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The National Aviation Hall of Fame receives ISTAT grant for Wings of Women 2022

August 22, 2022

The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation awards the NAHF $7,500 DAYTON, Ohio – August 22, 2022 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is honored to share that the International Society of Transportation Aircraft Trading Foundation (ISTAT) awarded the NAHF with a grant in support of their 2022 Wings of Women (WOW) event. The ISTAT Foundation annually supports non-profit organizations as part of their effort to raise awareness of aviation careers, provide dedicated education, and preserve aviation history. ISTAT grants are heavily focused on building the future of aviation. This year’s gift to the NAHF provides funding...

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RTCA and NAHF Launch New Scholarship Program

August 8, 2022

RTCA powers professional development for Discovering Flight with the National Aviation Hall of Fame DAYTON, Ohio – August 8, 2022 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and RTCA, Inc. have partnered to create a new scholarship program targeted at educators teaching grades Pre-K – 6th grade. The purpose of the scholarship program is to support educators who are sharing the concepts of aviation and aerospace with students through the curriculum portion of the NAHF’s education program Discovering Flight with the NAHF. The STEM/STEAM-based, multidisciplinary curriculum, Problem Solving with Wilbur and Orville, is created by ThinkTV/PBS and is a...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame President/CEO’s Federal Appointment Successfully Ends

March 29, 2022

DAYTON, Ohio – March 29, 2022- Two years ago, then U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao appointed National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) President and CEO Amy Spowart to the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB). Since her appointment, Spowart and the other members of the WIAAB focused on analyzing industry trends; coordinating efforts among airlines, nonprofit organizations, and aviation and engineering associations to facilitate support for women pursuing aviation careers; expanding scholarship opportunities; and enhancing training, mentorship, education, and outreach programs for women interested in aviation careers. “Despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, the members of the...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Receives Grant from the Ohio History Fund

March 22, 2022

DAYTON, Ohio / March 22, 2022 / The Board of Trustees are pleased to share that the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has been awarded $16,000 from the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection. With these funds, the NAHF is providing immersive and engaging experiences in their state-of-the-art facility in Dayton. The generous $16,000 grant supports the creation of a collection of digitally enhanced oral histories that will tell the story of American aviation and innovation. These immersive films bring to life the history, scientific process of discovery, and the physical wonder of flight...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Receives Support from Cirrus Aircraft

March 2, 2022

Cirrus Aircraft provides $75,000 in support for Discovering Flight with the National Aviation Hall of Fame DAYTON, Ohio – March 2, 2022- The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is honored to share that Cirrus Aircraft, the world’s largest producer of piston-powered aircraft, is sponsoring the circulation of Discovering Flight: Learning with the NAHF to Title 1 schools in Duluth, MN, and Knoxville, TN. Cirrus Aircraft, awardee of the 2017 Robert J. Collier Award, has a proven track record for innovation and revolutionary approaches. Pat Waddick, President of Innovation & Operations at Cirrus said, “Our goal is for students and...

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The State of Ohio and NAHF Partner to Provide Aviation Education

February 23, 2022

NAHF led partnership will bring STEAM curriculum to accelerate learning across the state as part of their Discovering Flight program. DAYTON, Ohio – February 23, 2022 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF), the nation’s only Congressionally-chartered aviation hall of fame, is honored to announce a new partnership with the State of Ohio, PBS affiliate ThinkTV, national and local organizations, and regional officials to create and distribute their aviation-focused, STEAM Program Discovering Flight: Learning with the NAHF to Ohio schools most impacted by learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Through the creation and promotion of a new and...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Issues “Call for Entries” for A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Teacher of the Year

February 4, 2022

The deadline for submissions is June 10. DAYTON, Ohio – February 4, 2022 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for its 36th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award. Founded in 1986 by famed research test pilot, the late A. Scott Crossfield, the award is a juried competition open to educators from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade in a public, private, parochial, charter school, or homeschool setting. Nominees can also be teachers in non-traditional learning environments. Nominations will be examined by a review committee of aerospace and education professionals for documentation of...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Receives Grant

January 11, 2022

The Berry Family Foundation awards the NAHF $30,000 to support Heritage Hall and Education Center DAYTON, Ohio – January 11, 2021 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is honored to share that the renovation of their Heritage Hall and Education Center (HHEC) will be supported by a generous grant provided by The Berry Family Foundation. NAHF President and CEO, Amy Spowart, said, “The support from the Berry Family will have a substantial impact on our work to help visitors of the HHEC learn about the inspirational lives of our Enshrinees and discover a passion for aviation and aerospace....

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals the“Class of 2022”

December 9, 2021

Two iconic history-making pilots, the inventor of Blended Winglet, an aerospace Software Engineer mastermind, and an aerospace hero are all included in this remarkable group. DAYTON, Ohio – December 6, 2021–The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is thrilled to announce the individuals who have been selected for its 2022 Enshrinement. NAHF Board of Nominations Chair Tom Lodge and NAHF President and CEO Amy Spowart revealed the Class of 2022 before an audience of over 200 attendees at the Fall Awards Dinner of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in Washington, D.C. Attendees of the NAA’s annual banquet included the Air Force...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame names St. Paul’s Caroline Little the 34th “Crossfield Kid”

October 11, 2021

Minnesota Teacher Selected as the 2021 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year The National Aviation Hall of Fame names St. Paul’s Caroline Little the 34th “Crossfield Kid” (DAYTON, Ohio – October 11, 2021) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that Caroline Little, Space Foundation Teacher Liaison, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Teacher Innovator Institute Fellow, and NASA Wearable Equipment to Avert Radiation Mentor, can now add the NAHF’s 2021 A. Scott Crossfield Educator of the Year to her impressive resume.  The Crossfield Award, founded in 1986 by NAHF Enshrinee Scott Crossfield, is a juried annual...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Recognizes the “Class of 2020”

June 15, 2021

While their enshrinement event is postponed, their induction is not. The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Board of Trustees are proud to share that the vote to formally recognize the NAHF Class of 2020 as Enshrinees was unanimous. Trustee Phil Roberts made the formal motion at the spring meeting of the Board on May 15th in Dayton. “It didn’t seem right (to me) that their Enshrinement was canceled twice and their induction put in limbo,” Roberts said. Roberts’s motion read “That the Class of 2020 be recognized as Enshrinees of the NAHF as of September 27, 2020. And that each...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Postpones the 2021 Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony

May 19, 2021

Travel concerns for our national audience and appreciation for the aviation industry necessitate the postponement of the 2021 Enshrinement. DAYTON, Ohio / May 19, 2021 / “With our highest regard to the safety and health of our Enshrinees, participants, attendees, staff and the city of Dayton, the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Enshrinement event,” said NAHF Chair Michael Quiello.   The NAHF Board expressed concern for all who have been impacted by the worldwide pandemic. “We continue to extend our heartfelt wishes to those who have been...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame reflects on the life of Michael Collins.

April 28, 2021

For his lifelong dedication to flight as a pioneering astronaut and as the first director of the National Air and Space Museum, Collins has left a legacy of public service. DAYTON, Ohio / April 28, 2021 / It is with much sadness and admiration that the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) reflects on the passing of 1985 Enshrinee Michael Collins. His family reports via social media that Collins “passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer”. They said, “Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way. We will miss...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Recieves Grant from FedEx

March 29, 2021

FedEx awards the NAHF $5,000 to support Discovering Flight with the National Aviation Hall of Fame DAYTON, Ohio – March 29, 2021 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is honored to share that their educational program, Discovering Flight: Learning With The National Aviation Hall of Fame, will be supported by a generous grant provided by FedEx. NAHF President and CEO Amy Spowart said, “This donation is a tremendous show of support from a worldwide leader in aviation and community engagement. It is extra meaningful because not only is it impactful for the program, but also because it is...

