American Aviation Historical Society

American Aviation Historical Society The Society is dedicated to the preservation of American aviation history by collecting and preserving a written and visual record of the planes, people, places and events involved in the development of this aviation heritage.
The Society was founded in 1956 and welcomes everyone interested in American aviation history. Our membership includes model builders, historians, educators, writers and aviation enthusiasts. All eras of American aviation history are covered - WWI, the Golden Age (1920-1939), WWII, post-war developments, Korea, Vietnam and current developments. Military, Commercial Transport and General aviation aspects are covered in detail.

Library and photo archives available to aviation history researchers

Mission: The American Aviation Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the rich heritage of American aviation. Our purpose is to collect and preserve a written and visual record of the planes, people, places and events involved in the development and expansion of American aviation. It achieves these educational goals, in part, through the quarterly publication of a Journal, and FlightLine newsletter on the AAHS Web site.

We're gearing up for our Annual Meeting, Feb 15-17th in Tucson, AZ!  Plan on joining us for an immersive aviation histor...
01/30/2019

We're gearing up for our Annual Meeting, Feb 15-17th in Tucson, AZ! Plan on joining us for an immersive aviation history experience! Special restoration project tours, museum walk-throughs, boneyard views and lunch with aviation enthusiasts- --bring along the camera and a friend, and enjoy the conversation and history! Go to the website at www.aahs-online.org for signup and more info!

AAHS friends and aviation buffs! We can design aviation vehicles that can go mach 5 but can't keep up with our FB page! ...
01/04/2019

AAHS friends and aviation buffs! We can design aviation vehicles that can go mach 5 but can't keep up with our FB page! Thanks for keeping up with us (and if you'd want to help with this daunting (for us!) task, give us a shout!) Lately we've been crazy busy on a couple of great projects, which we'll start to post progress on shortly. These projects include the digitization of 100,000 35mm aviation slides, dating from the 60s to the Reno Air Races of last year. Another project is the move of our headquarters office from a strip mall in Orange County, to historic Flabob Airport, nearby in Riverside County. We're also preparing to hang out with AAHS members and friends at the AAHS 2019 Annual Meeting ! Check out the event corner- we will be IMMERSED in cool aviation for the weekend of Feb. 15-17th--!

Day two at AirVenture 2018.  After a slow start due to weather, a/c have been flooding in today.  Here are a few that we...
07/24/2018

Day two at AirVenture 2018. After a slow start due to weather, a/c have been flooding in today. Here are a few that were seen today, 23-July-2018.

It's that time of year again - EAA AirVenture 2018.  Here is just a smidgen of the aircraft on display.  Included here i...
07/23/2018

It's that time of year again - EAA AirVenture 2018. Here is just a smidgen of the aircraft on display. Included here is the recently restored C-47 that led the D-Day Invasion, Honeywells Boeing 757 test bed, Boeing B-29 "Doc" a rare 1958 Pilatus P3-05 and a King's Engineering Fellowship Model 44 Angel, a Michigan ANG A-10 Thunderbolt II of the 107th FS - This group is celebrating its 100 anniversary with this specially painted bird (D-Day stripes and squadron logo)

CONGRATULATIONS TO  Carl Scholl, AAHS Board of Directors Member and co-owner of Aerotrader, for their restoration of Rod...
07/30/2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO Carl Scholl, AAHS Board of Directors Member and co-owner of Aerotrader, for their restoration of Rod Lewis' A-20 Havoc, of Lewis Air Legends, Texas. This restoration won EAA Airventures' GRAND CHAMPION award this year! More details to follow on this meticulous restoration, making this A-20 the only flying Havoc in the world.

Homebuilts to spacecraft, Airventure 2017 has had something for everyone, and then some. We continue to find friends and...
07/30/2017

Homebuilts to spacecraft, Airventure 2017 has had something for everyone, and then some. We continue to find friends and make new ones--

A storm system moves to the south of the Oshkosh airfield, much to the relief of numerous rare warbirds & vintage aircra...
07/27/2017

A storm system moves to the south of the Oshkosh airfield, much to the relief of numerous rare warbirds & vintage aircraft owners and admirers.

