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

Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Nominees

Congratulations to Van Crosby, Dave Darrah, Bob Hepp and Gladys West

Induction ceremonies will take place in Fredericksburg, VA on November 12, 2022.
Tickets will be available later this summer.

Click here for 2023 Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Nominations submission form.

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

Welcome Ron Lawson, North, VA (NNMP Chapter), Gerry Headley, Lottsburg, VA (NNMP Chapter), and Clarke Peele, Deltaville, VA (NNMP Chapter)

Our Mission:

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.

Aviation News

  • Capital Wing Bikes, Wings & Wheels Show

    Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 9am – 4pm Culpeper Regional Airport, Brandy Station, VA Free to the public! Do you feel the need…the need for speed? Look no further than the Capital Wing’s 3rd Annual “Bikes, Wings & Wheels” Show on August 13, 2022! From introducing the “Doris Mae IPA” beer in collaboration with Flying Ace

  • 2022 VIRGINIA AVIATION AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

    The Virginia Aviation Ambassadors program has been in existence since July 2005 and has been highly successful in encouraging pilots and aviation enthusiasts to visit all 65 of Virginia’s public use airports as well as aviation museums. To date, 596 individuals have completed the program and many are well on their way to earning the

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:

Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Member
Lin Bottoms 
Inducted: 2007
Glen Allen, 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.

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SUPPORT THE SOCIETY

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 $100 in 2022: Don Serio, Chris Johnson, Mark Sternheimer, Dean Gould, Harold Case, Joe Hoyle, Willard Bischoff, Earl Andrews, Morton Thalhimer, Norman Crabill, Dutch Rauch, Gary and Marie Allen, Judge William Shelton, Robert and Page Dillon, Luke and Kim Curtas

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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