VIRGINIA AERONAUTICAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY (VAHS)

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

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SHANNON AIR MUSEUM

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

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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.

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COME SEE THE ONLY VULTEE V-1A IN THE WORLD!

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.

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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.

To all current members of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

Board Member Elections

We need your votes for 2021 VAHS Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year terms and we stagger re-election of approximate 50% of the directors each year. There are nine Board members whose terms are expiring in 2021.

Please return your ballot by June 21, 2021. You may send via email, U S Mail or in person, but we must receive by the above date. New and renewing Board members will be introduced at the annual meeting to be held on July 13, 2021 in the Shannon Air Museum on the Shannon Airport Campus in Fredericksburg, VA. All members are invited to attend.

Check your emails for ballot information, or click here.

Aviation News

IAC Aerobatic Day

June 26

Join us at the FBO at KHWY to celebrate National Aerobatics Day! We will have BBQ and soft drinks available. Fly in or just stop by the airport. All are welcome. We would love to talk aerobatics with you. If you are interested in learning more about aerobatics this would be a great chance to get some information. Or just come and hang out! Click for website

Capital Wing CAF Warbird Showcase

July 3-4

The Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will hold a Warbird Showcase at Culpeper Regional Airport on July 3-4, 2021. Participating aircraft include a PT-17 Stearman, TBM Avenger, B-25, and Stinson L-5.  For more information visit the capitalwingwarbirdrides.org website

Flying Circus Air Show

July 4

Flying Circus Air Show: Biplane Rides, Barnstorming Airshow, Family Fun and Freedom’ … Celebrate Independence Day with an old fashioned, fun filled Barnstorming Airshow! Skydivers, Biplanes, Wingwalking, Aerobatics, Comedy, Biplane Rides – Family friendly entertainment! Click for Website

  • THE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM IS OPEN, VA Beach, VA

    THE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM IS OPEN 9AM – 5PM DAILY Capacity and Social Distancing Restrictions have been lifted at the Museum in accordance with state guidance. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face mask while visiting*. The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War

  • To all current members of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

    May 29, 2021 To all current members of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society: The following is your ballot for 2021 VAHS Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year terms and we stagger re-election of approximate 50% of the directors each year. There are nine Board members whose terms are expiring in 2021. Please print this

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.

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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

FEATURED VIDEO:

Chuck Tippett Wing Walking at The Flying Circus Airshow Bealeton, Va. 10/6/19. Credit and thanks to horsemoney

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.

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SUPPORT THE SOCIETY

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 vahsonline@gmail.com.

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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