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

Our mission is to inspire and capture the imagination by connecting people with the story of air and space in Virginia. The Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society is a non-profit 501 [c] [3] corporation governed by a Board of Directors, and is permanently headquartered in the Virginia Aviation Museum at the Shannon Airport, 3380 Shannon Airport Circle, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Aviation News

Dinwiddie Wings and Wheels

August 14

Wings & Wheels is a single-day event that will bring together the love of classic automobiles, music, food and aviation. The event is family friendly community event that invites residents and visitors to enjoy a fun day at the Dinwiddie Airport. This is a non-alcoholic beverage event, but food and drink is available from our local vendors.

For more information contact Heather McCormack at
For tickets:

  • FAA 2021 Summer Aviation Safety Series

    Safety is a top priority for pilots, passengers, and industry stakeholders. But how does FAA work to make aviation safer? Join us for a series of virtual safety forums led by FAA experts to learn about critical safety issues in the nation’s airspace. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions.

  • Hidden Figures and Human Computers

    Hidden Figures and Human Computers Posted on Jan 26, 2017 Smithsonian Air & Space Museum The breakout movie Hidden Figures tells the story of three African American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA. The story sheds light on the significant contributions of the three women—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson—but also the broader

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


SR-71 Cockpit Checkout
Richard Graham was nice enough to give us a cockpit checkout in both the pilot and RSO stations. We shot this on location at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field Dallas Texas. This simulator was used to train every operational SR pilot before they ever set foot in the actual plane. (A correction in the video, Rich said the navigation map was from a 16mm film, he meant 35mm.) Video credit: Erik Johnston

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 2021 is $35,000

The 2021 Annual Fund Campaign is under way and we want to give special recognition to those who have already started to help us reach this year’s goal of $35,000. 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.

Special thanks to these folks who donated over $100: William Jones, Gene Mapes. Phillip Stubbs, Evelyn Marshall, Morgan Massey, Charles Duckworth, Gen Jack Dailey, Troy Arnold, Jay Ipson, Troy Marshall, Norman Crabill, Ira Grinnan, Col Paul Lilly, Scott Kennethy, Ray Tyson, Tom Woodburn, Jamie Barnhardt, Joseph Parker, John Ficklen, Cary Broadway, Ron Gatewood, Bill Williams, Patricia Holt, M.C. Mumma, Joanna Reynolds, Chuck & Vicki Tippett, Dick Genaille, Ozols Ozols, Tom Silbersiepe, Cary Broadway, Van Crosby, Mike Kenna, Willard Bishcoff, Frank & Alice Lennon, Ray Meade, Terry Riley, Capt. Charles Smith, Jr, Ron Smith, Charles Williams Jr, John Corradi, Joanna Reynolds, Don Serio

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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