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

Gone West

2008 VAHS Hall of Famer Norman Crabhill

On May 14, 2024, Norman Crabill completed his mission here on this planet. From initial entry into earth’s atmosphere in 1926, in a row house in DC, he soared: from designing model airplanes, on wings of song in Jr High Choral events, to lifelong friendships sailing the Potomac, to first flights in small aircraft, to love leading to marriage, to work at NACA/NASA which had him designing rockets and planning missions to the moon with Lunar Orbiter and to Mars with Viking, to getting his pilot’s license, to learning to play and improvise on the piano, to lightning research that influenced the design of modern-day aircraft, to interacting with adopted god-children – music and swimming lessons, museum visits – to his own inventions to improve a private pilots experience while in the air, and to mentoring young people and inspiring those with whom he spent time.

There will be a Celebration of Life locally on July 20, 2024—a day that commemorates when Viking 1 first landed on Mars, and as National Moon Day, also celebrates Lunar Orbiter, which mapped the moon and landing sites for Apollo.

Thank you to The Daily Press and VAHS member, Nancy Miller.

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.


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.


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.



Welcome New VAHS Members

  • John Williams, Warrenton
  • Larry Outlaw, Warrenton
  • Kent Ewing, Warrenton

This Month’s Donors

  • Robert Bowen
  • Dick & Judy Genaille
  • Ira Grinnan
  • Morton Thalhimer
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The Fredericksburg Chapter of the Virginia Historical Societycordially invites you to attendSaturday, June 1, 202410:00 a.m. – noonSTAFFORD REGIONAL AIRPORT (KRMN)95 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406Chapter leader and Past Shannon Air Museum Curator, Don Serio will speak briefly about VAHS Board nominations and hand out ballots.Guest speaker – Lt. Col. Richard (Dick) Genaille, (USAF Ret’d). Past docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Dulles Annex for three years and the Shannon Air Museum in Fredericksburg, VA for two years. Dick will give an introduction and overview of his popular series “Firsts in Flight Along the Potomac” and follow with a presentation on Samuel Langley and his Aerodrome, adding important context to our last meeting's preview demonstration and exhibition by the Langley Flight Foundation of the replica of the Langley Aerodrome No. 5.Bring a guest. sign up a new member or renew your dues and claim a Prize White hat!Casual attire Coffee and treats providedQuestions? vahsonline@gmail.comOr call Sue Baker 540-376-3265 ... See MoreSee Less
If you haven't had a chance to read the VAHS Eagle newsletter Spring, 2024, stop and do so. It is a super edition.Members received in their e-mail on Thursday. You can also read it on our website: virginiaaviationhistory.comHard copies $5.00.MYSTERY PLANE SOLVED! Congratulations to Tom Woodburn (Glen Allen) past Chairman of the Board. His guess was: "Aeronca 7FC "Tri-Traveller", the nose wheel equipped version of the 90 HP Aeronca EC "Traveller"."He also noticed the photo image was reversed. The handsome young student in the picture is VAHS Board Secretary and Sustaining member, Gary Allen.Want to be the first to get the quarterly newsletter? Join the VAHS.Call our office and join up! 540-376-3265, ... See MoreSee Less

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


Support the VAHS with a donation, membership or volunteering.

Donate Now: Our Fundraising Goal for 2024 is $40,000

The 2024 Annual Fund Campaign is under way!

The 2024 Annual Fund Campaign is under way! 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 our 2024 donors: Gary Allen, Rich Anderson, Anonymous, Willard Bischoff, Robert Bowen, Buz Carpenter, Van Crosby, Carl Fisher, Ron Gatewood, Dick & Judy Genaille, Ira Grinnan, Christopher Johnson, Michael Kenna, Tim McSwain, Bud Oakey, W. Hunter Old, Larry Outlaw, Dutch Rauch, Don Serio, David Sproul, Morton Thalhimer, John Williams, David Young

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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