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National Aviation Hall of Fame, Dayton

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is a museum, annual awards ceremony and learning and research center that was founded in 1962 as an Ohio non-profit corporation in Dayton, Ohio, United States, known as the "Birthplace of Aviation" with its connection to the Wright brothers. In 2017 the annual induction was held in Fort Worth, Texas, as the organization began rotating the ceremony among various cities.
On July 14, 1964 the National Aviation Hall of Fame was chartered nationally by an act of the U.S. 88th Congress, public law 88-372 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The organization continues today as a public foundation reporting annually to Congress. The primary support for this foundation comes from private, tax-deductible membership dues and contributions from individuals and organizations.

Its mission is to "honor aerospace legends to inspire future leaders" by realizing the tenacity, vision, persistence, skill and courage of the men and women of the air & space industry.

Principal activities since 1962 are the annual gala induction ceremonies for people selected for enshrinement, typically four to five per year. The selection process for induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame involves a rigorous review and final selection process by a prestigious and knowledgeable group of aviation and space experts from around the country.

The enshrinement ceremony is often referred to as "The Oscar Night of Aviation". It is held in conjunction with the Wings of Women (WOW) mentoring program.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is located adjacent to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The museum covers many areas of flight including military, commercial, general and sport aviation, as well as space flight. It is open year-round with the exception of certain holidays.

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  • Best Air Plain Museum I have ever been to and it was my second time there. Just go you will no be disappointed and there is no charge, just a freewill donation.  more »
  • This museum was inside the USAF National Museum as we headed towards Building #2. Significant aviation achievements were highlighted throughout. The Hall of Fame Enshrinement wall was in the back....  more »
  • This is part of a much larger visit for most folks and were were no exception, the hall of fame is very nice and educational but the planes are the real attractions for me. A fantastic museum that simply amazes. Much marger than I anticipated. It's like a walk through time and loved being able to walk through several of the planes. Great for kids too! A very informative museum!
  • A fantastic museum. The history of air flight in the birthday place of air fight. Great exhibits.

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