The National Aviation Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization that seeks to honor aviation pioneers, generate interest in aviation, and educate the public about aviation history. The National Aviation Hall of Fame museum and research center are located in Dayton, Ohio at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near the National Museum of the US Air Force.
“The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is dedicated to honoring America’s aviation pioneers, those individuals who have made significant contributions to America’s rich legacy of air and space accomplishments through individual acts of great vision, technical innovation, skill and courage.” – National Aviation Hall of Fame Mission Statement
In 1962, the National Aviation Hall of Fame was founded in Dayton, Ohio. The nonprofit was created by five men that had a passion for aviation. Cofounder James W. Jacobs was a mechanical engineer by trade and served in the US Navy during WWII. Jacobs knew Orville Wright through family connections and was acquainted with Neil Armstrong. Cofounder Gerald E. Weller had an enduring career in aviation, he was an aeronautical engineer, pilot, and flight instructor. Weller served in the Air Force during WWII, during this time he helped design the Bell P-59 jet aircraft. In his later years, Weller owned and operated Paradise Air Tours in Honolulu, Hawaii. Other founders include Gregory C. Karas, John A. Lombard, and Larry E. O’Neil.
The organization began hosting an annual event in which aviation pioneers are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected by aviation experts and go through a rigorous review. The National Aviation Hall of Fame was chartered nationally in July of 1964. The museum and learning center were constructed in 1996, the location includes interactive displays for military, commercial, sport, and general aviation.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame daily hours are 9am – 5pm. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter. The museum includes biographies on industry greats Boeing, Earhart, Fokker, and many more. Storyboards outline the careers of each inductee.
For more information about the National Aviation Hall of Fame, visit: http://www.nationalaviation.org/