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NDOT, Division of Aeronautics
Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

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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.


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