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



Come see the latest addition to the Shannon Air Museum fleet: The "Stars and Stripes" DC3



The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame was created to commemorate and preserve outstanding aviation contributions made in Virginia or by Virginians.



On display, one of the rarest collections of aircraft in the world. The museum has the only Vultee V1A, in the world, as well as many other artifacts.


Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

The next edition of the VAHS "Eagles" newsletter is in the works!

Do you want to add a story or share news with the society? Contact headquarters today!

Join A VAHS Chapter

Pick one close to you or attend a meeting. Currently we have Chapters in the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Warrenton and Richmond. Call 540-376-3265 for details!

New VAHS Members

TR Proven, Broad Run, VA (Sustaining Member Warrenton Chapter), Dean Turner, (Warrenton Chapter), Kasey Campbell (Spotsylvania – FBG Chapter), Sgt. Maj. James VanLuven, Bealeton (Warrenton Chapter), Ron Lawson (NNMP Chapter), Gerry Headley (NNMP Chapter), and Clarke Peele (NNMP Chapter)

Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame 2022

Congratulations Van Crosby, Col. Dave Darrah, Lt. Col. Robert Hepp & Dr. Gladys West. Induction ceremony took place on November 12, 2022 at Shannon Airport. Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this event possible.

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
Lt. Gen. George Loving, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Inducted: 2012
Williamsburg, 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 2022 is $50,000

The 2022 Annual Fund Campaign is under way and we want to give special recognition to those who are helping us reach our goal. Every dollar is appreciated!

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.

Thank you to these folks who donated over $50 in 2022: Gary W. Allen, Col. Richard L. Anderson, Troy G. Arnold, Jr., Willard R. Bischoff, Buz Carpenter, Harold E. Case, Anthony Cassese, Gloria Champine, Norman Leroy Crabill, Van E. Crosby, Luke Curtas, David Darrah, Robert A. Dillon, Charles L. Duckworth, Carl D. Fisher, Greg Fletcher, Mark K. Flynn, Richard Genaille Jr., Dean Gould, Michael P. Grim, Ira D. Grinnan, Jr., William E. Haymes, Sr., Joe L. Hoyle, Dave Huss, Jay M. Ipson, Christopher E. Johnson, Henry L. Kelley, Tom Lintner, Nancy Miller, Cliff & Jody Nelson, Bud Oakey, William Osborne, Joseph M. Parker, Kenneth Rauch, Don Serio, Ron Smith, William Shelton, Tom Silhersiepe, Judith H. Sparks, J. Phillip Stubbs, Morton G. Thalhimer, Jr., Ray Tyson, Col. Frank Gannon Wickersham III, Thomas James Woodburn, Elizabeth Yenni, David L. Young, Patrick Weakland, Jim VanLuven, Charles Russell, Ann Criswell, Ron Gatewood

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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