Nancy Miller, VAHS Board Member and NN-MP VAHS Chapter Programs Coordinator
In this season of giving we’d like to share a few suggestions for gift ideas; and, we encourage you to remember that these sources can also be good for gifts anytime of the year! (Contact information provided here is from the various sources’ websites, current as of 11/28/2020.)
- Contact the VAHS office to arrange an Honorary Donation, or a Gift Membership with your credit card (and inquire about special pricing if the recipient may fall in the “Student” category!). VAHS Membership includes the quarterly VAHS Newsletter, and other benefits depending on the membership level selected. Call 540-376-3265 or go online: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The VAHS office may also be able to provide copies of its own publications such as “Virginia Airports, A Historical Survey of Airports and Aviation from the Earliest Days” or “Short Stories of Aviation (…True and Tall Aviation Tales as Told by the Men and Women Who Lived Them)”– use the VAHS contact information above to obtain pricing and availability.
- Contact our partner, Shannon Air Museum, to inquire about admission gift certificates or arrange a donation honoring your favorite aviation history enthusiast: (540) 642-4387 or www.SHANNONAIRMUSEUM.COM
An on-line search also revealed the following examples of truly unique gift opportunities for that very special someone on your list. A search in your region will likely give you other great ideas, too.
- Bay Aviation, based at Hummel Field in Topping, Virginia, has offered “Open Cockpit Airplane Rides” in a historic 1943 Fairchild PT-19, but please contact them directly to determine current availability and conditions; (804) 436-2977 or https://bayaviationonline.com
- At Altitude Gallery, Cape Charles, Virginia (23310) offers extraordinary aerial images of Coastal Virginia (and multiple other locations) by Gordon Campbell. Visit the website to see an extensive collection of his beautiful “low-and-slow” aerial photographs. Call (757) 394-9200, or go on-line: https://www.ataltitudegallery.com
Photo credit: Shannon Air Museum; Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman founded the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in January 1924 in Wichita, Kansas. Also known as the Wichita Fokker, The Travel Air 2000 has a passing resemblance to the famous World War 1 German Fokker D VII fighter. Many were used as Fokker D VIIs in movies about World War I