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FedEx awards the NAHF $5,000 to support Discovering Flight with the National Aviation Hall of Fame

DAYTON, Ohio – March 29, 2021-The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is honored to share that their educational program, Discovering Flight: Learning With The National Aviation Hall of Fame, will be supported by a generous grant provided by FedEx. NAHF President and CEO Amy Spowart said, “This donation is a tremendous show of support from a worldwide leader in aviation and community engagement. It is extra meaningful because not only is it impactful for the program, but also because it is inspired by Fred Smith, Founder, Chair, and CEO of FedEx, who was inducted into the NAHF in 2007....

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Receives 100/100 from Charity Navigator

February 16, 2021

The NAHF is honored to be recognized as an official “Give with Confidence” Charity DAYTON, Ohio / February 16, 2021 / The Board of Trustees are pleased to share that the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a 100/100 rating from Charity Navigator’s Encompass Rating System. This score designates the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, the organization has been...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Receives Capital Appropriation from Ohio

January 28, 2021

The NAHF is honored to be awarded a $250,000 grant from the State for fiscal year 2021-2022 DAYTON, Ohio / January 27, 2021 / The Board of Trustees are pleased to share that the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has been awarded an appropriation of $250,000 from the State of Ohio. With this grant, the NAHF is one step closer to the transformation of their current Learning Center into a new state-of-the-art facility called the NAHF’s Heritage Hall and Education Center (HHEC). Board Chairman Michael Quiello says, “The NAHF is committed to preserving and sharing the outstanding accomplishments of America’s premier...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2020 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to the American Rocketry Challenge

January 19, 2021

DAYTON, OH/ January 19, 2021 The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its coveted 2020 Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to the American Rocketry Challenge. While the date and time of the presentation is yet to be determined, the NAHF is eager to share this wonderful news about one of the most impactful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) programs in the world. The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest, with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing annually. The contest provides students in 6th – 12th...

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Aviation Hall of Fame Assoc.

January 10, 2021

Join the Aviation Hall of Fame Association (AFHA) Today! This is a peer group of State Aviation Halls of Fame, Aero Clubs, and smaller Aviation Associations to join together for information sharing and networking. We are looking for members to join us! For more information: https://www.nationalaviation.org/membership/ Welcome to our newest members! Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame* Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame* Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame* Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame* Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame* Wichita Aero Club* *Charter members of the AFHA

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2020 Combs-Gates Award to be Presented to Commemorative Air Force (CAF) RISE ABOVE

November 12, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio/November 12, 2020 The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) proudly reports that the CAF’s RISE ABOVE project has earned the 18th Annual Combs Gates Award. The NAHF will award the $20,000 cash prize to the CAF in early 2021. NAHF Chairman Michael Quiello quoted from the nomination packet itself in making the announcement, “The CAF indisputably sets the standard for aviation education around the world.  Their project is centered on the lessons and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). It consists of community events, restored World War II-era aircraft, school visits, traveling exhibits,...

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The United States Department of the Air Force – Boeing X-37B Team to Receive the 2019 Robert J. Collier Trophy

August 13, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephanie Griffith Director, Awards, Events & Membership National Aeronautic Association 703-416-4888 Ext 104 sgriffith@naa.aero The United States Department of the Air Force – Boeing X-37B Team to Receive the 2019 Robert J. Collier Trophy Washington, DC, August 13, 2020 – The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pleased to announce that the United States Department of the Air Force – Boeing X-37B team has been named as the recipient of the 2019 Robert J. Collier Trophy for “… developing and employing the world’s only reusable, autonomous spaceplane, which logged more than 2,865 days in orbit across five missions,...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Postpones the 2020 Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony

May 13, 2020

COVID-19, social distancing requirements and travel concerns for our national audience necessitates the postponement of theEnshrinement of the Class of 2020. DAYTON, Ohio – May 12, 2020– With due regard to the safety and health of our Enshrinees, participants, attendees, staff and the city of Dayton, the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has made the difficult decision to postpone the induction of the Class of 2020. “The on-going concern regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the unknowns regarding travel and unease in seeking sponsorship when many of our supporters have been hard hit economically are among the reasons that make...

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The NAHF and PBS have Partnered for an Exciting STEAM Based Curriculum

April 30, 2020

The NAHF and PBS have Partnered for an Exciting STEAM Based Curriculum Discovering Flight: Learning with the National Aviation Hall of Fame DAYTON, OH / April 27, 2020 / The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and PBS affiliate ThinkTV are thrilled to announce that they have partnered to create the NAHF education program. Discovering Flight: Learning with the National Aviation Hall of Fame is a comprehensive STEAM-based curriculum using standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for young learners as well as teachers and parents working to support and inspire the next generation of aerospace legends. Discovering Flight is...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame issues “Call for Entries” for Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award

March 30, 2020

National Aviation Hall of Fame issues “Call for Entries” for Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award Deadline for submissions is June 10 Dayton, Ohio-The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for its 35th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a cash stipend. Founded in 1986 by famed research test pilot, the late A. Scott Crossfield, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade from any public, private, parochial or charter school. Nominees can also be teachers in a non-traditional teaching setting. Nominations will...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 18th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries”

March 17, 2020

  National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 18th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries”  $20,000 Juried Prize to be Presented at 2020 NBAA Convention in Orlando Dayton, Ohio-The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to open the 2020 Combs-Gates Award “call for entries.”  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  Submitted projects ideally spotlight one or more of the 249 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted into the Congressionally-chartered,...

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NAHF to Temporarily Close to the Public

March 14, 2020

The National Aviation Hall of Fame will Temporarily Close to the Public Due to the continually evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Aviation Hall of Fame will temporarily close beginning at 4:30 today, March 14.  The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is our highest priority. Current recommendations from the State of Ohio and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are that it is in the best interests of the community to limit situations that enable close contact with others.  Click Here for CDC Information on COVID-19 Updates and additional information will be shared through...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2020

November 13, 2019

National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2020” Announcement made at the National Aeronautic Association Fall Awards dinner in  Washington, D.C. November 13, 2019-The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce the individuals who have been elected for its 2020 Enshrinement. Trustee and Chairman Mr. Michael Quiello and President and CEO Ms. Amy Spowart revealed the Class of 2020 before an audience of nearly 300 attendees at the Fall Awards Dinner of the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C. Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprised of over 120 aviation professionals nationwide,...

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Author Sarah Byrn Rickman to Receive the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2019 Combs Gates Award

September 19, 2019

Author Sarah Byrn Rickman to Receive the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2019 Combs Gates Award   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) proudly reports that Sarah Byrn Rickman’s two-volume work, “WASPs Pilots,” has earned its author the 17th Annual Combs-Gates Award.   Rickman will be presented the $20,000 cash prize on Tuesday, October 22nd, at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 72nd annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (BACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. NAHF Trustees making the presentation will be joined by NAHF Enshrinees, NAHF Board of Trustees, NBAA Board Members and several other aviation dignitaries.   WASPs Pilots,...

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Scott McComb Selected as 2019 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year

August 19, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org Washington High School Teacher Selected as 2019 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Scott McComb will be recognized during the 57th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremony in Denver, Colorado (DAYTON, Ohio – August 19, 2019)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that Scott McComb, Raisbeck Avation H.S. Science Department Chair, Founding Coach and Chair of the Washington State Science Olympiad, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) Founding Advisor, and Green Energy Team Founding Advisor, has...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2019 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited

August 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                August 12, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2019 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited  DAYTON, OHIO – The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its coveted 2019 Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited (MBA) during the 57th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony to be held in Denver, Colorado at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum on September 28, 2019. The Spirit of...

