Have you ever wondered where the legends of the skies are celebrated and immortalized? Just as Hollywood has its Walk of Fame for movie stars, the aviation world has the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) to honor its luminaries.
Founded in 1962, the NAHF was established with a vision to preserve aviation's rich heritage and promote its future growth. Over the years, it has become a repository of the stories, achievements, and legacies of individuals who have significantly impacted the field of aviation and aerospace. These pioneers, from early aviators to modern-day astronauts, have advanced the science of flight and inspired generations to dream big and reach for the skies.
The NAHF is a testament to the indomitable spirit of innovation and exploration. By recognizing these individuals, the Hall of Fame ensures that their contributions are remembered and celebrated, fostering a culture of excellence and ambition in the world of aviation. The annual enshrinement ceremony is more than just an event; it's a tradition that underscores the importance of acknowledging the past to pave the way for future innovations.
Each year, a dedicated board of over 130 aviation professionals selects individuals for induction. These selections are not just based on achievements but also on the lasting impact these individuals have had on the field of aviation and aerospace. This year, the NAHF will induct 6 new members: Kathryn Sullivan, Angela Gittens, Fred Haise, Velta Benn, Ed Stimpson & Cornelius Coffey.
Kathryn Sullivan: The first American woman to walk in space, a veteran of three shuttle missions, and the first woman to venture to the deepest spot in the Oceans, the Challenger Deep
Angela Gittens: A leader who shaped airport security and policy across multiple major airports.
Fred Haise: An Apollo astronaut with a rich history in U.S. aerospace.
Velta Benn: An aviation pioneer and WASP member with an impressive 55,000 flying hours.
Ed Stimpson: A key figure in business aviation policy over four decades.
Cornelius Coffey: Aviation pioneer and founder of a flight school that trained over 1,500 students, including many Tuskegee Airmen.
The induction ceremony is set for September 22, 2023, in Washington, D.C., marking another chapter in the storied history of the NAHF. Learn more about this year’s inductees here.