Our Mission and Values
Mission Statement: The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is dedicated to honoring America’s aviation pioneers, those individuals who have made significant contributions to America’s rich legacy of air and space accomplishments through individual acts of great vision, technical innovation, skill and courage.
Purpose: To honor our enshrinees by creating a distinctive national aviation education resource that preserves and memorializes the outstanding accomplishments of enshrinees while educating and inspiring others to appreciate and honor this nation’s extraordinary aviation legacy and the men and women who created it.
The NAHF Education Center is dedicated to informing the public of American aviation heroes, their accomplishments, and their impact on developments in aviation.
Education Program: The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) was established in 1962. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an act of Congress that gave the NAHF a National charter. The NAHF will inspire the public 1) to appreciate the nation’s extraordinary aviation legacy by honoring the exceptional individuals who led the way; 2) to understand the practical wonders of flight; and 3) to encourage others to participate in the incredible future achievements that will spotlight America’s remaining air and space frontiers.
The Learning Center is dedicated to informing the public of the great accomplishments of the enshrinees and aviation history. The Center has seven major sections. They are the:
- Enshrinee Lab
- Early Flight
- World War I
- Golden Age of Flight
- World War II Sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro
- Jet Age
- Into Space
In each section, hands-on interactives are provided. These experiences build upon each other using text and graphics. The information presented creates a clear, articulated vision of aviation heroes, their spirit of adventure, and inventions that are the legacy of American aviation.
- To introduce to the visitor visual/computer presentations of the NAHF Enshrinees, the biographies and accomplishments of each in a Learning Center environment.
- To inform the visitor of American aviation history, from its beginnings to the present, in tandem with the social history that was occurring at the same time.
- To motivate the visitor to explore and reflect on the ideas and content presented in each of the seven sections.
- To encourage the visitor to experience the diversity of the aviation hands-on interactives.