National Aviation Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement 2018 Date and Venue

February 14, 2018

Amy Spowart
(937) 256-0944 ext. 11
[email protected]

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 our mission,” says NAHF Chairman Michael Quiello. “Our event has always been widely recognized as the Oscar Night of Aviation, but this will be beyond anything our Enshrinees, sponsors and members have ever seen before.  The NAHF has reached the next level.”

The extraordinary class of aviation legends to be inducted at this stellar venue are:

Decorated Korean War veteran, fighter pilot, physicist, Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot and SKYLAB Chief Colonel Walter Cunningham, USMC (Ret); decorated Vietnam veteran, Former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Chief of Staff,  Former Deputy Administrator of NASA and  Director of the National Air and Space General John R. (Jack) Dailey, USMC (Ret); 40-year veteran of NASA, test pilot and aeronautical engineer, project pilot for the X-15 and pilot astronaut for the X-20 and several other aircraft (the late) William H. (Bill) Dana; and United States Air Force Academy graduate, decorated Vietnam veteran (logging 80 missions as a Misty), Command Pilot and Parachutist, 15th Chief of Staff of the Air Force and author of the Air Force Core Values General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret).

“Our Enshrinement 2018 venue, formerly known as the Pension Building, was built in 1887 to house the disbursement of pensions to Civil War veterans and widows and is an early example of Renaissance Revival architecture,” explains NAHF Executive Director Amy Spowart.  “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, the National Building Museum was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1985.  Its column-lined interior has held numerous presidential inaugural balls and even has the Seal of the President of the United States set in the floor.”

Founded in Dayton, OH and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964, the non-profit NAHF is co-located with the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB. Its 17,000 square-foot public Learning Center offers interactive exhibits and attracts over 250,000 visitors a year. NAHF programing includes an annual Wings of Women (WOW) youth education event and other collaborations that support the mission of the 501(c)(3): “Honoring Aerospace Legends to Inspire Future Leaders.”

“The NAHF proudly serves as the only Congressionally-chartered aviation hall of fame that honors the people; industry leaders, pilots and aviators, engineers and scientists, astronauts and inventors who have made American aerospace what it is today,” states NAHF President David Brixey.  “By leveraging our unique position within the NMUSAF, this national treasure inspires visitors by sharing the contributions of our Enshrinees in our Learning Center.”

Sponsorship information and individual seats will be available soon.  Please visit  or contact the NAHF at 937-256-0944, ext. 11 for more information.