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Bob Hoover receives 2014 NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy at Washington Aero Club gala

Tonight, December 12, 2014, at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton, the Aero Club of Washington held its 67th Annual Wright Memorial Dinner in...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 4 years ago

Star-studded “Tribute to Bob Hoover” in L.A. on February 21 Nearing Sell-Out

Every so often we catch wind of an aviation celebration that just feels like it will be one of those ‘bucket list’-level happenings. To...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 5 years ago

National Aviation Hall of Fame turns Learning Center management over to heritage organization

The Congressionally-chartered non-profit National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) held a press conference on Tuesday, December 8th, to...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Military History

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  • 4 years ago

Air Force Museum at full throttle on $40 million hangar construction

It may be near zero degrees in Dayton with the wind-chill this week, but that hasn’t stopped progress on the Air Force Museum’s massive...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Military History

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  • 4 years ago

“Reel Stuff Salute to Heroes” paired films and veterans for celebration in Air Force Museum Theatre

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Museum got the jump on celebrating Veterans Day, hosting the first ever “Reel Stuff Salute to...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Military History

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Annual “Oscar Night of Aviation” shines spotlight on six new National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees

On October 4th the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) hosted its 52nd Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony in Dayton, Ohio. Long...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 4 years ago

Those Fokkers are back! Dayton hosts the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous this weekend

My keen interest in WWII aviation no doubt stems from my father’s experience as a B-25 pilot-instructor. However, it was also my dad I...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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ABOVE AND BEYOND film brings life to incredible tale of U.S. volunteer pilots in Israel War of Independence

Machal is the Hebrew acronym for “volunteers from abroad.” During Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, Machalniks, as they were called...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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EAA’s Young Eagles Program to receive 2014 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award from National Aviation Hall of Fame

(June 26, 2014 – Dayton, OH) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) annually presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Industry & Organizations

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Air Force Museum breaks ground on fourth giant hangar – 2016 target for opening

It seems that the National Museum of the United States Air Force (forever better known as the “Air Force Museum”) in Dayton, Ohio has...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
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Thunderbolt I and II uniquely marked D-Day 50th – the first heritage flight?

Hard to fathom now that it was twenty years ago today, April 26, 1994, that I participated in one of both the earliest and most uniquely...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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$20K Combs Gates Award “Call for Entries” announced by National Aviation Hall of Fame

Earlier this week the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) publicly announced it’s “call for entries” for the 12th Annual Combs Gates...
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Women in Aviation, Int’l to receive “Spirit of Flight” Award

2013 honor announced last year at Oshkosh; formal award presentation takes place this Friday, March 7, 2014 at WAI’s 25th annual...
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  • 5 years ago

Air Force Museum Unveils New Shuttle Exhibit

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s new Space Shuttle Exhibit and STEM Learning Node opened to the public today after a special...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Space History

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  • 5 years ago

Red Bull Stratos Exhibit Lands at Air Force Museum on Way to Smithsonian

Other than running the risk of hypothermia, hypoxia, ultraviolet radiation, or having one’s blood boil, oh – and the possibility of...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Space History

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  • 5 years ago

Air Force Museum adds CV-22 Osprey to collection

In conditions ideal for an air show (if you live in Point Barrow), a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its final flight and landed...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Aircraft

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Raiders' Final Toast a Fitting Focus on Veterans Day

I have long and colorful history with the Doolittle Raiders, both personally and professionally, especially if you count that my Dad was...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Events

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Proves "The Show Must Go On"

On Friday, October 4, it was my privilege to oversee the National Aviation Hall of Fame's induction festivities, again as Enshrinement...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Events

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