Nevada, the Battle Born state, is unique in that it did not meet the constitutional requirements for statehood until well into the 20th century. Nonetheless, Nevada was rushed into statehood as the 36th state in the union on October 31, 1864 to ensure Abraham Lincoln’s reelection on November 8 and post-Civil War Republican dominance in Congress. The new state of Nevada soon became a Mecca for independent people who wanted to do new and different things, developing the state of Nevada into being our nation’s battlefield of the Cold War. Among the state’s unique accomplishments were the pioneering of space travel during which Nevada produced more astronauts than any other state, development of nuclear power for space exploration and as a deterrent to aggression by our enemies, and the development and testing of the accouterments of space, war and defense that contributed to our nation’s successes in its wars, the most significant being the winning of the Cold War. With the initial U-2 plane flight tests at Groom Lake, almost every flight established a new world altitude record for manned flight. The flights of the A-12 spyplane at Groom Lake established world altitude and speed records that still stand today. Formed 1 December 2008, the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving the legacy of these men and women who pioneered and advanced our nation’s aerospace within and above the State of Nevada.
Nevada has continued to exhibit its unique heritage through many aerospace pioneers and programs that have been either based here or in the interest of national security based elsewhere, but conducted their activities within the state of Nevada. Though these individuals and programs made major contributions to the state of Nevada, the United States, and the free world, little is known of some because many of these aerospace pioneers and icons made sacrifices and contributions in ultra secrecy at locations that even today are not well known. Contributing to their obscurity, they often used pseudo names in the interest of national security, thus ensuring that they remained nonexistent until the programs that they were associated with had been declassified. In many instances national security concerns required these aerospace pioneers to reside in another state and commute to work at secret venues in Nevada.
Also supporting the interstate commute of personnel were the laws of Nevada requiring the names of all contractor personnel staying in the state for more than 48 hours to be reported to state authorities. It was generally felt that to list all the names of contractor personnel and identify the companies involved would be likely expose the existence of the secret facilities and ongoing projects within the state. The General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, however, discovered that government employees were exempted from these requirements. Thenceforth many contractor personnel received appointments as government consultants, and if questions were asked the reply could be that no one but government employees were at the various sites in Nevada.
NVAHOF serves as an educational tool to assist both researchers and the general public in better understanding the very significant aerospace history of Nevada as well as a means of recognizing those hidden beneath the shroud of secrecy who have contributed so much to their country. NVAHOF maintains an archive of video clips and high resolution photos of the state’s aerospace history for distribution to historians, authors, agencies, scholars, and scholastic institutions with membership.
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The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) was incorporated in the State of Nevada on December 1, 2008 as a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for educational purposes under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and received tax exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on November 9, 2009. The NVAHOF currently operates as an educational resource and virtual museum through our website, www.nvahof.org . We offer the general public information related to the history of aviation and space through our virtual museum, speakers bureau, access to our historical archives holdings, recommendation of related books on related subjects and our annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame mission is to educate the public regarding the history of aviation in Nevada, the contribution of Nevada citizens to the development of worldwide aviation and to preserve the legacy of those men and women who pioneered and advanced our nation’s aerospace programs within the State of Nevada.
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