Fullerton Municipal Airport officials dedicated a new $3.3-million hangar Tuesday afternoon in memory of veteran pilot and radio traffic reporter Bruce Wayne, who died in a 1986 plane crash.
Among the 60 people who attended the ceremony at which the 56-unit hangar complex was unveiled were City Council officials, Wayne’s widow, Lois Wayne, and friends, Fullerton spokeswoman Sylvia Palmer said.
In front of the hangar is a free-standing plaque containing an engraving of Wayne inside a plane’s cockpit and the words: “Bruce Wayne, KFI-in-the-Sky, A Friend of Fullerton, Dedicated March 1989.”
Wayne, 52, who reported freeway conditions for the KFI-AM radio station, was killed on the job June 4, 1986, when his Cessna Cardinal crashed after takeoff at Fullerton Municipal Airport.
“All the time he worked for KFI, Bruce flew out of our airport and he kind of put our airport on the map,” Palmer said. “Every time he flew, he would mention the name of the airport.”
“He was a good citizen of Fullerton,” Palmer said, adding that Wayne was a generous man and would always help with a charitable cause.