Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NVAHOF 2011 Hall of Fame Selections


Ivy Crockett McCannon Murphy Winter Stead Miller Varney
*William A. Ivy George E. Crockett Patrick A. McCannon Florence J. Murphy Charles P. Winters Willam M. Stead Jane A. Miller **Walter T. Varney
HENDERSON, Nevada - On Friday, October 14, 2011, at 7pm, the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) will hold its 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony. Much like last year's induction ceremony, this event will mark the official NVAHOF recognition of a select group of aviators, all with a special relationship to the state of Nevada.¬ The 2011 NVAHOF inductees are: William A. Ivy, first in flight over the state of Nevada (1910), Senator Patrick A.McCarran (submitted first bill for separate Air Force and multiple bills forming regulatory structure of aviation industry), Walter T. Varney (First Commercial Airmail Route), Florence J. Murphy (Commercial pilot and Bonanza Airlines executive), George E. Crockett (Founder of Alamo Air Field and Alamo Airways), William M. Stead (Founder of the Reno Air Races), Brigadier General Charles P. Winters (Test pilot and commander over multiple formerly classified programs), and Jane Miller (Flight Nursing Pioneer).

The past year has been an exciting and productive one for NVAHOF. While we have not yet settled on a permanent physical home for the NVAHOF, we continue our mission of increasing awareness of Nevada's unique aerospace history through public outreach and the on going development of our website. Originally organized as a student project of the Las Vegas Art Institute, the development of the site in 2011 included the launch of the "virtual museum" portion of the site. We invite the public to view the site at: .

Information on last year's inductees can be viewed at:

NVAHOF public outreach and educational activities for the past year included: promotional presence at the Reno Air Races and the Nellis Air ForceBase Open House, and Naval Air Station, Fallon. NVAHOF also participated in the reunion of the Atomic Curtiss Marines and meetings of the Daedalians Fighter Flight #62 at Nellis AFB. Last September, NVAHOF organized and participated in a 10-day, Oxcart Legacy Tour in Washington, D.C. Former workers of Nevada's Groom Lake facility gave presentations at the Defense Intelligence Agency(DIA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum, the Capitol Hill Club, and the International Spy Museum. Follow NVAHOF activities starting on our website at:,, 

On September 23rd, NVAHOF will participate in an educational tour of Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas. On October 4th, The NVAHOF has collaborated with the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and UNLV Department of History to present a special edition of the College of Engineering's Dean's Conversation Series. Dr. David Robarge, Chief Historian at the CIA, NVAHOF Director T.D. Barnes, and former CIA A-12 Blackbird pilot, Frank Murray will lead a candid and informative discussion on the CIA's A-12 program. Panelists will field audience questions related to declassified activities during the CIA's Project OXCART. Later that month, NVAHOF members will tour the Predator and Reaper programs at Creech AFB. This is a special tour arranged for officials from the Central Intelligence Agency at Langley VA, and local representatives from UNLV's College of Engineering and the Atomic Testing Museum.

About the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame

The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame is a non-profit, educational foundation dedicated to preserving the legacy of the men and women who pioneered aerospace within the State of Nevada. The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame established and maintains an ongoing means of honoring individuals who have contributed in asignificant manner, to the development, advancement, and promotion of aerospace in the Battle Born State of Nevada, or elsewhere. NVAHOF also honors individuals who were not native to Nevada, but whose careers enhanced the aerospace climate world wide as well as in space. The mission of NVAHOF is unique as it especially recognizes and honors the men and women of the Cold Warwho worked within the CIA, USAF, and civilians, who worked in secrecy at Groom Lake, the Nevada Test Site, the NASA High Range, Tonopah Test Range, Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, the Fallon Air Station, Stead AFB, and related sites in the state of Nevada.

The goal is to foster, promote, and encourage a better sense of appreciation by the public of those persons' contributions and the role of aerospace,and to perpetuate the memory of those honored by means of public displays and announcements.

Except in cases involving national security concerns, archival materials collected in the course of researching the above mentioned individuals, will be filed for future historical reference. Exceptional and responsible consideration will be given to selection of nominees without compromising the secrecy of their deeds and accomplishments.

The primary educational objectives of the NVAHOF focus on honoring the past while promoting the future of aviation. NVAHOF provides a state-wide Speakers Bureau for outreach within the community. They have also created an accessible archive of Nevada aviation history on the organizations website. An on-linevirtual museum and artifact archive/storage satisfies the final educational objective, while the NVAHOF searches for a permanent home for is collection.The uniqueness and diversity of Nevada's aviation projects make it the most important state in the nation in regards to cutting-edge aerospace technology and development.

*WHO: The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF)

WHAT:&Second Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner***

WHERE: Henderson Executive Airport, 3500 Executive Terminal Drive,Henderson, NV 89052

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2011 at 6pm

***Due to lack of sponsorship, dinner attendance is limited. Those wishing to
attend this nobleevent are welcome. Please contact either of the NVAHOF Directors of Communication and Development identified below.

Reception 6: p.m.
Dinner 7: p.m.
Seats $75.00 each

Dawn Barlow-Curtis 702-561-6372 Director Southern Nevada
Connie Pardew-May 775 530-2297 Director Northern Nevada

*Photo credit: Courtesy, History Colorado
**Photo credit: United Airlines Historical Foundation

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