Newsletter

2 December 2017
North Las Vegas Airport, Nevada
Connie May, Director of Communications
Clark County and Clark County Aviation Association Open House

On 2 December 2017, the NVAHOF staff, as part of the organization's outreach program, participated in the annual Clark County Aviation Association Open House at the North Las Vegas, Airport. Current director TD Barnes, past director Dr. Dan Bubb, Doris Barnes, and Connie May, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs and members Deborah and Wayne Dye, and Jeffrey Wedding joined to display the plaques of past inductees and to recruit new members and to support and interface with the aviation community in general. Among these were Jerry Doyle, President of the Clark County Aviation Association, the Nevada Civil Air Patrol, Clark County officials, Douglas Scroggins III, CEO at Scroggins Aviation Mockup & Effects, for the Motion Picture and Television Industry, and others. Harry Martin, VP of Roadrunners Internationale, his daughter, Debbie, and family joined the NVAHOF team who in October enshrined the Roadrunners into the NVAHOF.
NVAHOF is happy to report three more members joining the 501 (C)(3) 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.

TD & Doris Barnes
Diretors Barnes and Bubb visiting with a Clark County official
NVAHOF Secretary Doris Barnes
Doris Barnes & Debbie Barnes-Dye

Jeff's Father, Jeffery Wedding, and TD Barnes
TD Barnes and Doug Scroggins in his Chinook Helicopter movie prop. Scroggins is known for his work on Dunkirk (2017), Sully (2016) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Roadrunners Internationale Vice President Harry Martin and President TD Barnes
NVAHOF staff members, Doris Barnes, TD Barnes, and Connie May
TD Barnes and Doug Scroggins
Harry Martin, CAP Capt Michael Biehn, TD Barnes, Doug Scroggins

Disgruntled former officer Robert E. Friedrichs of Las Vegas, Nevada is attempting to block funding of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame. He is threatening legal action if NVAHOF sells the book, “The Legends of the Battle Born State” to generate income for the 501 (c)(3) corporation. Mr. Friedrichs' threats are so grievous that NVAHOF feels it must respond. (Past posting about release of the book: Release of Aviation Legends of the Battle Born State

Note that Mr. Friedrichs never published his so-called copyright material publically shared on the NVAHOF website. The only thing he can hold a copyright to is the attached threatening letter.

Friedrichs is acting in bad faith.
Mr Friedrichs' is making his threats following his receipt of an autographed courtesy copy of the NVAHOF book sent him by Executive Director TD Barnes. The book's credits credited Friedrichs for his contributions to the NVAHOF. Instead of supporting the effort of funding future NVAHOF enshrinement events, Friedrichs served NVAHOF Director Barnes with the certified letter below.

For the record, other than the foreword authored by TD Barnes, the book consists entirely of photos and bios of past enshrinees posted on the NVAHOF website with all copyrights reserved by NVAHOF. All proceeds from the book are intended to go to NVAHOF for fundraising in conjunction with an NVAHOF membership drive planned for December 2 at the Clark County Aviation Association open house at the North Las Vegas Airport.

This is not the first time for Mr. Friedrichs to take issue with NVAHOF being a success. He seems to have forgotten that he became disgruntled and resigned from NVAHOF in 2011 the first time, missing the 2012 enshrinement ceremony entirely. He rejoined NVAHOF as the director in April 2013 and left again in March 2016. Unfortunately, this was not soon enough.
Friedrichs' first act as director was to immediately discard the entire staff of volunteers who had served NVAHOF from day one. He, as he called it, rebooted the corporation, changing the website to remove past activities, started a new online store when the organization already had a functioning store, replacing the corporation's bylaws, business plans, etc. Friedrichs opened new social media accounts when the organization already had accounts, creating duplicates almost impossible to resolve to this day. He reduced the organization to near being an empty shell, creating a Herculean task of rebuilding for the original staff of volunteers who have resumed their duties held before.
Now, Mr. Friedrichs is threatening legal action if NVAHOF does not recycle all copies of the book and refrain from selling the book for fundraising. Mr. Friedrichs is claiming he wrote the material and holds the original copyright, and that he as the author, has the right to distribute, reproduce, license, display, and prepare secondary works based upon his original work. Mr. Friedrich, being the astute businessman and leader that he is not, seems to overlook a few details.
!. He had resigned and gone AWOL during the period the staff created many of the NVAHOF citations in the book.
2. He overlooks that the contents of the book came from the NVAHOF website, which clearly holds the copyright.
3. The NVAHOF bylaws created by him in September 2013, when the corporation already had bylaws, clearly states under para 12.01: ”Property Rights - No member will have any right, title, or interest in or to any property of this organization.”

