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Former Cessna president to be inducted into hall of fame

Charlie Johnson, left, shown in this 2003 photo with Cessna chairman emeritus Russ Meyer, will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.
Charlie Johnson, left, shown in this 2003 photo with Cessna chairman emeritus Russ Meyer, will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame on Oct. 6. The Wichita Eagle

The Kansas Aviation Museum has named a former Cessna Aircraft executive as its 2015 inductee in the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame.

KAM said Friday that Charlie Johnson will be inducted at a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the museum, 3350 George Washington Blvd.

Johnson was Cessna president and chief operating officer from 1997 to 2003.

He previously served as a pilot for professional golfer Arnold Palmer, chief of production flight test at Learjet and aviation manager for Koch Industries, according to the release.

Johnson has more than 15,000 hours of flight time, including 5,000 as a test pilot, the release said. Johnson also was an Air Force combat pilot flying missions in an F-105 fighter in Southeast Asia.

He is currently president of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. in Denver.

The induction ceremony is free and open to the public.

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