Monthly Archives: August 2014

On April 7, 2014, NVAHOF participated in the 7th Annual Aviation Open House put on by the Clark County Aviation Association. The event took place at the North Las Vegas Airport. Robert Friedrichs, Dan Bubb, and Pat Newcomb staffed the display table to show the public who we are, what we do, and share an exciting day of aviation with other enthusiasts. Please visit our website to see photos.

On June 28, 2014, Dan Bubb gave a presentation entitled “Early Air Mail Transportation in Nevada” at the James I. Gibson Library in Henderson. The presentation showcased the early airmail years and explained the importance of the Transcontinental Airmail Route to Nevada and its future.

Coming Events:
The next Speaker’s Bureau will take place on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00pm. The NVAHOF will announce the location via email to members and on our website and Facebook once the location has been finalized. This month’s speaker will be Clark County Museum Administrator and Pawn Stars Consultant Mark Hall Patton. He will talk about the significance of aviation and aerospace in Nevada after World War II. You will not want to miss this blockbuster event!

On November 8, 2014 the NVAHOF will have its annual induction dinner honoring individuals who made significant contributions to advancing aviation and aerospace in Nevada. This year we will be inducting Roscoe Turner, John Paragonsky, Margaret Gee, and Robert Hoover. More details will be available on the NVAHOF website and Facebook page.

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This photo is from the first World Congress of Flight, which took place on April 13-19, 1959 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It was the first international air-space show in the U.S. history and the first event at the Convention Center, which was completed earlier in the year.

Outdoor exhibits were held at the Convention Center (as shown in the picture) and McCarran Airport. The Convention Center also hosted indoor exhibits. Aerial demonstrations were held at the old horse race track adjacent to the Convention Center and the Air Force base in Indian Springs. The flight demonstration in Indian Springs was nationally televised.

The keynote speakers were Dr. Edward Teller, known as “the father of the hydrogen bomb” in the United States and U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay, who, at the conclusion of WWII, made a non-stop flight from Hokkaido, Japan, to Chicago in a B-29, breaking several aviation records of the time. Thousands of individuals from around the world attended the event.

1959 World Flight of Congress at Las Vegas Convention Center