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Presenters Announced for the 57th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement

August 7, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org   Presenters Announced for the 57th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Event will take place on September 28, 2019 in Denver, Colorado The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce an outstanding assembly of aviation’s finest to serve as Presenters for the Class of 2019.  A time honored role, this year’s presenters will include two NAHF Enshrinees, a retired NASA leader, a USMC Commander and an industry luminary.  The members of the NAHF Class of 2019 are: Colonel Guion “Guy” S....

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National Aviation Hall of Fame issues “Call for Entries” for Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award

May 10, 2019

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org April 10, 2019 For immediate release   National Aviation Hall of Fame issues “Call for Entries” for Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award Deadline for submissions is June 10   The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for its 33nd Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a cash stipend. Founded in 1986 by famed research test pilot, the late A. Scott Crossfield, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade from any public, private,...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 17th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries”

April 5, 2019

National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 17th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries”  $20,000 Juried Prize to be Presented at 2019 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to open the 2019 Combs-Gates Award “call for entries.”  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  Submitted projects ideally spotlight one or more of the 241 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted into the Congressionally-chartered, non-profit...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2019”

November 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2019” Announcement made today at National Aeronautic Association Fall Awards dinner in Washington, D.C. November 27, 2018-The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is thrilled to announce the individuals who have been elected for its 2019 Enshrinement. Trustee and Executive Board Member Dr. Kathryn Hughes and Executive Director Amy Spowart revealed the Class of 2019 before an audience of nearly 300 attendees at the Fall Awards Dinner of the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C. Each year, the NAHF Board of...

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Researcher Peggy Loeffler to Receive the 2018 Combs Gates Award

October 4, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11                                                                aspowart@nationalaviation.org                                                 October 4, 2018 For immediate release   Researcher Peggy Loeffler to Receive the 2018 Combs Gates Award The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) proudly reports that Peggy Loeffler’s “New England Women Take Flight” exhibit has earned its creator the 16th Annual Combs Gates Award. The NAHF will award the $20,000 cash prize to Loeffler on October 16, 2018, at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 71th annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.  NAHF Trustees making the presentation will be joined by National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinees...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2018 Spirit of Flight Award be Presented to The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

September 8, 2018

For Immediate Release     Media Contact: Amy Spowart Executive Director (937) 256-0944, ext.11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org   The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2018 Spirit of Flight Award be Presented to The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence   BG David Francis to accept the award on behalf of the USAACE at the NAHF’s 2018 Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony   Dayton, OHIO, 09/06/2018 – Dayton, OH – The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its coveted 2018 Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to The Army Aviation Center of Excellence...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Honors General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret)

September 4, 2018

The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Honors General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret)   15th Chief of Staff of the USAF, author the USAF Core Values, Vietnam Veteran (MISTY FAC) and industry leader to be enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame   Dayton, OHIO, 09/04/2018 – General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret), will be enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on September 28, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.   “Everything we do at the National Aviation Hall of Fame honors the brave men and women who lead the way...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony Draws the Best of American Aerospace

August 26, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                August 24, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony Draws the Best of American Aerospace  Dayton, OH – The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is thrilled to announce that its 56th Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony Presented by Cirrus Aircraft, to be held on September 28, 2018, is on target to be the most sponsored event in its history.  With wide appeal, from the industry’s most influential names to aviation’s brightest stars, the event represents a “who’s who” of...

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Ohio High School Teacher Selected as 2018 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year

August 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org Ohio High School Teacher Selected as 2018 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Heidi L. Edwards will be recognized during the 56th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremony, in Washington, D.C. (DAYTON, Ohio – August 3, 2018)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that Heidi L. Edwards, Oakwood H.S. Science Department Chair, Executive Curriculum Director for Air Camp, Dayton STEM Fellow, and SOFIA Ambassador for NASA, has been selected as the 2018 A. Scott Crossfield Educator of the...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces 16th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries”

March 23, 2018

$20,000 Juried Prize to be Presented at 2018 NBAA Convention in Orlando The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to open the 2018 Combs Gates Award “call for entries.”  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  Submitted projects ideally spotlight one or more of the 237 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted into the Congressionally-chartered, non-profit NAHF. The 2018 award ceremony will take place during a special session of the...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement 2018 Date and Venue

February 15, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement 2018 Date and Venue Event will take place September 28 at the National Building Museum The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that the 56th NAHF Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony will take place at Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum on September 28, 2018.  “Our mission is to Honor Aerospace Legends to Inspire Future Leaders. This significant venue will make the 2018 Enshrinement the most prominent to date and help us achieve...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Locations

January 22, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Locations The Board of Trustees announce future sites of the “Oscar Night of Aviation” The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) are pleased to announce the site selections of Washington, DC in 2018, Denver, CO in 2019 and Dayton, OH in 2020. The nearly unanimous vote by the Board reaffirms the Board’s strategy of expanding the National Aviation Hall of Fame brand to a national audience. The Class of 2018 will be inducted in...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2018”

December 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals “Class of 2018” Announcement made today at National Aeronautic Association dinner in Washington, D.C. Today the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced the four individuals who have been elected for its 2018 Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony. Executive Board Member Dr. Kathy Hughes and Executive Director Amy Spowart revealed the names before an audience of nearly 300 attendees at the fall awards dinner of the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C. Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2017 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to Aviation Career Enrichment, Inc.

September 7, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Spowart (937) 256-0944 ext. 11 aspowart@nationalaviation.org September 6, 2017 For immediate release The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2017 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to Aviation Career Enrichment, Inc. Dayton, OH: The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its coveted 2017 Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to Aviation Career Enrichment, Inc. (ACE) during the 55th Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony to be held in Fort Worth, TX on October 28th, 2017. Founded in 1980 by Julius Alexander, ACE, a 501(c)(3), introduces and trains...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame to Present Prestigious Armstrong Award to Pioneering Aviator Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr.

August 31, 2017

Dayton, OH:  The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Armstrong Award will recognize the late Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., USMC.  Lt. Gen. Petersen was a courageous role model who overcame racial barriers to become the U.S. Marine Corps first black aviator. Upon returning to the U.S. from combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, General Petersen rose through the ranks to become the first African-American General Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.    When Petersen retired from military life after serving 38 years in the U.S. Navy,...

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Four legends of air and space selected to serve as presenters at 2017 National Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony

April 12, 2017

Record number of former enshrinees expected to return for  the “Oscar Night of Aviation” at the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show this October (DAYTON, OH – April 12, 2017)  On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will formally enshrine four more outstanding air and space pioneers as the Class of 2017, bringing number of individuals to 237 so honored, to date.   Over a dozen former enshrinees are expected to attend the ceremony, including four who have been selected to each serve in the time-honored role of “Presenter” of an inductee.   The 55th...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame announces latest industry gifts to $5 million “Come With Us” Campaign

March 21, 2017

L3 Technologies and Cubic Corporation latest to commit to Learning Center enhancement and expansion of aviation education programs (DAYTON, Ohio – March 21, 2017)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced this morning that two leading defense technology companies, L3 Technologies and Cubic Corporation, have each contributed $50,000 in support of the organization’s Come With Us Campaign.    The non-profit NAHF, founded in 1962 and chartered by U.S. Congress, serves to honor America’s outstanding air and space pioneers.  Among the 233 men and women it has inducted thus far are the Wright Brothers, Bessie Coleman, Charles Lindbergh, and Neil Armstrong. ...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame setting record pace for 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony sponsorship

“Oscar Night of Aviation” attracting industry leaders, air and space legends (DAYTON, OH – March 14, 2017)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that only four days after the launch of the 2017 Enshrinement Sponsored Table Sales campaign, total sales to date exceed $100,000.  According to NAHF officials, front-row “Platinum Table” sponsorships at $16,000 each are in the highest demand, with overall table reservations from aerospace industry leaders like Cirrus Aircraft, United Airlines, PerformAir International and GE Aviation helping set the record pace.  The $100,000 mark is over half the total of last year’s enshrinement...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame issues “Call for Entries” for 31st Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award

March 7, 2017

  (March 1, 2017 – DAYTON, Ohio)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for its 31st Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 cash stipend. Founded in 1986 by famed research test pilot, the late A. Scott Crossfield, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Nominations will be examined by a review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals for documentation of a teacher’s effectiveness, creativity and ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves with aerospace being...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame announces “call for entries” for 15th Annual Combs Gates Award

February 19, 2017

National Aviation Hall of Fame announces “call for entries” for 15th Annual Combs Gates Award $20,000 juried prize to be presented at 2017 NBAA Convention in Orlando (DAYTON, OH – February 16, 2017)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has officially announced its nationwide “call for entries” for the 15th Annual Combs Gates Award.  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a submitted project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  The subject of submitted projects ideally spotlights one or more of the...

