Stuart E. MacTaggart, Col. USAF (Ret.) served 27 years as a U. S. Air Force Pilot. Following his retirement, he spent many years promoting aviation in Nebraska.
Stu earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His military career included serving as Commander of the 328th Bombardment Squadron followed by HQ SAC as Chief of Future Aircraft Concepts; then as head of Air Crew Training for the Command (B52, KC10, FB111, KC135, B1, U2). He served numerus tours in Southeast Asia during Vietnam, flying over 150 combat missions in B52’s and C130 Aircraft. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for exemplary leadership, integrity, and unwavering dedication while serving in the Office of the Inspector General, at Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt air Force Base. Stu was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Meritorious Service medals, six Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and many others.
Following retirement from the Air Force in 1992, Stu worked as a corporate pilot then as a flight instructor for a major airline. He joined the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics in 1998 and piloted State aircraft flying the Governor, State, and University Officials. He led youth-oriented aviation programs including the Aviation Art Contest and several week-long aviation summer camps. In 2008 he received the Frank E. Sorenson Aviation Education Achievement Award.
Stu was appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics in 2004 until his retirement in 2009. His outstanding leadership was well-respected by the aviation industry. As Director he worked with FAA and local communities in the administration of the various state and federal programs. Stu improved every aspect of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics and our States aviation community certainly benefited.
Stu spent almost 50 years as a professional aviator.
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