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.

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  • Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Spotlight: Floyd G. Clark

    Floyd G. Clark • Richmond, Virginia • Inducted in 1979 Inducted in 1979, Floyd G. Clark learned to fly in the 1920s and flew with Roscoe Turner at Richmond Air Junction. From 1938 to 1960 he operated Central Airport, which provided aviation services for Richmond, Va. During that time he was sworn in as one

  • SHANNON HARVEST FESTIVAL GIVES CROWDS A TASTE OF AVIATION

    The 7th annual Shannon Airport Harvest Festival attracted large crowds for a unique Trick or Treat experience Saturday, October 30. The event brought in families with kids of all ages dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes to explore aviation themed vendors and the Shannon Air Museum. The big draw for many was the annual Candy

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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

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Leonard L. Bottoms, Jr.
Hall of Fame Inductee 2007

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.

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, Andy Ozols, Tom Silbersiepe, 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, Bud Oakey, Nancy Miller

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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