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EnshrinementWideshot Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony When it comes to appropriately and publicly saluting our nation’s aviation pioneers, there may be no other event as significant as the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement gala. Not surprisingly the spectacular formal dinner and ceremony has become known as America’s “Oscar Night of Aviation.” This historic event will again see a freshman crop of air and space legends inducted before an anticipated audience of 1,000 or more peers and admirers. This includes not only NAHF members and former enshrinees, but also hundreds of government, aerospace and defense industry leaders, media representatives and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Learn More…

Combs-Gates-Web_SM Annual Combs Gates Award The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is now accepting applications for this year’s Combs Gates Award, to be presented at the opening session of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention. When the late Harry B. Combs, a NAHF enshrinee, pledged $1.3 million to fund the Harry Combs Research Center and the Harry Combs Resource Lab at the NAHF, he also initiated the Combs Award, an annual, juried competition launched in 2003 to encourage the efforts of researchers and preservationists and reward a winning project with a $20,000 cash prize. In 2006, the Charles C. and June S. Gates Family Fund provided the NAHF a grant to continue the award through 2012. Combs, who died in 2003, and Gates, who died in 2005, were pioneers of the business aviation industry and former business partners. Thus, with the Gates Family Fund’s support, the award was renamed the Combs Gates Award. Learn More

Crossfield-X15-sm Annual Crossfield Teacher of the Year Award Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century through STEM and the Humanities. The National Aviation Hall of Fame in an effort to continue the dream of legendary A. Scott Crossfield to excite and inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers, pilots, and educators, an exciting aerospace education workshop for teachers.  Learn More…

Spirit-of-FlightSpirit of Flight Award The Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight is an award presented annually by the National Aviation Hall of Fame to a group or organization that has made a significant contribution to America’s aviation heritage. Learn More…


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