Innovators Honored at 12th Annual Luncheon.

The Long Island Air & Space Hall of Fame, presented by GSE Dynamics, Inc., proudly announces the inductees for its 2024 class. The event is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12 pm noon.

Each year, the Long Island Air & Space Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced aeronautical and technological achievements. Proceeds from the luncheon program Proceeds generated from the luncheon support the museum’s education and preservation programs.

About the Class of 2024

Dayton T. Brown Sr. (1898-1978): A pioneering aeronautical engineer, Dayton T. Brown Sr. founded Dayton T. Brown, Inc. During his tenure as Chief Engineer at Brewster, he played a crucial role in developing the Brewster F2A, a groundbreaking all-metal monoplane fighter for the U.S. Navy. Later, he established his own firm, which evolved from sheet metal work to become a leading testing laboratory for aircraft and space components.

Dayton T. Brown Jr. Following his engineering studies and military service, Dayton T. Brown Jr. joined his father’s company in 1951, rising through the ranks to become President and Chairman. Under his leadership, the company diversified into multiple divisions, supporting military initiatives nationwide. Today, Dayton T. Brown, Inc. utilizes its cutting-edge expertise to meet the defense needs of 38 states.

Fernando ‘Frank’ Caldeiro (1958-2009) Aerospace engineer Fernando ‘Frank’ Caldeiro’s journey began with degrees from SUNY Farmingdale and the University of Florida. He later oversaw the B-1 bomber program at Rockwell before joining NASA, where he contributed to 52 Space Shuttle launches and was selected as an astronaut. Sadly, he passed away in 2009 before his scheduled space mission.

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Cochran (1906-1980) was a pioneering female aviator who broke through aviation barriers. Her passion for flight led her to become a licensed pilot by age 22. Defying gender stereotypes, she dominated air races in the 1930s. During WWII, she led the WASPs, training over 1,000 women pilots. After the war, she broke the sound barrier, becoming the first woman to do so, and tirelessly advocated for equal opportunities for women in the Air Force.

Tickets are $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10. Call reservations at 516.572.4066 or visit:

About the Air & Space Hall of Fame Sponsor

GSE Dynamics, Inc. is a Women-Owned Small Business and full-service engineering and manufacturing company engaged in the manufacture, assembly, and testing of military mechanical and structural components and assemblies. GSE is a recognized member of the Defense Industrial Base with a consistent record of best-value pricing, delivery, quality, and technical expertise.

About the Cradle of Aviation Museum

Experience one of the largest collections of air and spacecraft in the world! Explore over 100 years of air and space history through eight galleries and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater. The museum is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY. For more information: Call 516-572-4111 or visit


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