Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

The Flying Circus Mother’s Day Airshow - May 9th

Flower drop for all the moms!

Aviation News


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  • The History of Cinco de Mayo

    Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is

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


CAF Warbird Tube – The Legendary B-17 Texas Raiders (Encore)
There are just five B-17s still actively flying in the world. B-17G Texas Raiders (TR) is one of the most recognized and famous of the Flying Fortresses currently on the airshow circuit. We are welcoming back Kevin “K5” Michels to dive deep into the history of this storied aircraft. Learn more at​. (Copyright/courtesy of CAF Media)

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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