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NAHF Attorney David Greer’s Response to Congressman Mike Turner

February 10, 2017

The National Aviation Hall of Fame would like to share the correspondence below regarding accusations made by Congressman Mike Turner  on January 25, 2017. The three documents include our attorneys letter and letters from the two Trustees that Congressman Turner cited has having support from for his investigation. To see the signed documents, please click this link: Letter to Congressman Michael Turner02032016 Below is the text of the 3 letters: February 2, 2017 Michael R. Turner Member of the Congress of the United States House of Representatives 2368 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman Turner: Mr. Harris...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame reflects on the passing of Eugene A. “Gene” Cernan, 2000 Enshrinee

January 17, 2017

(DAYTON, Ohio – January 17, 2017)  It is with much sadness and admiration that the National Aviation Hall of Fame reflects on the passing of 2000 Enshrinee, Capt. Eugene A. “Gene” Cernan, USN, age 82.  Capt Cernan died on January 16th in Houston, Texas, after a lengthy illness.  We find comfort in learning from NASA that he was surrounded by family, and offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Jan Nanna Cernan, former wife, Barbara Jean Atchley, daughter Tracy Cernan Woolie, and the extended Cernan Family. Like his fellow moonwalking astronaut and NAHF Enshrinee, Neil Armstrong, Capt. Cernan was an...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame to hold its 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony at the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas

December 16, 2016

The National Aviation Hall of Fame to hold its 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony at the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas (Dayton, OH – December 15, 2017)   The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its 55th Annual Enshrinement Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show taking place in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 28 – 29, 2017.  The formal NAHF dinner and ceremony, widely known as America’s “Oscar Night of Aviation,” will see the Class of 2017 formally inducted on the evening of Saturday,...

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The NAHF Joins #GivingTuesday

November 15, 2016

The National Aviation Hall of Fame Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges to the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s benefit the Come With Us Capital Campaign Dayton, OH: The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring on November 29, #GivingTuesday inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.   The NAHF is embarking on a nationwide effort called the Come...

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NAHF’s Wings of Women 2016: The best WOW conference yet!

November 8, 2016

Wings of Women is an annual mentoring program offering girls 13 to 17 years old an opportunity to meet and be inspired by successful women in the many fascinating and challenging fields of aviation. The day-long event is filled with career exploration, discovery, inspiration and fun! Each girl walks away with an inspiration for dreams and many resources to reach for those dreams. WOW’s aim is to stir girls’ interest in their futures, introduce them to  career opportunities, resources that are available, and demonstrate that it is possible to achieve success in aviation, and in life. The WOW Conference is...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals names of four in Enshrinee “Class of 2017”

November 3, 2016

Inductees’ contributions span the dawn of the jet age through U.S. manned space programs Announcement made at NBAA Convention (Orlando, FL – November 2, 2016)  Today the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) publicly revealed the names of four individuals elected as the Enshrinee Class of 2017, each of whom will be inducted at a formal ceremony next fall.  NAHF Enshrinement Director Ron Kaplan, accompanied by several former enshrinees and the Great Grand-niece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, made the announcement before an audience of nearly 1,000 attendees at a special session of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention...

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Robert “Bob” Hoover 1922 – 2016

October 26, 2016

If there is such a thing as aviation royalty, Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, enshrined in 1988, was our beloved and benevolent king. We were among the legions, of all stripes, eagerly hanging on his every word as he often humbly regaled us with yet another true tale infused with genuine warmth, wit and hard-earned wisdom. Though he has passed from this earthly existence, we at the National Aviation Hall of Fame are lifted to have had Bob Hoover’s friendship and support, and find comfort in knowing his example will here live on to inspire generations to come.

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2016 NAHF Annual Meeting will be on December 1st

The National Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its Annual Meeting on December 1st, 2016 at 0930 in the NAHF Board Room.  All Members are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please contact: Melissa Paule Office & Events Manager 937-256-0944 ext. 19 mpaule@nationalaviation.org

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“The Wright Brothers” book earns author and historian 14th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Combs Gates Award

October 17, 2016

David McCullough to receive $20,000 prize from NAHF during NBAA Convention in Orlando (Dayton, OH – September 15, 2016)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced that David McCullough’s best-selling book, The Wright Brothers, has earned its author the 14th Annual Combs Gates Award.   McCullough will be presented the $20,000 cash prize on Wednesday, November 2nd, at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 69th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida.  Presenting the award will be representatives of the NAHF as well as several Hall of Fame enshrinees. The Wright Brothers (Simon & Shuster, 2015) presents the extraordinary story-behind-the-story...

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Georgia high school teacher receives 2016 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year

Kenneth Phelps accepts $5,000 award during National Aviation Hall of Fame “Oscar Night of Aviation” on October 1 in Dayton, Ohio (Dayton, Ohio – October 17, 2016)   On Saturday, October 1st, retired Delta Airlines Captain Kenneth W. Phelps, a Program Consultant and Instructor for the Gwinnett County (Georgia) Public Schools, received the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) 2016 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of Year Award.  Phelps was presented the $5,000 check and award in Dayton, Ohio, during the NAHF 54th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony.  Widely known as the “Oscar Night of Aviation,” the black-tie gala included the...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame announces “call for entries” for 14th Annual Combs Gates Award

April 21, 2016

$20,000 juried prize to be presented at 2016 NBAA Convention in Orlando  (DAYTON, OH – April 21, 2016)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has officially announced its nationwide “call for entries” for the 14th Annual Combs Gates Award.  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a submitted project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  The subject of submitted projects ideally spotlights one or more of the 229 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted, to date, into the Congressionally-chartered,...

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“Pioneers of Stealth” receives 2015 Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award

December 24, 2015

Group honored by National Aviation Hall of Fame for low observables development (DAYTON, Ohio – Dec. 24, 2015)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has awarded its 2015 Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award to the “Pioneers of Stealth” in recognition of its contributions to the early development of low observables (“stealth”) technology.   The annual award, which was established by the NAHF in 1981 and later renamed in tribute to longtime Hall of Fame supporter, Dayton native and acclaimed artist, Milton Caniff, is presented to group or organization in honor of exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight. According...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals names of four to be inducted in “Class of 2016”

November 18, 2015

Announcement made at NBAA Convention – October 2016 ceremony enshrines first Shuttle pilot, Medal of Honor recipient, NASA pioneer and former EAA leader (Las Vegas, NV – Nov. 18, 2015)  Today the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced the names of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in Dayton.  Enshrinement Director Ron Kaplan and NAHF Trustee Phil Roberts revealed the names before an audience of nearly 1,000 attendees at a special session of the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year,...