NC  17634, A Spartan Executive built by Spartan in the late 1930s, is a photographer's favorite in the early morning hou...
07/27/2017

NC 17634, A Spartan Executive built by Spartan in the late 1930s, is a photographer's favorite in the early morning hours at EAA Airventure 2017. Photo by AAHS member Rafe Thomsett

The day has been lovely and crisp, with more airplanes than you can shake an oil can at, and AAHS members stopping by th...
07/25/2017

The day has been lovely and crisp, with more airplanes than you can shake an oil can at, and AAHS members stopping by the Vintage Hangar:)

2017 EAA Airventure has begun! For the first time in recent memory AAHS will have a table at the Vintage Hangar, where w...
07/24/2017

2017 EAA Airventure has begun! For the first time in recent memory AAHS will have a table at the Vintage Hangar, where we'll sign up new members, visit with current members, and hang out with the aircraft type clubs such as the Globe Swift club, Navion club, and Wisconsin chapter of the 0X-5 club. We'll be supporting our AAHS friends, such as Carl Scholl, here at Oshkosh presenting the A-20 Havoc that his company Aerotrader, restored to combat readiness for owner Rod Lewis. Come by and visit, and we'll post pics as they happen.

Bob, taking a European holiday, has stopped into the Grand Hotel, in Bordeaux, France, and took his AAHS Journal,  Volum...
06/10/2017

Bob, taking a European holiday, has stopped into the Grand Hotel, in Bordeaux, France, and took his AAHS Journal, Volume 62, #1, with him. This Journal has its usual complement of great history, including the development of glider towing, in 1922; the development of the GLOMB (glide bomb) by the Naval Aircraft Factory, in 1940; a great article on how Pan American Airways successfully conquered the enormous challenges of the Pacific ocean air travel, and the origins of US Coast Guard aviation, to name a few.

Check out briefs of these articles and other aviation history at www.aahs-online.org!

American Aviation Historical Society's cover photo
05/20/2017

American Aviation Historical Society's cover photo

AAHS is supporting Flabob airport (RIR) and the DC3 Flyin this weekend!  You can't enjoy better flying history than 10 D...
05/20/2017

AAHS is supporting Flabob airport (RIR) and the DC3 Flyin this weekend! You can't enjoy better flying history than 10 DC3s taking off, landing, providing rides, stories and an amazing look at how air travel started in the US! 9 of the 10 aircraft flew in -with one of the nine already here for maintenance.

The furthest C47 came from Florida (Placid Lassie), another from Dallas, Texas, while DC3s/C47s came in from Arizona, and nearby from Riverside and Orange county airports.

From Sonoma came the first and only C-41A, the first military-contract-produced DC3, that also provided rides to lucky passengers.

Also on display at Flabob Airport are a few of their reproduction race planes, all built or worked on at Flabob Airport. AAHS provided full histories of each aircraft, and a CD of 900 photos of DC3s/C47s (also available for sale for $15)

Tomorrow we'll get great photos of the aircraft departing-
and wait for the next Flabob DC3 Fly-in!

Aviation experiences are best shared-like the friendship and history we shared at the Annual Meeting this weekend in San...
02/05/2017

Aviation experiences are best shared-like the friendship and history we shared at the Annual Meeting this weekend in San Diego! Gary Fogel gave us a tantalizing view of the early days of flying in San Diego, with his presentation on John J. Montgomery, while the wine, munchies and friends mixed freely at the Carlton Oaks Country Club. Today we goggled at the larger-than-life collection of aviation posters at the Allen Airways Museum, in addition to sights at the San Diego Air & Space Museum restoration annex, and hearing from SDASM head honcho Jim Kidrick! The guacamole was flowing, the aviation yarns were spreading like a kaftan - what a great time to be in aviation!

Make sure to attend the AAHS Annual Meeting, open to members and guests, at the beautiful Allen Airways Museum, this Feb...
01/30/2017

Make sure to attend the AAHS Annual Meeting, open to members and guests, at the beautiful Allen Airways Museum, this February 3, 4, 5th!

