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.

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VAHS NNMP Members Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, September 16th

Join us to see and hear the video story of Eastern Shore resident, pilot and artist/photographer Gordon Campbell. Gordon’s story includes the history of Campbell Field, his Dragonfly Ultralight aircraft, and the evolution of his unique aerial images. In this presentation we will also visit his on-line gallery website, to view a sample of his dramatic aerial shots of the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, Northern Neck and York River shorelines, watermen, marshes and wetlands.

Special Thanks

SPECIAL THANKS to NNMP’s Nancy Miller for leading the group by generously giving her $1,000.00, with Don Serio and Dutch Rauch, following behind her, each giving $1,000.00. Board member Gary Allen called in his donation before the end of the day. Hall of Fame members John Corradi and Col. Floyd Callihan sent their donations in the next week and we received another generous $2,000.00 donation from Lynchburg Regional Air Shows. Dave Darrah reached out to Delta Airport Consultants’ Courtney Beamon and three days later, we received a $2,500.00 sponsorship check for the Hall of Fame Reception. We could not do it without you! Thank you!!

Hall of Fame Donations are welcome. Pay online, by phone or mail. Table sponsors $600.00 each. Tickets go on sale October 1, 2021 $65.00 per member, $75.00 per non-member.


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Congratulations to our 2021 Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees, Randy Burdette, former Executive Director of the Virginia Dept. of Aviation; Leland Melvin, engineer, and retired NASA astronaut; and U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers. The 2021 Induction ceremony, reception, and dinner are planned for November 13, 2021, on the Shannon Airport Campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia, home of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. Invitations will be mailed in the near future. For more information, e-mail ... See MoreSee Less

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


B-25 Mitchell Bomber Formation Flight at Thunder Over Michigan in 2021
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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.

Thank you 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

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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