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Annual Meeting on December 3rd, 2015

November 3, 2015

The National Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its Annual Meeting on December 3rd, 2015 at 0930 in the NAHF Board Room.  All Members are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please contact: Melissa Paule Office Administrator 937-256-0944 ext. 11 mpaule@nationalaviation.org

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13th Annual Combs Gates Award goes to filmmaker for “Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project”

October 20, 2015

Kim Furst to receive $20,000 prize from National Aviation Hall of Fame at NBAA Convention (DAYTON, Ohio – October 20, 2015)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that a documentary about one of its legendary enshrinees, Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, has earned its producer/writer/director, Kim Furst, of Kilo Foxtrot Productions, the 13th Annual Combs Gates Award.  “Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project,” tells the life story of the man many consider to be “the pilot’s pilot” and was inducted into the NAHF in 1988.  Ms. Furst will be presented the $20,000 award on November 18th at the...

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North Dakota high school teacher selected as 2015 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year

August 31, 2015

Mike McHugh to receive $5,000 award during National Aviation Hall of Fame “Oscar Night of Aviation” on October 2 in Dayton, Ohio (DAYTON, Ohio – August 31, 2015)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that Mike McHugh, the Aviation Instructor at the Bismarck Career Academy in Bismarck, North Dakota, has been selected as the 2015 A. Scott Crossfield Educator of the Year.  McHugh will receive the honor, including a $5,000 cash award, during the NAHF 53rd Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony on Friday, October 2, in Dayton.  The presentation will precede the inaugural NAHF Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement...

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Apollo 13 Commander James A. Lovell to receive inaugural National Aviation Hall of Fame Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award during “Oscar Night of Aviation”

June 11, 2015

Former astronaut to accept at 53rd Annual NAHF Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on October 2, 2015 in Dayton (Dayton, Ohio – June 11, 2015)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today the founding of the Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award, named after the first man to walk on the lunar surface and a 1979 Enshrinee of the Hall of Fame.  The Armstrong Award has been established by the NAHF to annually recognize an exceptional one-time aviation performance of national or international significance by a U.S. citizen, or by a group, the majority of which are U.S. citizens. Former NASA astronaut,...

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Hartzell Propeller and Hartzell Industries announced as Co-Presenting Sponsors of Our “Oscar Night of Aviation”

May 27, 2015

53rd Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony takes place in Dayton on October 2, 2015 (DAYTON, Ohio – May 27, 2015) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that Hartzell Propeller Inc. and Hartzell Industries are the Co-Presenting Sponsors for the 53rd Annual NAHF Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony. The black-tie gala, widely known as America’s “Oscar Night of Aviation,” will take place Friday, October 2nd, in the NAHF Learning Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force. United by shared heritage, the separate ownership teams of these companies are pleased to join together to celebrate...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame issues “Call-for-Entries” for 2015 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award

May 1, 2015

Recipient to receive $5,000 at National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on October 2, 2015 (May 11, 2015 – Dayton, OH)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is seeking entries for the 29^th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 cash stipend to the recipient.  Founded by famed research test pilot Scott Crossfield in 1986, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Nominations will be examined by a review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals for documentation of a...

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13th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries”

April 8, 2015

$20,000 juried prize to be presented at 2015 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas (DAYTON, OH – April 8, 2015)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has officially announced its nationwide “call for entries” for the 13th Annual Combs Gates Award.  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a submitted project judged to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  The subject of submitted projects ideally spotlights one or more of the 225 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted, to date, into the...

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Remembering Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton Jr. (1925-2015)

February 18, 2015

1999 Enshrinee, Fitzhugh Fulton Jr, passes at age 89 1925 – 2015 Enshrined in 1999 Pilot Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton Jr., known as the “Dean of Flight Test” for his involvement in pioneering programs including the space shuttle piggyback flights, has died. He was 89. Fulton died Wednesday at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks from complications of Parkinson’s disease, his daughter, Ginger Terry, told the Los Angeles Times. His four-decade career included flying for the military, NASA and Scaled Composites, headed by aviation pioneer Burt Rutan. In 1977, Fulton was at the controls of the specially...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals names of four to be enshrined in “Class of 2015”

December 17, 2014

Four to be inducted during formal ceremony in October of 2015 include pioneers in propeller development, supersonic flight and man’s exploration of space (Dayton, Ohio – Dec. 16, 2014)  Today the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced the names of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony on Friday, October 2, 2015 in Dayton.  On that night they will officially join the roster of 225 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962. The four names and photos of the incoming Enshrinee...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame announces Dayton History to operate its public Learning Center

December 9, 2014

Collaboration by two non-profits hailed as way to enhance visitor experience, boost attendance at interactive exhibit hall (Dayton, Ohio – December 8, 2014) – Today the Congressionally-chartered non-profit National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) publicly announced a new partnership that turns the daily operations of the NAHF Learning Center over to Dayton History, effective January 1, 2015.  Located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (NMUSAF), the 14,500-square-foot NAHF Learning Center exhibit hall features displays, flight simulators, and interactive exhibits that honor its 225 enshrinees.  The agreement includes Dayton History’s integration of the NAHF volunteers into its volunteer...

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“Voices of Valor” documentary video series earns director/producer team 12th Annual NAHF Combs Gates Award

September 15, 2014

Jon Tennyson and Scott Guyette to receive $20,000 prize from National Aviation Hall of Fame at NBAA Convention  (Dayton, OH – September 8, 2014)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that a series of one-hour documentary biographies titled “Voices of Valor” has earned writer/director Jon Tennyson and producer/director of cinematography, Scott Guyette of Green Lake, Wisconsin its 12th Annual Combs Gates Award.  The two will be presented the $20,000 award during a luncheon October 21st at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida.  Presenting the award will be representatives of the...

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Connecticut STEM teacher to be honored with 2014 Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award

August 22, 2014

Rachael Manzer to receive $5,000 check at the National Aviation Hall of Fame 52nd Annual Enshrinement Ceremony on October 4th in Dayton (Dayton, Ohio – August 22, 2014)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced today that the 2014 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award will be presented to Rachael Manzer, the STEM coach at the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.   Ms. Manzer teaches and models inquiry-based science lessons for K-12 classroom and is a Pathfinder Astronaut Candidate through the Teachers in Space Program.  She will receive the award, including a $5,000 cash stipend,...

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WOW Conference – 2015

July 25, 2014

WOW, Girls! The Sky Can Be Your Limit   Wings of Women annual mentoring program will take place October 2015. This exciting event offers girls 13 – 17 an opportunity to meet and be inspired by successful women in the many fascinating and challenging fields of aviation. Enjoy a day filled with career exploration, discovery, inspiration and fun! Each girl walks away with her head full of dreams and her hands full of resources to reach for those dreams. WOW’s aim is to stir girls’ interest in their futures, introduce them to career opportunities, resources that are available, and demonstrate...

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EAA’s Young Eagles Program to receive 2014 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award July 30

June 26, 2014

EAA program founded in 1992 cited for fostering youth interest in flight and careers in aviation; award presentation takes place July 30 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (June 26, 2014 – Dayton, OH)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) annually presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to a group or organization in recognition for its exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight.  Receiving the 2014 honor will be the Young Eagles Program of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Since its inception in 1992, Young Eagles has consistently proven itself a key driver of introducing young people...

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12th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries” announced by National Aviation Hall of Fame

May 29, 2014

(Dayton, OH – April 28, 2014)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announces it’s “call for entries” for the 12th Annual Combs Gates Award.  The prestigious $20,000 cash award is presented each year to an individual or group for a submitted project juried to be exemplary in the promotion and preservation of America’s air and space heritage.  Ideally the subject of submitted projects spotlights on one or more of the 219 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted to date into the Congressionally chartered, non-profit NAHF. The 2014 award ceremony will take place, as it has each...

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Women in Aviation, International to receive National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award

March 5, 2014

2013 honor announced last year at Oshkosh; formal award presentation takes place this Friday, March 7, 2014 at WAI’s 25th annual conference in Orlando (March 5, 2014 – Orlando, FL)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) annually presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to a group or organization in recognition for its exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight.  Last August, at the EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the NAHF announced Women in Aviation, International (WAI) as the 2013 “Spirit of Flight” Award recipient, but that the formal presentation of the award would wait until WAI’s...

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53rd Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony

January 16, 2014

Save the date! October 4, 2014 National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center and adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force – Dayton, Ohio Help us honor six outstanding air and space pioneers and induct them into the Hall of Fame among a “who’s who” of aviation legends, leaders and enthusiasts! $150 Patron Seat includes Patron Welcome Reception, Dinner & Ceremony $300 Premium Seat includes VIP Photo Reception ($50 value), Dinner & Ceremony 5:30 PM private VIP Photo Reception in the NAHF Learning Center ($50/person with Patron Seat purchase) 6:00 PM Patron Welcome Reception in the Museum’s Kettering...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals names of “Class of 2014” at Wright Brothers Anniversary dinner

December 17, 2013

Six to be enshrined in October of 2014 include first female U.S. jet airline captain, Apollo astronaut, air racer, pioneering test pilot and aircraft designing duo (Dayton, Ohio – Dec. 17, 2013) Tonight the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) revealed the names of six individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony in Dayton on October 4, 2014.  The six will join a roster of 219 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962. The names and photos of the incoming Enshrinee Class of...

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Mural saluting legendary Douglas Aircraft airliners earns artist the 11th Annual Combs Gates Award

October 23, 2013

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees present $20,000 prize to Mike Machat at NBAA Convention (LAS VEGAS, NV – October 23, 2013)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) this morning awarded its 11th Annual Combs Gates Award to aviation artist, Mike Machat, of Woodland Hills, California.  Machat is being recognized for his 10’ by 20’ mural titled Fly DOUGLAS!, located at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California.  Machat received the $20,000 Combs Gates Award in a formal presentation at a special session of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 66th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada....

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Enshrinement Ceremony MOVED to Hope Hotel Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center in Dayton

October 2, 2013

Government shut down forces National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony out of its own Learning Center and adjacent National Museum of the USAF  51st Annual “Oscar Night of Aviation” moves to Hope Hotel Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center in Dayton for sold-out dinner & ceremony on Friday, October 4 (Dayton, Ohio – October 2, 2013)  The Congressionally chartered non-profit 501(c)(3) National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) hosts its 51st Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on Friday, October 4.   Over 600 will be attending the sold out, black-tie event.  Enshrinement receptions were to have taken place Friday in the NAHF...

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SOLD OUT! Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony: Friday, October 4, 2013

October 1, 2013

The 51st Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony will take place this Friday, October 4, 2013.  The event is sold out – there are no more seats are available. Due to the budget impasse and temporary government shut-down, if the event cannot be held at the NAHF Learning Center and National Museum of the USAF, it will take place at an alternate Dayton location.  We will post updates and details here.

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Remembering Paul Poberezny (1921 – 2013)

August 22, 2013

1999 Enshrinee and EAA Founder, Paul Poberezny, passes at age 91 1921 – 2013 Enshrined in 1999 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Founder Paul Poberezny, a 1999 Enshrinee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wis., after a battle with cancer. He was 91. The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy...

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Legendary Army aviator among four to be honored at 51st Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony

July 22, 2013

Tuskegee Airmen mentor, Navy “Top Gun” Shuttle astronaut, civil aviation pioneer among those enshrined at “Oscar Night of Aviation” October 4th in Dayton (Dayton, Ohio – July 22, 2013)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will soon add more illustrious names to its roster of 215 air and space pioneers previously so honored by the Congressionally chartered organization. Among the four individuals to be inducted on October 4, 2013, is the first Army Aviator to be enshrined into the Hall, retired Major General Patrick H. Brady. Considered by many to be the top helicopter pilot of the Viet Nam...

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11th Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries” deadline extended

June 14, 2013

Eleventh Annual Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries” deadline extended by National Aviation Hall of Fame $20,000 award recognizes excellence in preserving aviation history (Dayton, OH – June 14, 2013)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame has extended the deadline for its Eleventh Annual Combs Gates Award submissions to July 1, 2013.  The original deadline had been May 25.   The prestigious $20,000 cash honor is presented annually to an individual or group for a submitted project juried to be exemplary in the preservation and promotion of America’s air and space heritage.  The Combs Gates Award will be presented during the...

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51st Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony, Friday, October 4, 2013

On Friday, October 4, 2013 the 51st Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony will be held at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center and adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force – Dayton, Ohio Help us honor four more American air and space heroes and induct them into the Hall of Fame among a “who’s who” of aviation legends, leaders and enthusiasts! $150 Patron Seat includes Patron Welcome Reception, Dinner & Ceremony $300 Premium Seat includes VIP Photo Reception ($50 value), Dinner & Ceremony 5:30 PM private VIP Photo Reception in the NAHF Learning Center ($50/person) 6:00...

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SPECIAL NAHF MEMBERSHIP MEETING

April 7, 2013

SPECIAL NAHF MEMBERSHIP MEETING   The NAHF President has called for a special Membership/Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Headquarters Board Room at 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, Ohio, at 9:00 am Eastern time.  The specified purpose of this meeting is to adopt changes to the NAHF by-laws in accordance with Article XIX, Section One and Article V, Section Two, of the current NAHF by-laws as amended and current on November 11, 2010.  E-mail NAHF@nationalaviation.org to request a copy of the proposed amended by-laws.

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27th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award “Call for Entries”

March 15, 2013

(March 10 , 2013 – Dayton, OH)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for the 27th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 cash stipend. Founded by famed research test pilot Scott Crossfield in 1986, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Nominations will be examined by a review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals for documentation of a teacher’s effectiveness, creativity and ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves with aerospace being the part of the...

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals Names of “Class of 2013” at Wright Brothers Anniversary Dinner

December 18, 2012

Tuskegee Airmen mentor, Medal of Honor Army pilot, Navy “Top Gun” Shuttle astronaut, commercial aviation pioneer among four to be enshrined October 2013 (Dayton, Ohio – Dec. 17, 2012)  Tonight the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Board of Trustees revealed the names of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony that will be held in October of 2013.  The four will be joining the roster of 215 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962. The names and photos of the incoming...

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Honor Flight receives National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2012 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award

Group has transported thousands of U.S. military veterans by air to visit memorial in Washington, D.C. with help of volunteer pilots and commercial carriers (Dayton, Ohio – Dec. 17, 2012)  Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that transports America’s veterans, at no cost to them, to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials that honor their service and sacrifices.  Top priority is given to the most senior heroes – those who served in WWII.  The group estimates that an average of 900 WWII vets die every day, so their mission is urgent. The concept of Honor Flight was the brainchild of...

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NAHF awarded Engen Trophy by Aero Club of Washington

November 19, 2012

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2012 – The Aero Club of Washington presented the National Aviation Hall of Fame with the 2012 Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence.  The trophy is awarded to an individual, team or organization which through a record of lifetime achievement , a single event, or a series of acts reaffirms the Wright Brothers’ standards of excellence in aviation.  The Aero Club, founded in 1909, was founded to promote the Wright Brothers and their efforts.  Each year it has awarded the annual trophy for Aviation Excellence. NAHF Board Chairman Phil Roberts said, “It is...

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Annual Meeting of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees

The Annual Meeting of the National  Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and members has been set for 9:00 am (Eastern Time) on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in the NAHF boardroom located at 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, Ohio 45433.  One of the purposes of this meeting is to elect trustees for the coming year.  In addition the board will consider any matter brought before it by the membership.  Members wishing to bring a matter before the Board for consideration should present the matter in writing to the Secretary no later than ten (10) days before the meeting so it...

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Daughter’s Book on Transport Pilot’s WWII Experience Earns Author the 10th Annual Combs Gates Award

October 26, 2012

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees will present $20,000 prize to Regina Wirtanen Buker at NBAA Convention on October 31 (Dayton, OH – October 24, 2012)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the recipient of its 10th Annual Combs Gates Award will be first-time author, Regina Wirtanen Buker, of Baltimore, Maryland.  Buker is being recognized for her as yet unpublished book, The Skytrain Pilot: Flying a C-47 into Combat.  Ms. Buker will receive the $20,000 cash award in a formal presentation on the morning of Wednesday, October 31, at a special opening session of the National Business Aviation...

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Remembering Neil Armstrong

October 25, 2012

Neil Alden Armstrong August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012 Enshrined in 1979 The National Aviation Hall of Fame joins the entire world in mourning the loss of 1979 Enshrinee Neil Armstrong, who passed away on August 25, 2012. When the NAHF Board of Nominations formally recognized Mr. Armstrong for his achievements, it was not only for his having been the first man to step foot on the lunar surface, but also for his contributions preceding and following that pivotal milestone event. Having learned to fly as youngster in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil earned his pilot’s license at age 15, before...

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame Marks the Passing of Enshrinee Al Ueltschi

October 18, 2012

Aviation safety and training icon is also remembered as a world class humanitarian Dayton, Ohio 2012 – The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) loses a great enshrinee with the passing of safety industry legend, 95-year-old Albert Lee Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of FlightSafety International, Inc. Mr. Ueltschi died on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Vero Beach, Florida. “Safety is the foundation on which our air transportation industry rests its operational record, and the US has the best training systems in the world because of Al Ueltschi’s pioneering leadership” said Phil Roberts, Chairman of the NAHF Board of Trustees. ...

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50th Anniversary Enshrinement Attracts “Who’s Who” of Air and Space Legends

October 3, 2012

National Aviation Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Attracts “Who’s Who” of Air and Space Legends Astronauts, military heroes, industry leaders and aviation buffs to descend on Dayton this Saturday to celebrate four pioneering enshrinees into Hall (Dayton, Ohio – October 3, 2012) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today officially announced the participants taking in part in the 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony, to be held at the Dayton Convention Center on Saturday, October 6th. The Master of Ceremonies will be former Good Morning America show host, producer, and writer, David Hartman, a long-time NAHF supporter. Hartman...

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Take Flight with the Wright Brothers – Friday, October 5th

July 23, 2012

Friday October 5th – Take flight with the Wright brothers by following in the footsteps of Wilbur and Orville as you see where practical flight took off and visit Dayton’s aviation places.  Tour includes pick up at Crowne Plaza, admissions, lunch, and tour of Hawthorn Hill. Events begin with a kick off for the weekend at the Wright National Monument at 9 a.m.  Bus will pick up  at Crowne Plaza and return to Crowne Plaza by 3 p.m. Tour hosts  Reed and Judy Madden – Purchase Tour Tickets Here for $60.00

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Boosts Award Amount

June 6, 2012

Winner of 26th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award to receive $5,000 National Aviation Hall of Fame boosts award amount, extends teacher “Call-for-Entries” to June 30th (Dayton, OH – June 6, 2012) The Congressionally Chartered, National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced that several donors have boosted the cash stipend for the 26th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award from its original amount of $1,500 to $5,000. The award is a juried competition open to current teachers serving grades K through 12. In addition, the deadline for this year’s award nominations...

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Remembering Evelyn Bryan Johnson (1909-2012)

May 11, 2012

Evelyn Bryan Johnson November 4, 1909 – May 10, 2012 Enshrined in 2007 It is with great sadness that the National Aviation Hall of Fame reports the May 10, 2012, passing of 2007 Enshrinee Evelyn Bryan Johnson, known to legions of her student pilots as ‘Mama Bird.’ She was 102. We encourage you to visit the NAHF biography of Evelyn that was posted here at the time of her enshrinement in 2007. Ms. Johnson first learned to fly in 1944, ultimately earning notice in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most flying hours – over 57,000, the...

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Call for Entries: 2012 Crossfield Teacher’s Award

May 8, 2012

26th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award “Call for Entries” National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for this prestigious award Honoring America’s Aerospace Teachers (Dayton, Ohio – May 8, 2012) The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for the 26th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend. Founded by famed research test pilot Scott Crossfield in 1986, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Nominations will be examined by a review committee...

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Five Outstanding Leaders Added to the Board of Trustees

April 24, 2012

The NAHF mission “Inspiring future generations through the accomplishments of America’s aerospace pioneers, heroes and leaders” will be greatly advanced by five outstanding additions to the Board of Trustees. (Dayton, Ohio – April 17, 2012)  The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the addition of five outstanding aviation Leaders to their Board of Trustees.  The five are retired Army four star General Richard “Dick” Cody, 2011 NAHF Enshrinee Harry Robertson, attorney Geraldine Carolan, Air Force acquisition expert Frances Duntz and financial professional Mark Sparling. The Chairman of the Board of the NAHF, Phil Roberts said, “We are delighted...

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U.S. Chamber Honors Business Aviation Veteran Russ Meyer

April 18, 2012

Before a packed house at an annual Aviation Summit held April 12 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman Emeritus Russ Meyer received the prestigious Carol B. Hallett Award recognizing his more than four decades of service and achievement in aviation. Presenting the award, Melissa Rudinger, senior vice president for government affairs of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, outlined for attendees Mr. Meyer’s career path, from a fighter pilot serving in both the U.S. Air Force and The Marine Corps, to Grumman, to more than three decades at Cessna where she credited him with “revitalizing the...

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Call for Entries: 2012 A. Scott Crossfield Teacher of the Year Award

March 19, 2012

  26th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award “Call for Entries” National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for this prestigious award Honoring America’s Aerospace Teachers (Dayton, Ohio – March 19, 2012) The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for the 26th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend.  Founded by famed research test pilot Scott Crossfield in 1986, the award is a juried competition open to current classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Nominations will be examined by a review committee...

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Date and Location of 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Ceremony Announced

March 7, 2012

50th Anniversary of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Attracting a “Who’s Who” of Aerospace Pioneers, Heroes and Leaders Dayton, Ohio selected as Enshrinement site to celebrate four pioneering Inductees into the National Aviation Hall of Fame (Dayton, Ohio – March 7, 2012) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the date and location for the 50th Anniversary of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony, which will be held in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday October 6th, 2012. The decision was made after significant deliberations and commitments from Dayton business leaders to ensure the...

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First American to Orbit the Earth 50 Years Ago

February 22, 2012

For Immediate Release National Aviation Hall of Fame     First American to Orbit the Earth 50 Years Ago Then Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn, Jr., USMC became the first US astronaut to orbit earth in his Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft (Dayton, Ohio – February 20, 2012) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today reflected on the historic flight of John Glenn, 50 years ago, when launched by an Atlas rocket from Cape Canaveral in his Friendship 7 spacecraft he orbited earth three times becoming the first American to circumnavigate the globe. A half century ago the only other living...

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Jack Pelton and George Saling, newest additions to NAHF Board of Trustees

January 27, 2012

Two Outstanding Aviation Leaders Added to the Board of Trustees The NAHF mission of “inspiring future generations through the accomplishments of America’s aerospace pioneers, heroes and leaders” will be greatly advanced by two outstanding additions to the Board of Trustees: Jack Pelton, retired Chairman of Cessna Aircraft Company, and George Saling, previous Aviation Director for Phillip Morris and Altria (Dayton, Ohio – January 27, 2012) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the addition of two outstanding aviation professionals to their Board of Trustees, Jack Pelton and George Saling. Jack is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive...

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NAHF, enshrinees return to NBAA in Las Vegas – October 10-12, 2011

September 29, 2011

Going to NBAA next month? Be sure to stop by our booth – #7135 – and meet Hall of Fame enshrinees like Gene Cernan and Clay Lacy, plus this year’s Combs Gates Award recipient, Heather Taylor. During their appearance they’ll be personally greeting and meeting visitors at our display while promoting a Hall of Fame membership ‘show special’ available only during NBAA. Tuesday, October 11th, from 1 pm – 2 pm, director and producer, Heather Taylor, will screen clips from her documentary, Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby, and sign DVD copies of this acclaimed production...

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Remembering Cliff Robertson (1923 – 2011)

September 11, 2011

Cliff Robertson September 9, 1923 – September 10, 2011 Enshrined in 2006 It is with a heavy heart that the National Aviation Hall of Fame reacts to news of 2006 enshrinee Cliff Robertson’s passing. He died from natural causes on Saturday, September 10th, just a day after his 88th birthday. Cliff’s passion for sharing his love of flying with everyone he met is well documented, and includes using his talent, time and treasure to aid his fellow man, sometimes a world away. We encourage you to visit the NAHF biography of Cliff that was posted here at the time of...

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Documentary on 1929 Women’s Air Derby earns independent filmmaker Ninth Annual Combs Gates Award

September 7, 2011

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees will present $20,000 prize to Heather Taylor at NBAA Convention on October 11 Dayton, OH – Sept. 6, 2011) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the recipient of its Ninth Annual Combs Gates Award will be filmmaker Heather Taylor, of Columbia, Maryland. Taylor is being recognized for the documentary she directed and produced, Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby. Taylor will receive the $20,000 cash award in a formal presentation on the morning of Tuesday, October 11, at a special opening session of the National Business Aviation Association...

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Remembering Betty Skelton (1926–2011)

September 1, 2011

Betty Skelton Frankman (1926 – 2011)   The National Aviation Hall of Fame board of trustees, staff and members were deeply saddened to learn of enshrinee Betty Skelton Frankman’s passing on August 31, 2011.   Betty will forever be known as “The First Lady of Firsts,” having set 17 aviation and motorsports records among her many pioneering accomplishments.  She still holds more combined aircraft and automotive records than anyone in history, and was instrumental in paving the way for women to enjoy equal opportunities in aviation, sports and business. In 1959, she was asked to undergo numerous physical and psychological...

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Our 2011 Enshrinees

August 27, 2011

Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr. Acclaimed as the first man into space reaching 126,200 feet, and nicknamed “America’s No. 1 Spaceman”. Charles E. McGee His 409 aerial fighter combat missions over three wars is a record that still stands. He is a leader in the Tuskegee Airmen Association. S. Harry Robertson Jr. Dr. S. Harry Robertson, inventor of the Robertson Crashworthy Fuel System, or “Robbie Tanks”, is credited with saving thousand’s of pilot’s lives. His ballistically tolerant, self-sealing fuel cells have been put to the test, and tried by fire since the system was first employed in the 1970s. Thomas White Former...

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NAHF 1st Annual Golf Classic!

August 7, 2011

The First Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Golf Classic! THANK YOU: • Wright-Dunbar, Inc. • CAE • The Hoeweler Group Inc. • Marilynn Berry • Cassel Hills Golf CourseAs well as our players for making the First Annual Golf Classic a success. $6,300 was raised for our Learning Center!

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Shella Condino: National Aviation Hall of Fame 2011 Crossfield Teacher of the Year

July 30, 2011

Mrs. Shella Condino honored as National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2011 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Eduacation Teacher of the Year     Shella R. Condino, physics teacher at Presidio High School, Presidio, Texas, was unanimously chosen by the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s selection committee to receive the 2011 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award.  Nominated by employee Milt Clary, Mrs. Condino represents the best attributes of an education professional: dedication, commitment, resourcefulness, innovation, and creativity. Overlook Systems is very proud of its association with her and Presidio’s rocketry students. The A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education...

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Around the world, non-stop!

25th Anniversary of the most incredible flight ever.   This year marks the 25th anniversary of the most incredible flight ever by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. The aircraft was first imagined by Jeana, Dick, and his brother Burt Rutan as they were at lunch in 1981. The initial idea was first sketched out on the back of a napkin. The flight took off from Edwards Air Force Base’s 15,000 foot (4,600 m) runway in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986,...

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In Memory of Walter C. Pague

July 5, 2011

National Aviation Hall of Fame mourns the Passing of Industry leader Walter C. Pague The NAHF announced today the passing if Walter C. Pague, a former Director of Aviation for ARMCO Steel Corporation and long time Board of Nominations Member.

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NAHF “Class of 2011” inductees’ achievements span and make history

May 4, 2011

Four to be honored with enshrinement July 16 include Dr. S. Harry Robertson, Arizona native known as “Father of the Crashworthy Fuel System” (Dayton, Ohio – May 3, 2011) Since it was founded in 1962, the National Aviation Hall of Fame has ensured that America’s outstanding pioneers of air and space have been honored for their contributions and their legacies used to spur future generations to individual excellence, service and citizenship. Founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1962 and chartered by Congress in 1964, the NAHF currently recognizes with enshrinement the achievements of 207 men and women within the walls of...

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Joe Kittinger

March 24, 2011

Fifty years ago, on August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped out of a helium balloon from a record altitude of 102,800 feet and did a free-fall back toward Earth. The record still stands, as does the one he set for fastest speed (614 mph) by a human being through the atmosphere. He was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1997.

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In Memory of Harold Johnson, NAHF Trustee

January 14, 2011

The National Aviation Hall of Fame mourns the loss of longtime friend, trustee and aviation legend Harold Johnson, who passed away at age 85 on January 12, 2011. Harold was not only an advocate for preserving our nation’s aviation heritage, he was a leading participant, from restoring cherished Waco aircraft to flying condition – often starting from a basket of parts – to his tutelage of the many pilots and air show performers who now continue his legacy, many of them based from the very field he co-founded in 1952, Moraine Air Park. His 22,000+ hours logged as pilot included...

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NAHF reveals ‘Class of 2011’ inductees and Spirit of Flight Award recipient

December 17, 2010

Tonight the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) revealed the names of the four individuals elected for enshrinement this July, along with the recipient of its 2011 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award. The NAHF announcement took place at the Engineers Club of Dayton during a dinner hosted by Dayton-based Aviation Trail, Inc. (ATI) in celebration of the 107th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight...

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Remembering Carl Day

November 18, 2010

Carl Day, a longtime Dayton broadcaster and “The Voice of the National Aviation Hall of Fame,” passed away Nov. 17, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Day, 72, acted as master of ceremonies for many Hall of Fame events, and lent his distinctive voice to videos of enshrines shown during annual enshrinement ceremonies. “We lost a dear friend and a true talent,” said Ron Kaplan, enshrinement director. “We all should be so brave as to fight the good fights, as Carl did again and again.” Day, who graduated from high school in Fairborn, worked for every television station in...

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Noted author wins Eighth Annual Combs Gates Award

November 1, 2010

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has announced that pilot and noted aviation author/photographer Philip Handleman of Birmingham, Mich. is the recipient of its Eighth Annual Combs Gates Award. He is being recognized for his work-in-progress, The Rise of American Airpower, an illustrated history of the first century of American airpower with select works from leading aviation artists. Handleman received the $20,000 cash award in a formal presentation Oct. 19, 2010 at the Opening General Session of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Hall of Fame President Alan Hoeweler and several Hall...

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