Friedrichs makes an issue in his demand letter of Barnes being the author of the book. At least Barnes authored something. Friedrichs failed to even write news releases to the members while he was the director. Robert Friedrichs needs to know that corporations can't be "authors" for copyright. NVAHOF could be the owner of the copyright, but could not be the author. Thus the reason for identifying Director Barnes as the author. Barnes never claimed to be the owner. Quite the contrary. For the record, Barnes did assign to NVAHOF all copyrights to the book.

The Court of Appeals has drawn a distinction between authorship and ownership. It held that these were not synonymous in that authorship refers to the act of creation whereas ownership refers to the possession of proprietary rights. An author is not necessarily the owner, and the owner is not necessarily the author. The Court of Appeal said, definitively, that for the Copyright Act, authors had to be living persons. To hold otherwise would run counter to other sections of the Copyright Act, notably the duration of works. The Court held that companies could not claim a perpetual monopoly of copyright ownership based on an assertion of authorship.

This is not the first attempt by Robert Friedrichs to harm the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame or its staff of volunteers. The list is too long to itemize and responses should be left to all the other volunteer staff and members hurt by the actions of Robert Friedrichs who is now seeking to prevent the public knowing the legacy of those enshrined in NVAHOF.

Mr. Friedrichs gave Barnes, the director 15 days from receipt of the certified letter to respond to him. Barnes is sending him the link to this message as his response and the response of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame. It took 15 minutes, not 15 days to respond. Get off your knee, Robert and do your whining somewhere else. NVAHOF will survive and continue to honor the deeds and sacrifices made by the aerospace and aviation veterans of this state in spite of you. So you know, at the December 2d open house, the book, “Aviation Legends of the Battle Born State” will be donated to anyone becoming a member of NVAHOF or donating $20.00 or more towards the 2018 enshrinement costs. If you want to make that a legal issue against Barnes, NVAHOF, and Nevada's veterans, bring it on.
TD BARNES, Executive Director

On October 13, Frank Murray (CIA A-12 pilot), Harry Martin (AF fuels specialist), and TD Barnes, former Area 51 Special Projects and the current Executive Director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame were the guests at CIA Headquarters where they were interviewed by historians and Public Affairs, and guests of the EAA, and the CIA Museum Director. The Central Intelligence Agency staff treated them to a private lunch at Hqs. The NVAHOF enshrined Frank Murray into the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame in 2012.

NVAHOF Director TD Barnes
Harry Martin, Frank Murray, TD Barnes


Jerry Doyle, President Clark County Aviation Association reports that cadets of the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will assist with the open house. Mr. Doyle has stated plans to set up the carpeted area shown in the photos for the kids with a bouncy house, clown, coloring, etc. The 99s will host the pancake breakfast in the lobby area partitioned by the glass walls. Around the sides of the carpet will be Groups, Organizations, Vendors, etc.

Officers, staff, and members of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame will have an area set up to greet participants at the gala event and to accept new membership applications. It is an annual event for the NVAHOF to join the sponsor, CCAA, Clark County Aviation Association, to entertain and welcome visitors to the aviation and car show event at the North Las Vegas Airport. NVAHOF will display the plaques of those enshrined for the past two years before they join the plaques of those enshrined in the past that are on public display at the McCarran Airport. As a fundraiser for NVAHOF, the staff is offering a discounted price on sales of the recently published book, "Aviation Legends of the Battle Born State," authored by NVAHOF Director TD Barnes. All proceeds go to the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the recognition of Nevada's aviation and aerospace pioneers and pacesetters. Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame

14 November 2017
Nevada State Museum
Las Vegas, Nevada

NVAHOF Director TD Barnes speaking
Below: Guest Truman Guynn and NVAHOF Director TD Barnes
Barnes and Guynn were HS classmates at Mt. View, Oklahoma

NVAHOF Director TD Barnes served as the keynote speaker at a luncheon of Pioneering Las Vegas History to a record-breaking crowd at the Springs Preserve that included guests from Oklahoma and Colorado. His topic was the recently declassified history of the Central Intelligence Agency during the forming of Area 51 for flight-testing the ultra-secret U-2 reconnaissance plane. Barnes was affiliated with and worked at Area 51 on the agency's DS&T special projects team. His lecture covered the questions of who, when, why, what, and where of the CIA era at Area 51 and the many recently revealed affiliated sites during the period of the Cold War from 1955 to 1979 when the CIA relinquished Area 51 to the US Air Force.

Mark the date: December 2, 2017
Clark County Aviation, NV Open House


The NVAHOF staff welcomes its members and friends to join them for a pancake breakfast and a great day with old friends, new friends, and neighbors while mingling through the aviation and car show. This annual event is hosted by the Clark County Department of Airports and the Clark County Aviation Association. NVAHOF will have available for purchase the recently published book "Aviation Legends of the Battleborn State." All proceeds will go to support the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame. New members will have an opportunity to join the NVAHOF and participate in its recognizing and honoring those who contributed to the rich aviation and aerospace history of the Battle Born state.

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.

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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