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Captain Earle Worley Scholarship

I am pleased to announce the availability of the Captain Earle Worley Scholarship. The Captain Earle Worley Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 to honor the memory of Captain Worley, a career pilot with United Airlines for 35 years, retiring in 1988. His love for aviation started when he entered the Navy as a naval air cadet. He then became a flight instructor and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He founded the Eagles Chapter of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society in Williamsburg. The scholarship is intended to support post-secondary educational scholarships for qualifying graduates of public or private high schools in Virginia, attending an accredited two- or four-year community college, college or university, or vocational school in the United States who plan to study aeronautics, aerospace, aviation or related engineering.

Follow this link to access additional information about the scholarship as well as the online application:

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted online and are due to the Foundation on or before March 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions!

Elizabeth Winegardner
Scholarship Committee Chairman


Throttle Up!

A letter from your president
Winter 2019

This has been a busy and productive quarter at VAHS!

In September, in conjunction with the Shannon Air Museum, we hosted representatives of the Fredericksburg Regional Hospitality Council. These events help us share with community members, our work here at the VAHS and to encourage tourists to visit us at the Shannon Airport Campus. On September 27, the Warrenton Chapter invited me to present The History of Aviation session at their monthly meeting. Thank you, Dave Darrah, Chapter president! The month ended with an exciting visit to our campus from the Spirit of Freedom C-54 from the Berlin Airlift Foundation, which many of our members stopped by to tour.

The month of October brought several trips to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum with Fredericksburg Chapter sustaining members Butch Cover and Tom Doran. Our mission was to retrieve numerous donated display cases and rail mounts for the Shannon Air Museum. Special thanks go to Pete Stern and the Smithsonian crews for their assistance and generosity.

The Society’s Strategic Planning Committee met twice this quarter. Recommendations are expected to be delivered to the board early in 2020. The fifth annual Shannon Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Shannon Air Museum and Shannon Airport, was held on October 26th. . Both Fredericksburg and Warrenton Chapter members contributed to ground and air operations to help make the event a huge success. On November 20, I delivered an overview of the Shannon Air Museum collection to the Virginia Aerospace Business Association in Hampton. Also presenting at that meeting was Society board member Jerod Hoogland of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

Your president attended a workshop conducted by the Virginia Association of Museums entitled Serving the Differently-Abled: Neurodiversity in Museums held in Newport News. Also, in December, your VAHS office administrator, Sue Baker, celebrated her two-year anniversary with the Society. Thanks, Sue, for all you do!

Finally, the third meeting of the newly forming Richmond Chapter was held at Chesterfield Airport on December 17. Thanks go out to members Tim Donnellan and Van Crosby for helping to coordinate this meeting. The speaker was Bud Southall who discussed his role in developing and testing the lunar landing module for the Apollo 11 project.

It’s through the generous support of our members that our important projects are made possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society!

A Joyous Holiday Season to all and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Ray Gill
President, Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

Ways to Support Our Cause

Cash. We gladly accept checks mailed to us the old-fashioned way! Generally, under the “mailbox rule”, you are allowed to deduct your contribution in the year the check is mailed, even though we may not receive it until after year-end. We are also happy to assist you in setting up a regular monthly or quarterly ACH transfer directly from your bank account to ours. The discipline of regular monthly giving allows you to make a very meaningful contribution over the course of the entire year. For your convenience, you may donate by going to website (www.VirginiaAviation

IRA distributions. If you are at least 70 ½, you are permitted to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA of up to $100,000 per year. This distribution counts as part of your required minimum distribution for the year. The funds move directly from the IRA custodian to the VAHS and are excluded from your taxable income. This is a great way to give pre-tax dollars to charity, particularly for those who no longer itemize deductions due to the increased standard deduction.

Marketable securities. Giving stocks or bonds that you have held for at least one year can be very tax efficient. In such a transaction, you are allowed a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the security without paying tax on the underlying capital gain. We can help arrange for the securities to be transferred directly from your brokerage account to our brokerage account.

Closely- held securities or real estate. The tax benefits of giving non-marketable assets to a public charity can be the same as with gifts of marketable securities. You usually obtain a tax deduction for the fair market value of the asset without paying tax on the underlying gain. However, with most gits of non-marketable assets an appraisal is required. The VAHS is not set up to receive gifts of this nature directly. However, you can benefit the VAHS through your local community foundation or a donor advised fund that accepts these types of gifts.

IRA beneficiary designations. Tradition IRAs can be very tax inefficient assets to leave to your children. In addition to any estate or inherited tax you might pay at your death, your children must also pay income tax when the fund are withdrawn. Charities, such as the VAHS, are good candidates to name as beneficiaries for all or part of an IRA since the charity is tax exempt. Your custodian can provide you with a simple beneficiary change form to make this change.

Charitable trusts. Would you like to receive an income stream from assets to the remainder of your life, after which time the assets would pass to the VAHS? There are various trust alternatives that can accomplish these goals. Due to the administrative costs of establishing and maintaining a trust, this should only be considered for more meaningful legacy gifts. We are happy to discuss in further detail.

