Harry D. Blout - Honored in 1993
Harry Blout was born in Berwyn, Illinois, on January 12, 1931. His flying started in earnest when he soloed a Super Cub in Malden, Missouri in December 1953.
He has made major contributions to aviation in Colorado since coming here in 1962. Harry has long been associated with the United States Air Force Academy, where he has been the airport manager, president of the Aero Club, instructor of cadets in the T-41 trainer and has instructor in gliders and sailplanes. He was instrumental in making physical improvements at the Academy’s airfield buildings and implementing safety features. Harry has served on the Air Force Academy faculty in the psychology department, and as Assistant Course Director for Human Relations and Leadership. As a Lt. Col. in the Air Force, he was the personal mission and check pilot for the Academy Superintendent in the VT29 transport during 1965-68. He received the Bronze Star for service in Thailand when he was Air Staff Officer. This was in addition to twelve other awards and decorations he received from the USAF and the South Viet Nam government.
Harry has ratings, including the ATP, single and multiengine land, glider, and CFI in a number of categories. At the time of his induction into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame he had amassed an impressive 11,818 flying hours in airplanes, 375 hours in gliders, and he had flown a large number of types of aircraft. Harry holds the Gold C Badge for altitude in sailplanes, and the Diamond for distance
Harry was employed by Jeppesen-Sanderson as a technical writer, and was a regional manager for Piper Aircraft in Denver and Sonora, Mexico. Harry has been very active at the Black Forest glider port in Colorado Springs through the years, and was its first president. This by-the-book pilot has owned and flown a beautiful Stearman PT-17 trainer from 1977-86, and has given rides to many for their first biplane or open-cockpit experience.
He has been active in the Daedalians, the Soaring Society of America, the Antique Airplane Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He is a Life Member of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society and a member of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society Board of Directors. He has also been a leader in the Silver Wings where as its president he was responsible for a national convention of this group.
Harry Blout still spends much of his time out of the state on aviation business, sharing his talents with those in need of his specialties, and a long time volunteer and docent at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver.
Flown west March 6, 2020