Walter J. Boyne, an inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, is one of the worlds foremost authorities on aviation history. Both the National Aviation Club and the Air Force Association recognized him with Lifetime Achievement awards in aviation. A former director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, he serves as the chairman of the board for the National Aeronautic Association. Boyne founded the magazine Air & Space as well as the Wingspan Television Channel (now the Military Channel) and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, C-SPAN, and the History Channel, among others.
Recognized for his works in non-fiction and fiction, Boynes books have appeared on the New York Times best-sellers list in both categories. He is the recipient of both Best Fiction Book and Best Non-Fiction Book awarded by the Aviation/Space Writers Association. Other recognition for his writing includes a New York Public Library Prize. In addition to writing more than fifty books, he has contributed entries on aviation for such encyclopedias as Encyclopedia Britannica and Encarta.
Boyne earned his BSBA from the University of California at Berkley and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Salem International University in West Virginia awarded him an honorary doctorate in aerospace sciences. A retired Air Force colonel with twenty-three years of service, he lives with his wife in Ashburn, Virginia.
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