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VAHS members took a tour of The Wright Experience

Some VAHS members took a tour of The Wright Experience located near Warrenton, Virginia. Monday, February 25, 2019

From attendees of The Wright Experience tour:

“I’d vote this an experience not to be missed. We learned anyone with  a feel for airplanes, history and the art of meticulous reconstruction
will be delighted here.”

“The group of us today were hosted by founder – and builder of the 1903 replica which was used to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Brothers’ first Kitty Hawk flight – Ken Hyde. Ken and his team near Warrenton have made a world-recognized specialty out of reconstructing Wright gliders, Wright flyers and engines used in the original designs.”

“The Wright Experience ( tour also touches on the many hundreds of man hours of detective work needed to track down and complete these faithful reconstructions. It’s not easy because – fascinatingly – the secretive Wrights published very little data on
what they were up to.”

“Sometimes it’s easy to forget our aeronautical past. But this trip will put anyone back in touch with it – while being filled with admiration for the sheer craftsmanship on display in the workshops.”

Mr. Norman Crabill Visits Hall of Fame

On February 17, Ray Gill, VAHS Vice President, met with Mr. Norman Crabill at Shannon Airport. Mr. Crabill was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 and was largely responsible for the display of the 1946 Ercoupe now housed at the Shannon Air Museum. That Ercoupe belonged to Charlie Drummond was the last model flown by its inventor, Fred Weick. Mr. Crabill very generously donated to the VAHS a copy of Mr. Weick’s autobiography “From the Ground Up”.

HOF Member Ray Tyson (1998) poses with Norm Crabill (2008)
Hall of Fame Member Norm Crabill visits Shannon Air Museum
VP of VAHS Ray Gill & Norm Crabill share memories of a bygone era.

Virginia Aviation Business Association’s Legislative Reception

The VAHS attended the annual Virginia Aviation Business Association’s legislative reception held in Richmond’s Main Street Station on February 6. Board members David Young, Hunter Old, Tim McSwain, and  Ray Gill represented the VAHS with a table of handouts and historical aviation books.

VAHS Table at VABA
VAHS President Hunter Old

Jack Pettigrew Fly-Luncheon

Very active group of pilots, primarily out of Tappahannock-Exxex, visited Shannon Air Museum on February 2. The trip was coordinated by VAHS member Jack Pettigrew. After lunch in the Robin’s Nest Cafe, they enjoyed a tour of the museum before heading back to their respective fields.

Jack Pettigrew and Friends Fly Luncheon
Lunch in the Robin’s Nest Cafe

Fredericksburg Chapter of the VAHS Meeting

On February 2, the Fredericksburg Chapter of the VAHS was treated to an update on aviation projects in Virginia. The guest speaker was Mark Flynn, Director of the Department of Aviation in Virginia.


Guest Speaker, Mark Flynn of DOAV
Mark Flynn Speaking at the Chapter Meeting
Fredericksburg Chapter of the VAHS
Learning about aviation projects in VA
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
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