Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame


Our mission is to inspire and capture the imagination by connecting people with the story of air and space in Virginia.


Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

The USAF Heritage of America Band Presents, "Home for the Holidays"

December 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Let’s get together for an evening of festive holiday music for the entire family, celebrating season traditions!
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Join A VAHS Chapter:

Pick one close to you and attend a meeting. We have Chapters in the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Warrenton and Richmond.

Click here, for details or call 540-376-3265.

Welcome New VAHS Members

  • Adrian Eichhorn, Warrenton Chapter
  • Lacy Bell, Warrenton Chapter
  • Robert S. Bowen, Williamsburg Chapter
  • Ralph Kew, Warrenton Chapter
  • Seth Anderson, NNMP Chapter

Our Fundraising Goal for 2023 is $40,000
Thank you for our recent donations:

  • Dave Gerrish
  • Van and Lynn Crosby
  • David Sproul
  • Willard Bischcoff
  • Carl Fisher

Aviation News

About The Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

The idea for the society was fostered by Morton W. Lester, a well-known Virginia aviation enthusiast from Martinsville, who saw the need to preserve and display rapidly disappearing aviation artifacts in Virginia.

Lester soon found other Virginians who shared his vision to establish a Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. On Nov. 30, 1977, that vision became a reality when the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society was launched by a group of interested Virginia citizens.


The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame

The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame was created to commemorate and preserve outstanding aviation contributions made in Virginia or by Virginians. Each year, the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Board of Directors selects one or more individuals for recognition and induction into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

VAHS Aviation Hall of Fame Fredericksburg, Va


Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Member
RAdm. Dewitt L. Freeman, USN (Ret.)
Inducted: 2003
Louisa, Virginia

Get involved today…  Join The Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society!

The VAHS is committed to preserving aviation history and educating the general public of the many contributions Virginia has made and is making to the development of aviation and aerospace.



Support the VAHS with a donation, membership or volunteering.

Donate Now: Our Fundraising Goal for 2023 is $40,000

The 2023 Annual Fund Campaign is under way! Every dollar is appreciated!

2023 Donations: Dave Gerrish, Van and Lynn Crosby, David Sproul, Willard Bischcoff, Carl Fisher, Paul Galanti, Michael Grinnan, Karl Hepner, Dave Huss, John Phillip Stubbs, Ray Tyson, Mark Sternheimer, Charlie Russell, Stanley Hague III, Morton Thalhimer, Jr., George Gribble, John Hunton, Ron Gatewood, Nancy Miller (donated to NNMP Chapter), Morton Thalimer, Glenn Baumgartner, Buz Carpenter, David Kale, Bill Tennis, Chris Johnson, Don Serio, Willard Bischoff, Ira and Nicole Grinnan, Mike Kenna, Nancy Miller, Gary Allen, Dutch Rauch, Ann Criswell (in honor of her husband late husband, NNMP member Floyd Criswell)

Help the VAHS in preserving Virginia’s Aviation History to inspire and capture the imagination by connecting people with the story of air and space in Virginia. The annual fund donation provides an opportunity to give special recognition in the “Virginia Eagles” newsletter for those gifts of $100 or more. Corporate matching gifts count toward your total annual contribution.

A few easy ways YOU can help promote the VAHS:

1) Suggest to your local newspaper that the VAHS can be profiled in a short article, including information on how to join the Society. All of the VAHS office contact information is located inside the front cover of this newsletter; all you have to do is pass that information along.

2) If you have a special aviation event coming up—let us know. The VAHS has attractive new materials and light-weight display banners that are easy-to-transport and set up, along with our free Hall of Fame DVD’s that are more popular than candy! Simply contact the VAHS Office Manager, Sue Baker, to give the date of your event and check on availability of the VAHS materials and display, (540) 376-3265 or

3) Gift Memberships–The VAHS is eager to reach new members to enhance and sustain our aviation history audience—our life-blood. Give a friend or student a gift membership today!

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