We're ABOUT ready for our 2017 Annual Meeting!   Come out and share unique aviation history with us at Gillespie Field, ...
01/30/2017

We're ABOUT ready for our 2017 Annual Meeting! Come out and share unique aviation history with us at Gillespie Field, Feb 3, 4, 5th! All are welcome! Our one rate gets you the WHOLE weekend of activity!

Ok-- HUGE apology needed here! Our FB volunteer has had medical issues, and we've not had updates to our FB page in far ...
01/03/2017

Ok-- HUGE apology needed here! Our FB volunteer has had medical issues, and we've not had updates to our FB page in far too long! We've got some great new help with our FB page, and look forward to getting some great news and aviation history- rare photos, and amazing new histories uncovered every day! Thanks for hanging in there- and join us at our upcoming Annual Meeting, at the beautiful Allen Airways Museum, Gillespie Field, San Diego! The weekend of FEBRUARY 3-5th will include tours of the San Diego Air and Space Museum restoration center, lunch at Allen Airways (Feb 4th) and a tour of the Air and Space Museum, in Balboa Park, on the 5th! Do check it out, and come join us!

Porterfields cross Continental Divide..The return flight has been along I-80, through Nebraska, Wyoming, and now into Ut...
09/07/2016

Porterfields cross Continental Divide..
The return flight has been along I-80, through Nebraska, Wyoming, and now into Utah. Two days ago we'd left Iowa to skirt a massive set of thunderstorms in Nebraska. Then the Porterfields were tossed about getting through the backside of the front. But those tough little birds (and sturdy nerves of the pilots!) saw the planes through Gothenburg, NE, Laramie, Rawlins, RockSprings, and Evanston, Wyoming. Great news as well, the EAA photoshoot at the AAA fly-in turned out some wonderful shots!

Porterfield Flight Westward BoundWe've left the Antique Aircraft Association Fly-in to visit a special airfield, 100 mil...
09/05/2016

Porterfield Flight Westward Bound
We've left the Antique Aircraft Association Fly-in to visit a special airfield, 100 miles south in Missouri. We flew in to Rankin Airport, owned by Joe Rankin, the Type Certificate Holder of the Porterfield. He let us view his modified Porterfield (now the 'Rankin Collegiate') N1049S, which sports an 85 HP Continental, a new observation window, and other mods we didnt have time to examine. Following a visit with Joe, we headed to Greenfield Airfield, back in Iowa, to see the Iowa State Aviation Museum, which features two family members of Bob Cable. The museum credits much of their material research comes from the books 'Iowa Takes to the Air' (3 volumes) written by AAHS member Ann Pellegreno.

We enjoy two days of flying and storytelling at the Antique Aircraft Association flyin-Blakesburg
09/03/2016

We enjoy two days of flying and storytelling at the Antique Aircraft Association flyin-Blakesburg

09/01/2016

Day 4, 5 of AAHS Flight to Ottumwa. The terrain between Las Vegas, NM and central Iowa has changed drastically, from sage and pinion pine, to rolling grasslands, to neatly arranged farmlands, separated by winding creeks and forest strips. Great people have helped out at fuel stops, and stopped to chat with us at restaurants and FBOs.

Day 4, 5 of Porterfields to Ottumwa
09/01/2016

Day 4, 5 of Porterfields to Ottumwa

Day 3 of Porterfields to Ottumwa
08/30/2016

Day 3 of Porterfields to Ottumwa

08/29/2016

The flight today with the three Porterfields, from Winslow AZ to Las Vegas, NM was under beautiful skies. Our chase motorhomes provided the snacks and easy chairs (ok, glass of wine too!) at the end of the day. We head out at dawn for Dodge City, Kansas, where a steak dinner awaits tomorrow (see today's photos in below post)

We ve made it to Las Vegas New Mexico!
08/29/2016

We ve made it to Las Vegas New Mexico!

