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Construction of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Building, Dayton, Ohio 1998
Construction of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Building, Dayton, Ohio, 1998 Photo: Ron Kaplan

National Aviation Hall of Fame

Established in 1963, the National Aviation Hall of Fame was incorporated in 1964 as a national entity by an act of Congress. Since that time, NAHF has honored 170 aviation and space leaders spanning an entire century of achievement in aeronautics -- pilots, teachers, scientists, engineers, inventors and others -- by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Inductees include Orville and Wilbur Wright, William Boeing, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, James Doolittle, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Chuck Yeager, Neil Armstrong, and Frank Borman.

The principal mission of the NAHF is:

to honor and perpetuate the memory of individuals and organizations that contributed to the establishment, development, and advancement of aerospace in the United States

to foster, promote, and encourage a better sense of appreciation of the origins and growth of aviation, especially in the United States, and the part aviation played in changing the economic, social, and scientific aspects of our nation

to establish and maintain a library and museum for collecting and preserving for posterity the history of those honored by the organization, together with documentation of their accomplishments and contributions to aviation

Originally submitted by: George V. Voinovich, Senator.

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