William B. Heilig, known as “Scottsbluff’s Mr. Aviation,” served for many years as manager of the city’s airport, Scottsbluff, Nebraska named its airport for him. Heilig, born in Lincoln, saw military service in World War II in the United States Army Air Force as a primary flight instructor, a teaching role he continued as a civilian.

Heilig concentrated his efforts to promote aviation in western Nebraska. A charter member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), he fostered aeronautical groups by helping organize the first flying club at the Scottsbluff, Nebraska airport and local chapters of the EAA and the Panhandle Soarers Glider Club. Heilig’s public service also included the presidency of the Nebraska Association of Airport Officials.