Prominent Dubbo figures Olaf Weyand, Max Walters and Noel Howe have been commemorated with three streets in their names.
To recognise their achievements, the families of each of the late men were presented with replica street signs on Thursday. Fitting with their roles, the streets are in the Dubbo airport precinct.
Mr Weyand's place in Dubbo's aviation history is acknowledged with Weyand Drive.
He flew the Sydney to London and Return Air Race in 1969 and started AirLink Airline, which became part of Regional Express Airlines.
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His wife Jane said her husband had two other passions: music and photography. He always carried his flute with him, she said.
"When he was flying, he'd often have some time to wait for passengers to come back and it was wonderful flute practice. He'd sometimes get eight hours of practice," Dr Weyand said.
When he retired from flying, Dr Weyand said she had asked him if he missed flying.
"He said 'no, but I miss those wonderful people that I met'," she said.
Mr Weyand was often known to say 'where else in the world would you want to be but here?'.
Mr Walters started the Volunteer Rescue Association in Dubbo in 1969.
Family friend and VRA deputy commissioner Stuart Davies said it was only fitting Walters Way lead to the Rural Fire Service training academy because Mr Walters also had a great association with the RFS.
His son James Walters said it was a great honour for the street to be named Walters Way.
"He loved his VRA, he loved his bushfire brigade. He loved everything he did and we're very proud of him," he said.
Howe Place was named after Mr Howe, a flight instructor and one of the key people in the formation of the Dubbo Aero Club.
His daughter Carol, who travelled from Broome for the occasion, said Mr Howe had wanted to fly since he was a boy.
"The pilots were a breed of their own back in those days, they were pioneers," Ms Howe said.
She said her father had been a generous man.
"I find it amazing that back in those days all of those people who were pilots gave their time. They taught people to fly and paid for the fuel. To give your time to do something like that is pretty amazing," Ms Howe said.
She said a lot could be learnt from the people of that generation "in terms of giving back to the community constantly" and to always "keep on striving".