots while flying at 200 miles per hour in below-freezing temperatures just before dawn.”

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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