The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has been awarded an appropriation of $250,000 from the State of Ohio. With this grant, the NAHF is one step closer to the transformation of their current Learning Center into a new state-of-the-art facility called the NAHF’s Heritage Hall and Education Center (HHEC).
Board Chairman Michael Quiello says, “The NAHF is committed to preserving and sharing the outstanding accomplishments of America’s premier air and space pioneers. Our current space achieves this part of our mission, and the reimaged space will further immerse our visitors with a stimulating STEAM-based learning environment that engages visitors from across the nation.” Quiello adds, “Most of all, we would like to thank the Ohio General Assembly for their commitment to aviation education and history. We make a great team for honoring the past and inspiring the future.”
The generous appropriation provides the support needed to begin the reimagined space. NAHF President and CEO Amy Spowart says that the 17,500 square foot space will eventually include seven entirely renovated areas that engage visitors with videos, graphic displays, and hands-on interactives. Spowart states, “We strive to present a clear vision of aviation heroes; their spirit, tenacity, and ingenuity which all serve as the legacy of American aviation. Our goal is to share their stories in ways that inspire the next generation of aviation and aerospace greats.”
Each year the NAHF provides an increasing number of programs for adults and children of all ages. Spowart says, “Our HHEC and its programs are free and open to the public. Because of that, we have seen our attendance numbers grow as we work to engage teachers, students, active and retired military, and the public at large. Co-located with the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, we are ideally situated to support and improve access to impactful learning experiences that build interest and knowledge in aviation and aerospace heritage for our visitors.”
“We’ve been waiting to see the HHEC take shape for quite some time,” Board vice-Chair David Brixey says in reaction to the news. Brixey adds that the transformation could not happen without this support from the State. “We are beyond grateful for this appropriation. We have planned, shared our vision, and worked hard to acquire the funds to begin this project. This is a truly impactful way to honor the legacy of our Enshrinees and inspire the workforce of tomorrow.”