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General Chapter & Society Notes

In the true spirit of the VAHS mission, the regional Chapters endeavor to secure and present interesting and important aviation history programs throughout the year. All of the VAHS Chapters’ contact information is listed in this newsletter; we encourage you to use it to secure details on upcoming programs and make plans to attend. Please join us at the next Chapter meeting near you and bring a friend!

And a reminder about a few easy ways YOU can help promote the VAHS:

1. Suggest to your local newspaper that the VAHS can be profiled in a short article, including information on how to join the Society. All the VAHS office contact information is located inside the front cover of this newsletter; all you have to do is pass that information along!

2. If you have a special aviation event coming up—let us know. The VAHS has attractive new materials and light-weight display banners that are easy-to-transport and set up, along with our free Hall of Fame DVD’s that are more popular than candy! Simply contact the VAHS Office Manager, Sue Baker, to give the date of your event and check on availability of the VAHS materials and display, (540) 376-3265 or

3. Gift Memberships–The VAHS is eager to reach new members to enhance and sustain our aviation history audience—our lifeblood. Give a friend or student a gift membership today!

Nancy Miller, NNMP Chapter



On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, I would like to thank you for your continuous support and commitment to our organization.

As we launch our 2019 Fundraiser, we would like to ask you again to help us. Our financial goal this year is $50,000.00.

We are working to create the VAHS Headquarters’ library and archives on the Shannon Airport Campus in Fredericksburg, home of the historic Shannon Air Museum and the home of our Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. We are also continuing our efforts to build our scholarship program, which is currently over $228,000, benefiting two deserving Virginia students annually, who wish to pursue an education and career in aviation.

It is only through generous donations such as yours that the VAHS can continue its Mission of preserving aviation history and educating the general public of the many contributions Virginia has made and is making to the development of aviation and aerospace.

Thank you again for your support, it is important and appreciated. Please mail, e-mail, call the office or go to our website, to pay online. If you have comments or questions concerning the Society, its mission and programs, please contact me through the Society’s office.

David L. Young, Chairman

 Letter from our President

I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as the President for our Society. It is an amazing organization and I will always do my very best to represent it well.

Our outgoing president, Hunter Old, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us for guiding the organization and keeping us engaged with the aviation community during his tenure. It has truly been a pleasure working with Hunter to move the Society forward. With support of the Board, Committee Chairs and all our members, we all will strive in our unique way to continue to accomplish the goals and objectives of VAHS while pursuing opportunities that serve our membership and sustain our future.

I have given thought to what I want to accomplish in the coming year, in addition to continuing and improving our existing programs:

  • If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Our organization is great, and a lot of people have worked hard over the years to make it that way. There will be a focus on improvement of those things that are not working as they should, but we will do that through careful analysis of issues and targeted responses that get results.
  • Grow membership. In order for our Society to remain vibrant & active we need to focus on not only attracting new members but retaining and engaging the members we already have. Membership alone, however, will not sustain our endeavors in the long-term.
  • Address inevitable change. Change is one of the few constants in our lives. Our Society does not live in the same world we did a few years ago. We must strategically seek out organizational and corporate partners with an interest in successfully promoting the history of aviation in Virginia.
  • New chapters. We have many at-large members who could benefit from affiliation with other members in their region. Among my goals in the coming year is to visit every airport in Virginia, attend at least one meeting of every existing chapter, and actively seek opportunities to create new chapters where interest and opportunity exist. The Fredericksburg Chapter is growing and an initial meeting was held at the DOAV hangar to measure interest in a Richmond Chapter.
  • Revitalize committees. A number of committees exist to assist with strategic issues. We will reinvigorate those groups and use them to address and overcome barriers to our future growth. Please volunteer for these important assignments!

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas. While I will always accept complaints and criticism, I strongly favor solutions and open discussion. If you bring me a problem, I ask that you bring at least one potential solution.

Ray Gill
President, Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society

VAHS Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame Inductees. Please mark your calendars and join us for their Induction ceremony on October 19th. Tickets go on sale September 1st.

Col. Floyd Callihan (CAP) – With over 65 years in aviation, Floyd was one of the foundational leaders of the Virginia Civil Air Patrol, personally leading the planning, construction and full-time operation of the Virginia Wing Headquarters building and hangar complex at KFCI. He has contributed many artifacts to VAHS and VAM (now Shannon Air Museum). Floyd now lives in Goochland.

John Corradi – In 1975, John moved his family to Rixeyville when United Airlines moved his base to Dulles. 2 years later, he began the operation of Pleasantdale Field in the back field of his farm. He welcomed many local aviators, including ultralight pilots. In 1999, he began participating at The Flying Circus, where he still volunteers and sits on their Board of Directors. He is well- known for his generosity for giving rides to just about anyone who shows an interest in aviation. He was instrumental in organizing and planning the first Culpeper Air Fest airshow. He was a docent at Udvar-Hazy and published numerous articles about vintage aircraft.

Steve Hoffmann – Steve has a storied career in Virginia aviation circles beginning with designing the décor of the Holiday Inn Aerodrome Restaurant at RIC to his participation in The Flying Circus in Bealeton to founding, owning and operating Barnstormers Airshows that attracted world class talent and performed nightly at Kings Dominion, bringing in thousands of aviation enthusiasts to this one of a kind attraction in Virginia, to Eagle Balloons, which manufactured Type Certificated hot air balloons at KOFP. Steve has retired, if you can call it that, to Lake Worth, Florida.

2019 Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees & Banquet

Here is the news we have all been waiting to hear!!!

The Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend a reception and banquet marking the Induction of Colonel Floyd Callihan, Goochland, VA, Captain John Corradi, Rixeyville, VA and Steve Hoffmann, Lake Worth, FL into The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Location: Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Time: Reception: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Reservations: Required by Mail.
Tickets: Members $75 Non-members $85 Sponsor Tables $800. Tickets go on sale September 1. R.S.V.P. by September 30

Look for your invitation in the mail!!

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: