Enshrinement Ceremony

Enshrinement 2023

September 22, 2023
6 PM – 10:00 PM

National Building Museum
401 F. St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

About Enshrinement

Since 1962 the National Aviation Hall of Fame has inducted over 250 of the nation’s premier air and space pioneers into the organization. Our Enshrinees are the who’s who in the world of aviation including Bessie Coleman, Charles Lindbergh, Kelly Johnson, William Boeing, Joe Engle, and Sally Ride.

At our annual Enshrinement, you can be among some of the heroes already recognized and celebrate with us the heroes yet to come. Join us for this exclusive and exciting evening widely known as the ‘Oscar Night of Aviation.”

Countdown to Enshrinement


Meet The Class of 2023

Two iconic history-making pilots, two groundbreakers in aviation policy, and two NASA astronauts, are all included in this remarkable group.

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Velta Benn (Trailblazer, Pilot, Trendsetter)

  • Born in Virginia in 1917, Benn first learned to fly in 1942.
  • She joined the WASPs in 1944 and trained in Texas before being assigned to Merced Army Airfield in California. Benn would spend her time ferrying pilots and planes around the country.
  • After her time in the WASPs, Benn worked as a military flight instructor near Washington, D.C., training America’s next generation of aviators.
  • Benn became a partner for Aviation Film Services and scripted military training films, flying various aircraft. During her service, Benn became the first woman to land on an aircraft carrier.
  • Velta is highly regarded for her safety in the air and on the ground. She was the first woman to teach AOPA safety clinics in 1968. Benn never lost her flying spirit; over a lifetime of flying, she accumulated 55,000 hours aloft.

Partnership – Become an Enshrinement Sponsor

Your generosity through partnership comes with exclusive benefits and a marketing reach that will place your company or service in front of the industry’s biggest decision-makers, from CEOs and executives to aviation and aerospace heroes. Being a partner at a NAHF Enshrinement is always an exclusive, exciting, and uplifting experience as we take a moment to gather, recognize, and publicly salute our nation’s aviation pioneers.

Become An Enshrinement Sponsor

If you have questions or an interest in an exclusive sponsorship opportunity, please contact Aimee Maruyama, at [email protected] or call 937-256-0044, ext. 11

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