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Eddie Van Fossen

athlete

Inducted February 18, 1993

Bakersfield native and graduate of North High School, Van Fossen, since 1986, has dominated his air racing division in his AT-6 World War II trainer. He has flown to five Gold Cup Championships at the Reno air races. His qualifying speed of 235.223 MPH, heat race speed of 235.094 MPH and feature race speed of 234.786 are all records set in 1992. He learned to fly at a civilian flight school in 1961-1962 at Albuquerque while serving in the Army.