Let George Do It
George Haddaway was born in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1906. He earned his private pilot license in 1928 while an undergraduate at the University of Texas from which he graduated in 1930.
In 1934 Haddaway founded FLIGHT magazine and served as it's Editor and Publisher for the next forty years. Throughout his life, he provided extraordinary leadership in public matters regarding all aspects of civil aviation - business, commercial, agricultural and recreational. Haddaway was a driving force in the establishment of local service air transportation and commuter airlines, VTOL and STOL aircraft development, led the formation of an industry/government team that developed the first agricultural aircraft prototype, the AG-1; and in promulgation of local, state and national policy which have been instrumental in the healthy growth of civil aviation.
Haddaway was one of the founders of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and during World War II commanded a CAP anti-submarine base in Beaumont, Texas. He was presented the Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of outstanding service to his country for these activities. After the war, Haddaway served as Chairman to the Aviation Development Advisory Committee in Washington from 1947 to 1953 under five different CAA (now FAA) administrators.
George Haddaway was founder and Chairman of the "Wings of Hope". This charitable organization began in 1964 to assist persons struck by natural disasters in remote areas of Central and South America, Africa, and New Guinea. After forty years "Wings of Hope" continues to supply aircraft and services necessary to carry doctors and teachers, transport the sick and injured, and supply food and medicine in response to any legitimate humanitarian enterprise.
Haddaway's interests extended beyond participating in the growth of aviation in America as he was determined that the history of American aviation would be preserved. To this end he founded the "History of Aviation Collection" at the University of Texas. He donated his extensive personal collection of aviation history books, journals, photographs and archives as the nucleus of one of the world's finest aviation collections. Subsequently, Haddaway promoted the establishment of the "Frontiers of Flight" Museum located at Love Field, Dallas which compliments the History of Aviation Collection at the University of Texas.
Haddaway was deeply involved in the establishment and management of many organizations and activities that were critical to the development of American aviation. He was so unstinting in his personal commitment, so successful in directing and simultaneously managing an enormous number of diverse efforts, that his friends believe he may be the origin of the cliché, "Let George Do It".