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.

Bill Stead and Senator Howard Cannon both loved aviation and were major contributors to its development in Nevada. Stead founded the Reno Air Races in 1964 and Cannon authored the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, which significantly increased commercial air traffic to Nevada. Stead and Cannon were inducted to the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Bill Stead (Left) and Senator Howard Cannon (Right) sharing a moment together.
Bill Stead (Left) and Senator Howard Cannon (Right) sharing a moment together.

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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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

This X-15 was carried under the wing of B-52 from Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California and released over Nevada. On November 9, 1962, the X-15 had to make an emergency landing on Mud Lake in Nye County, Nevada, due to an engine failure. The X-15’s left skid collapsed on touchdown and the aircraft flipped onto its back before complete stop. Jack McKay, NASA’s test pilot, was injured during the crash, but returned to service and flew an X-15 twenty two more times.

X-15's  Emergency Landing on Mud Lake (11/09/1962)