07/25/2016

This Day in History: July 25, 1977

The Aero Design DG-1, a custom-built single-seat Unlimited Class racing monoplane makes its first flight. Powered by two RX-3 rotary engine in a pusher/tractor configuration it was targeted at breaking the world speed record for propeller-driven aircraft.

This Day in History: July 20, 1969USAF Col "Buzz" Aldrin joins Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon while USAF Lt C...
07/20/2016

This Day in History: July 20, 1969

USAF Col "Buzz" Aldrin joins Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon while USAF Lt Col Mike Collins remains in orbit

The AAHS recently published its first book in a number of years: "America's Local Service Airlines", by David StringerTh...
07/09/2016

The AAHS recently published its first book in a number of years:
"America's Local Service Airlines", by David Stringer

The “Local Service Airlines,” as they eventually became known, were given birth by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). In 1943, the CAB undertook a mission to investigate the possibility of extending scheduled air service to smaller cities and towns throughout the United States even if the service to some of those communities might not be economically viable. This was an incredibly progressive undertaking for a government agency. America was in the midst of World War Two. The nation was becoming “air-minded” and the members of the Board knew that, once the war was over, every city and town would want to be on the airline map with this new industry carrying the weight of importance that the railroads had shouldered in the 19th century. Providing transportation to isolated towns and implementing air service to communities near military installations in support of national defense were additional reasons for examining the potential of this new type of air carrier. This is the story of the 13 airlines that were selected to participate in this experiment. ( ISBN 978-0-9801092-1-4, Released June 1, 2016 )

You can get your copy at an introductory sale price of $33.95 by going to http://www.aahs-online.org/store.php

04/15/2016

April 14, 1955

Rep. Carl Vinson, chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee states, "There is not a military or commercial plane flying today in this country that does not reflect in some way the research of the NACA."

03/28/2016

This Day in History: March 28, 1944

15th AF flew its first "1000-ton raid" striking targets in Italy

03/26/2016

This Day in History: March 25, 1993

Barbara Harmer, British Airways, becomes the first woman to copilot a commercial SST as the first officer on the Concorde from London to New York City.

More GCAT photos
02/19/2016

More GCAT photos

Some shots of the AAHS 60th Annual Meeting at the Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale CA
02/17/2016

Some shots of the AAHS 60th Annual Meeting at the Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale CA

Check back soon for full agenda!
01/30/2016

Check back soon for full agenda!

Test your aviation knowledge! Guess what plane this is!
09/10/2015

Test your aviation knowledge! Guess what plane this is!

This Day in History:  August 28, 1945B-29s made first supply dropping mission to WWII POWs in China
08/29/2015

This Day in History: August 28, 1945

B-29s made first supply dropping mission to WWII POWs in China

July 10, 19641st Air Commando wing C-47 crew awarded the Mackay Trophy for Vietnam rescue mission!
07/11/2015

July 10, 1964

1st Air Commando wing C-47 crew awarded the Mackay Trophy for Vietnam rescue mission!

AAHS Headquarters, hard at work!
06/26/2015

AAHS Headquarters, hard at work!

The AAHS booth at Flabob Airport! We had a lot of customers, and a lot of fun!
06/09/2015

The AAHS booth at Flabob Airport! We had a lot of customers, and a lot of fun!

This Day in History: June 2, 1919The Forestry air patrol, an organized and sustained aerial forest fire patrol, was init...
06/03/2015

This Day in History: June 2, 1919

The Forestry air patrol, an organized and sustained aerial forest fire patrol, was initiated at Rockwell Field CA, using Curtis JN-4Ds and JN-6Hs!

May 18, 1919War Department ordered use of national star insigne on all planes.
05/19/2015

May 18, 1919

War Department ordered use of national star insigne on all planes.

This Day in History: May 12, 1918AEF received a DH-4, its first American-made airplane
05/13/2015

This Day in History:
May 12, 1918

AEF received a DH-4, its first American-made airplane

05/08/2015

This Day in History: May 8, 1958

The F-104A sets an altitude record for the aircraft of 91,243 ft.

05/07/2015

This Day in History:

On May 7, 1912, three Army planes made the first group cross-country flight.

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