Arvine Bierman, the first
inductee into the Hall of Fame, helped pioneer civilian aviation in Nebraska.
Flying lessons began in 1926. A move to Holdrege,
Nebraska resulted in a twelve-year stint
as personal pilot for Frank Brewster, the "flying doctor." He took Brewster
on countless missions of mercy, most notably during the devastating Republican
River floods of the 1930s, when Bierman's
airplane carried sick and injured persons, medicine, and food. To promote
aviation Bierman barnstormed, gave demonstrations, introduced crop spraying
in Phelps County,
and operated the fledgling Holdrege airport. During World War II he shared
his flying skills as a teacher for 700 Navy Cadets.