The annual induction ceremony is held at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) AirVenture Museum located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The event includes the organization's Annual Membership Meeting, a no-host reception, a sit-down dinner and the ceremony itself. A silent auction was added to the reception as a scholarship fund raiser in 2003. The museum is open to event participants prior to the evening's festivities.
The museum's Eagle Hangar provides a fitting backdrop as the lives of the year's inductees are relived through a multimedia presentation. Surrounded by family, friends, coworkers and fellow aviators, the inductees are welcomed into the hall by previous inductees.
The first induction ceremony was conducted in 1986. Three Wisconsin aviators were inducted annually until 2000 when a Pioneer category was added. This group of inductees made their respective marks in aviation prior to the Lindbergh flight in May 1927. Currently, there may be as many as six individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame each year.
The links below will take you to a celebration of each year's event through images and other event data.
Scott Crossfield, 1986 featured speaker (WAHF photo by David Weiman)
Robert Goebel, 2003 WAHF inductee (WAHF photo)
nomination process for individuals that you consider worthy of
induction into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame is
straightforward and has just one requirement.
wishing to make a nomination must be a member of the
organization. Complete the
application (pdf) to become a member, fulfilling that
requirement. The nomination
form (pdf) is simply a coversheet for the substantiation
materials that you provide. We ask that you provide as much
material as possible so that we may give due consideration to
dues and merchandise sales contribute to the WAHF operating fund and
help spread the word about your organization. WAHF logo merchandise is
now available! Join | Shop |