On September 15-17, 2017, the Idaho Civil Air Patrol hosted the Rocky Mountain Region Civil Air Patrol Conference (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming) at the Sun Valley Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho. Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame Executive Director TD Barnes served as the Special Key Note Speaker and Special Instructor earlier in the event and again at the awards banquet following the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony awarding Capt Waldo Thurber posthumously.
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame Executive Director, TD Barnes has a 186-page book depicting the aviation and aerospace legends and pioneers who made history by their deeds and accomplishments in the Battle Born state of Nevada. The proceeds from all book sales will go to the non-profit 501(C)3 NVAHOF corporation to support its mission of recognizing the men, women, and organizations who pioneered aerospace and aviation in the Battle Born State of Nevada. Becoming the West Coast line of Defense during World War II, Nevada has produced the most astronauts of any state, the NERVA nuclear rocket engine, and the classified science and technology developed in obscurity at venues such as Area 51 & TTR.
Nevada, the Battle Born state was selected as the nation’s west coast line of defense during World War II. Ever since, Nevada has hosted the Army Air Corps, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, US Army, and the Navy for the development of the nation’s most highly classified activities and achievements that played a large part in winning the Cold War and all other wars in between. The state of Nevada has been a Mecca for independent people who wanted to do new and different things. Among the state's unique accomplishments were the pioneering of space travel during which Nevada produced more astronauts than any other state. Nevada hosted the development of nuclear power for space exploration and as a deterrent to aggression by our enemies. The state's development and testing of the accouterments of space, war, and defense have contributed to our nation's successes. 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 CIA's A-12 spy plane at Groom Lake set world altitude and speed records that still stand today.
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 commuted to conduct 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 declassification of the associated programs. In many instances, national security concerns required these aerospace pioneers to reside in another state and commute to work at secret venues in Nevada. This occurred with the CIA when it chose Nevada for the Agency's Area 51 to develop the U-2 spy plane.
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.
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 contributed so much to their country.
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Executive Director: TD Barnes
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.
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.
Check out NVAHOF Deputy Director Daniel Bubb's article on McCarran Airport in UNLV's "My Nevada 5" series!
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.