Testamentary giving. We invite you to consider remembering the Society in your Will. You can leave the VAHS a percentage of your estate or fixed dollar amount, and the bequest can be changed or revoked as often as you update your estate planning documents. We can provide you with sample language to discuss with your estate planning attorney.

New Warrenton- Fauquier (KHWY) Terminal Almost Complete

New Warrenton- Fauquier (KHWY) Terminal Almost CompleteWe are on the “Final Countdown” to the finishing touches to complete our new Terminal. Most of our furniture has arrived and in place. The skilled labor needed to complete items for inspection are scheduled in the proper sequence to meet our timelines and the commercial cleaning crew is scheduled to come in to clean the new girl from stem to stern on Monday the 30th of December. We still must move our IT network in, move the avionics equipment over and have our robust Data Stream Broadband installed before we can actually function in the building. We are looking to be operating there by mid-January. The public space furniture was funded through a grant with DOAV. Gratefully, the private space furniture, TV’s, and appliances have all been purchased through generous donations by our patrons and several benefactors. No public moneys were used. Thanks to all who helped us out in this respect. The Grand Opening will be in the early spring so standby for further updates as we get the dates all set. We do plan to hold a soft opening, aka an Open House, soon after moving in. The attached photo shows the building wet and wild at night. When she is completely finished, I’ll update you with a full, day photo!

Dave Darrah,
VAHS Vice President
Warrenton Chapter President


New Year’s Day

**Time to Renew*
Your Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Membership!

New Year’s greetings from your friends at the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. With the membership year starting on January 1st, 2020, we wanted to tell you about some of the initiatives your VAHS is undertaking to make your membership experience better for you, and better for your VAHS. All memberships will be based on the calendar year, January 1st – December 31st.

You may get a renewal notice in January, when you already have a 2020 expiration date. You may pro-rate your renewal or you may give your balance to VAHS as a donation and pay the annual fee for 2020 to end on December 31, 2020. Please call the office, if you have any questions and we will be glad to help you. 540-376-3265.

We have simplified the number of membership categories to the following annual memberships (existing Lifetime memberships will be honored, but no longer available):

Basic membership: $39/year (a $1 reduction)
Student/Active Military membership (new): $29/year
Basic membership plus spouse: $69/year
Sustaining membership (includes spouse): $149/year

What does it mean to step up and be a Sustaining Member of the VAHS? It means that you identify with the VAHS mission of honoring and publicizing the people and the events of Virginia’s rich aviation history. It means you want to foster the development of Virginia-based civilian, military and general aviation activities and facilities, and the businesses and personnel who support them. It means you want to expose our young people to the abundant and exciting career opportunities in every facet of aviation, here in Virginia and worldwide.

And, for your VAHS, it means you’re willing to provide extra financial support so that we can expand our outreach in all these areas. It means that you understand that an expanded vision of the past and the future of aviation requires an expanded base of financial support from its supporters.

The Sustaining membership also provides recognition for your commitment. Sustaining Members and their business affiliation will be listed in every issue of the VAHS newsletter Website and will appear in the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony program materials. Sustaining Members will have special identification on VAHS-supplied nametags at special events. The commitment of you and your company will be an encouragement to everyone involved in the mission of VAHS year-round, and a fine reflection on you besides.

We hope you’ll give serious consideration to becoming one of our first Sustaining Members. The support you’ll provide to VAHS will be very significant to our continued progress in this new and exciting phase of our mission. And, with basic memberships and student/active military memberships now available at reduced cost, there’s no reason everyone with a heart towards aviation can’t be a VAHS member.

Now, your VAHS has another special request and opportunity for your consideration when you renew: auto-renewal by credit card. Auto-renewal enables VAHS to set up an annual charge to your credit card at the membership category you select. You will be notified in advance of the charge every year so that you may change your membership category or cancel auto-renew and revert to manual renewals.

This simple step by members has proven vital to other fine member-driven organizations and enables your VAHS to devote less time to administration and more time to the programs, publications and initiatives that matter to you, our VAHS member. The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the VAHS ask and strongly recommend that you that this step. It will be very helpful to you VAHS and it will save you time and effort in the renewing every year.

Your VAHS is moving from an unexpected and challenging time of transition and relocation over the last several years into a period in which we can see our exciting new future taking shape on the EZF aviation campus. Growing our membership in all categories and freeing up officers and staff from annual, intensive periods of renewal-chasing will maximize our resources for the good of all of us.

And here’s a thought: give a gift of membership to a friend or colleague! Let them experience what you already know and love about this unique and historic organization: the bond of the love and enjoyment of Virginia aviation history in all its diverse forms.

Your VAHS needs you, and thanks you for your membership!

Come visit us at: The Pilot House, 3381 Shannon Airport Circle, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Mailing address: VAHS, Shannon Airport KEZF Campus, PO Box 7795, Fredericksburg, VA 22404-7795
Phone number: 540-376-3265 / Email: