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The Whiteside County Airport Board presented Benny Thome the Hall of Fame award on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Main Terminal at the Whiteside County Airport.
Benny Thome, a former resident of Rock Falls and graduate of Rock Falls High School, began his aviation career at the Whiteside County Airport while in high school. He worked as a line boy for flying lessons, soloed when he was just 16, and earned his pilot’s license when he was 17. Benny became an Aviation Cadet in the Air Force in 1960 and spent over 30 years in the military. After graduating from pilot training, Colonel Thome was assigned to the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt Air Force Base. During his second and third years at Offutt, he served as the executive crew copilot for the Commander in Chief of the Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC). During his time in the service, he attained the rank of colonel and served as the officer in charge of the Presidential Support Aircraft. In 1988, he was Chief of the National Emergency Airborne Command Post at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1991 he went to work in 1992 with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Department of Aeronautics for 12 years. During this time he flew the Governor’s airplane.
We would like to congratulate Benny Thome on his induction to the Hall of Fame as well as thank him for his many years of service to this country.
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