News and Events

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
Henderson, Nevada
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.

Colonel James E. Anderson, USAF (Ret.), passed away on October 31, 2014 in Rapid City, North Dakota at the age of 89. The cause of death was double pneumonia. He is survived by his spouse, Joyce. No schedule for services is available at this time.

Col. Anderson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded pilot wings in November 1944 when he was 19 years old. He attended B-26 and B-17 transition schools before being sent to North Africa, where he joined a B-17 photo recon unit in Port Lautey.

After returning to the United States, he was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota as Aircraft Commander of a B-36 bomber crew and later a B-52 Crew Commander until 1959 when he became an Operations Staff Officer with the 821st Air Division. From June 1960 to June 1965, he was assigned to Headquarters, 15th Air Force at March AFB in California as Liaison Officer to the Federal Aviation Agency. During this assignment, he flew T-33 and T-39 aircraft.

In June 1965, he was assigned as Chief of Training for the 1129th Special Activities Squadron at Groom Lake, Nevada. In September 1966, he was promoted to Colonel and performed duties of Executive Officer and later as Director of Operations. At Groom Lake, he flew the F-101, A-12 trainer, and Cessna 210. In July 1968, Colonel Anderson transferred to Beale AFB, California where he served as Director of Operations.

In 1969 he became Wing Vice Commander. Approximately a third of his Beale tour was spent as Commander of the SR-71 detachment at Kadena, Okinawa. During his Beale tour of duty, he flew the SR 71 Blackbird and the T-38.

In January 1972, Colonel Anderson was assigned to SAC Headquarters as Deputy Inspector General of the Strategic Air Command. He remained in this position until he retired in May 1973. He was a Command Pilot and was awarded the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

We regrettably announce that our Fifth Induction Ceremony and Dinner is canceled due to the low turnout and the inability of the one surviving inductee and other inductees family members to attend the event. We concluded that this action was necessary from a financial perspective as well. Refunds for those that have already purchased tickets will be mailed out on Monday, November 3.

T.D. Barnes, NVAHOF's co-founder and former Executive Director, will give a lecture on the evolution of Area 51 at UNLV on Tuesday, October 21. This talk is part of the College of Liberal Arts' University Forum Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Date & Time: October 21 (Tuesday), 7:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Marjorie Barrick Museum (On campus parking is free after 7pm)

For more details about the event, click here.

Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame has selected four individuals for the 2014 induction! Please join us to honor these individuals who have made significant contributions to Nevada’s aviation history!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
(6:00pm No-host social; 6:45pm Dinner; 7:30pm Induction program)
Location: The Landings restaurant at Henderson Executive Airport
(3500 Executive Terminal Dr. Henderson, NV)
Attire: Business casual
Ticket: $75 per person
(Corporate tables are available. The public is invited but seating is limited.)

To purchase a ticket, please contact Robert Friedrichs at 702-791-3536 or
, or Patrick Newcomb at 702-592-3766 or

Please click here to see the 2014 inductees’ short bios and details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at the Induction Ceremony and Dinner!

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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