EAA Founder Paul Poberezny Passes at Age 91
August 22, 2013 – Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Founder Paul Poberezny passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wis., after a battle with cancer. He was 91.
The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA. We also thank you for respecting our family’s privacy during this time.”
Only private family services are scheduled at this time. Memorials in honor of Paul’s life and legacy can be made to any of the following:
EAA Aviation Foundation: PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Evergreen Foundation, Inc.: 1130 North Westfield St., Oshkosh, WI 54902
American Cancer Society, Northeast Wisconsin: 790 Marvelle Lane, Green Bay, WI 54304
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(This post taken directly from the EAA Media Advisory received today)
Paul H. Poberezny, EAA Founder, dies at 91
Paul H. Poberezny, who in 1953 gathered a group of recreational aviation enthusiasts in Milwaukee to found the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), died on August 22, 2013 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
His death was confirmed by his son, Tom Poberezny.From a makeshift office in the Poberezny basement in Milwaukee Paul guided EAA as it grew into an association with more than 180,000 members. The EAA AirVenture annual fly-in convention at Oshkosh every summer attracts 10,000 aircraft and more than 500,000 visitors for the weeklong celebration of all types of flying.
Paul championed the cause of amateur aircraft building and worked tirelessly with federal regulators to grant homebuilders the right to design, build and fly their own airplanes. More than 30,000 amateur built aircraft are on the FAA registry.
Paul also welcomed owners and pilots of all types of personal aircraft into EAA.
Poberezny was born on September 14, 1921 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His father, Peter Poberezny, was an immigrant from the Ukraine. Shortly after Paul’s birth Peter and his wife Jetta moved to Milwaukee where Paul grew up in near poverty.Paul was always fascinated by airplanes and got a big break when one of his high school teachers gave him a neglected basic glider on the condition that Paul restore the glider to airworthiness. After rebuilding the glider Paul taught himself how to fly the rudimentary aircraft at age 15.
Paul spent the World War II years in the U.S. armed forces training command teaching flying in several different types of aircraft. After the war ended he put his flying skills to work in the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Paul was the volunteer president of EAA and fulltime pilot for the Guard until he retired from the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1973.
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