George Haldeman, a Lakeland pilot who learned to fly in St. Petersburg, went on to break several aviation world records and played a critical role in Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose project. Haldeman counted Charles Lindbergh among his friends. An induction ceremony is scheduled for noon, Dec. 15 at the Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun campus in Lakeland. — Tampa Bay Business Journal
George Haldeman attempted to become part of the first co-ed crew to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. His co-pilot was fellow Lakeland resident Ruth Elder. You can learn much about Mr. Haldeman from this recent Ledger column, Pioneer a ‘Glorius Failure’.