22 April 2017, Minden, Nevada
Executive Director TD Barnes and Roger Anderson were guests of the Sports Aviation Foundation at its annual banquet at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden, Nevada for an excellent buffet, and an evening of recognizing local sailplane aviators attending Wave Camp 2017. Minden Airport Manager Robbie Thompson reported on Wave Camp. Laurie Harden of Soaring NV told how the tow planes worked nonstop lifting the gliders and releasing them to soar over the beautiful Sierra-Nevada Mountains, riding the atmospheric phenomena known as mountain waves over the Carson Valley near Tahoe. Laurie also discussed the youth education/YAA and a number of young boys and girls received scholarships and recognition.
The evening sparked with humor and captivated interest with former CIA pilot as retired Air Force Lt Col Frank Murray gave a presentation of the Mach 3 A-12 spy plane that he flew at Area 51 during the CIA's Project OXCART and operationally over North Vietnam and North Korea for the CIA during Operation BLACKSHIELD.
Frank Murray was enshrined in the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. Barnes is currently the Executive Director of NVAHOF. Andersen and Chris Johnson, the Operations Supervisor at the Minden Airport are newly appointed Director of NVAHOF. Lt. Col. Roger Andersen and Barnes worked with Murray on the above-mentioned projects at Area 51. Barnes is also the current president of Roadrunners Internationale, an association of the participants at Area 51 in the CIA activities. Andersen and Murray are former presidents of the Roadrunners.
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame is happy to announce that Connie May has rejoined the organization as the Director of Public Affairs. May, based in Reno, Nevada has a background in broadcasting and advertising in the San Francisco Bay Area and Nevada. May has written articles ranging from business profiles to feature articles in local publications and aviation related publications and websites. She is an active member of Roadrunner’s Internationale--personnel who worked in secret during the Cold War, developing, testing and flying the U-2 and A-12 at Groom Lake (aka Area 51) Nevada. She has participated in Roadrunner Events including the A-12 Oxcart legacy Tour visiting various government agencies in 2010 and events at aviation museums.
Her real love is telling the story of the people, past and present that make things happen in the aviation community. She has the highest regard for our aviation pioneers and the sacrifices they made to protect us and give us a promising vision for the future. May also feels very strongly about the preservation of aviation’s national treasures and the to the mission of keeping our history alive. “It is very important to educate the public on the rich aviation history we have here in the great state of Nevada,” she said. Our aviation history is very diverse and many have contributed greatly to our national security and innovations in aviation and aerospace.”
May also is the Communications Director for the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. This prestigious event showcase skillfully restored aircraft dating back to the early 1990’s. The Invitational began in 1998 and is making its home at the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento, Calif.
May’s activities revolve around aviation as she has been an employee for Southwest Airlines since 2002.
16 May 2017
TD Barnes, founder and the first executive director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame resumes that role from Director Dr. Dan Bubb. It is anticipated that many of the original staff of officers will return to assist Barnes who intends to resume the aggressive recognition of the contributions and achievements that made Nevada a giant in US Aerospace and Aviation.
Barnes, an Army, NASA, and Area 51 veteran is also the president of Roadrunners Internationale, an association of the participants in the CIA's U-2, A-12, and the CIA/USAF YF-12 at Area 51. Barnes is the CEO of Startel, Inc. a Nevada business and is the author of numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction.