The thought that Harold Dwyer is lumped into the same category as the guy who built the engine used in the first sustained powered flight at Kitty Hawk is a little daunting.
Like Charles Taylor, who was inducted posthumously into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame in 2002, the 89-year-old Hastings resident was one of three people inducted into the hall this year during a ceremony Thursday in Kearney.
"It's pretty awesome to be included with people like Charles Taylor, a fella who went to school in Lincoln and lived in Kearney for a while," Dwyer said. "He worked for Orville and Wilbur Wright and, in fact, made the engine that pushed the first airplane that flew at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Those are the kids of guys they are looking for. I sure, of course, don't come up to that caliber."
Dwyer was joined in induction by aerospace educator Evelyn Sedivy Cowing, who has ties to Nebraska but now lives in Tucson, Ariz., and also his brother, Stanley Dwyer.