2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Richard “Buzz” Bennett, Canadian D-71, is one of Canada’s foremost sport parachuting personalities, with more than 6,300 jumps since making his first in 1966. He chaired the Competition and National Teams Committee of the Canadian Sport Parachute Association (CSPA) from 1975 through 1991, and during that time created its Judge Rating Program and authored a Canadian Judge Training Manual, which is still in use today. He was chief judge at four World Parachuting Championships in the 1980s, as well as the chief of judge training at the 1991 World Championships. He is still an active judge. Buzz served as Canada’s delegate to the International Parachuting Commission (IPC) for 40 years, retiring in 2015. During his tenure, he sat on the Style & Accuracy, and Canopy Piloting Committees and chaired the Sporting Code Working Group, and the Rules & Regulations Committee. He was the IPC Treasurer for 14 years as a member of the IPC Bureau. FAI awarded him the 1983 Paul Tissandier Diploma (for serving the cause of general aviation), the 1999 IPC Leonardo da Vinci Diploma (for specific achievements in sport parachuting), and CSPA honored him with its highest non-competitive award, the 2005 Glenn Masterson Memorial Trophy for services to CSPA and Canadian parachuting. Buzz is a commercial pilot with more than 1,200 hours, many of them flying jumpers.
Roy C. Johnson, D-589, made his first jump in 1961 at the Cleveland Parachute Center, Parkman, Ohio, and was one of America’s most accomplished competitors during the late 1960’s and early 1970s in the classic events of style & accuracy. Known for his dedicated training regimen and being years ahead of his time, especially as a stylist, he was a four-time National Overall Champion, being the first person to average under seven seconds in the style event at the U.S. National Championships. Roy was the favorite to become Men’s Overall World Champion at the 1972 World Championships in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, before he was forced to withdraw due to a major injury. Roy was a true professional who gladly gave of himself as a mentor and coach so the next generation of competitors might also succeed. He coached the U.S. Team to gold medal Women’s and silver medal Men’s parachute teams at the 1976 World Championships in Italy. He was the first skydiver to be awarded the USPA 24-hour Freefall Badge and ended his illustrious career with 4,522 skydives. Roy was an accomplished jump pilot for several drop zones and later became an airline pilot for Continental Airlines. Although he was notified of the honor of induction into the International Skydiving Hall of Fame Class of 2017, he passed away in April.
Major General John “Jack” Singlaub, B-508, graduated from UCLA with an Army Reserve commission in 1943 and went straight to jump school. While serving in a parachute regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, he joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, later the CIA), and was inserted by parachute into occupied France to organize, train, and lead a French Resistance unit during World War II, which provided assistance to the Allied invasion forces. He served as a security and defense advisor to several U.S. presidents – from Roosevelt to Carter – retiring in 1977 as a two-star general. Fortunately for the skydiving community, he became involved in promoting skydiving within the military community, ultimately leading the effort to allow military personnel to skydive on military installations and “off post” with the civilian community, thereby benefitting both. He went on to assume leadership positions on the Parachute Club of America (forerunner of USPA) board as a national director and chairman of the board, leaving the board in 1975 after 10 years. During his tenure, he was key in gaining aircraft support for U.S. Parachute Teams and for the 1972 World Parachuting Championships in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He also served as head of delegation for the 1965 U.S. Parachute Team that competed at the Adriatic Cup in Europe. He’s a USPA Lifetime member.
Graeme K. Windsor, Australian F-59, has devoted his life to skydiving since his first jump in October 1968 in Papua New Guinea. He has won many Australian National Championships medals in style, accuracy, para-ski, and formation skydiving and has competed extensively in FAI World Championships, winning the 1982 Team Accuracy bronze medal in Lučenec, Czechoslovakia. He has been a national coach, Operations and Safety Manager, chief instructor, instructor examiner, and a parachute rigger. He was a member of the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) board, which included stints as chairman, alternate IPC delegate and later the delegate. He was the APF Chief Executive Officer, retiring in 2008. Graeme has served in almost every capacity during his illustrious career including terms as Head of Delegation, Controller and Jury member at several world championships. He is the longest-serving President of the FAI’s International Parachuting Commission (nine years). The FAI made him a Companion of Honor and he is an FAI President of Honor having served as President of the Air Sports General Commission from 2011 to 2016. Graeme still jumps regularly with over 7,000 jumps and he competed at the 2016 World Parachuting Championships at Skydive Chicago. He is the Air Sport Australia Confederation treasurer and is a member of the organizing committee for the 2018 World Parachuting Championships to be held in Queensland, Australia. Earlier this year, the Australian Parachute Federation recognized Graeme with its highest award, Master of Sport Parachuting, for his outstanding representation in competition and administration for nearly 50 years.
Pat Works, D-1813, was an avid promoter of sequential formation skydiving (a.k.a. relative work) since his first jump in 1961 at the Houston Parachute Club. For the next half-century, Pat’s passion was to share the joy of freefall, publishing the RWunderground Newsletter along with his wife, Jan. His words instructed, entertained and inspired skydivers worldwide, and his first book, The Art of Freefall Relative Work, was translated into three languages. He wrote two more books: United We Fall, and The Art of vRW. Pat conducted many free training camps in Australia, England, France, Germany, and the USA to teach freefall techniques. He was instrumental in introducing 10-way competition at the USPA Nationals in 1972, and founded a grassroots RW Council for sharing ideas, debate, and news. He competed throughout his skydiving years, and served on USPA’s Board of Directors from 1981 to 1987. Pat was honored by USPA with the 2013 Gold Medal for Meritorious Service, “For over 50 years of contribution as a teacher, innovator, author and competitor…” His final gift to the sport before passing in late 2016 with over 8,200 jumps is the Skydiving Encyclopedia, an online collaborative “wiki” for the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame.