29 September 2011 News Release
Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame
468 Palegold Street
Henderson, NV 89012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dawn Barlow-Curtis, 702-561-6372 September 29, 2011
THE NEVADA AEROSPACE HALL OF FAME (NVAHOF)
CONTINUES ITS EDUCATION INITIATIVE WITH SEVERAL KEY EVENTS HERE IN LAS VEGAS
HENDERSON, Nevada – September 29, 2011 is Media Day to kick off several exciting events leading up to the March 2012 opening of the Atomic Testing Museum’s new exhibit, Area 51 Myth or Reality. NVAHOF Director, Thornton D. “TD” Barnes, MSGT Harry Martin, and retired USAF Lt. Col. Roger Andersen, all of Area 51 CIA Project OXCART fame, will join the Atomic Testing Museum for this special VIP Media Day where they will discuss their recently declassified activities at Area 51.
On October 4, 2011, at the museum, the NVAHOF will field a broad spectrum of former Area 51 CIA and Air Force pilots, project support personnel from CIA, FAA, USAF, and the civilian sector, to share their recently declassified accounts of the early projects at Area 51. This is a great kickoff for the Atomic Testing Museums Area 51 Myth or Reality exhibit, and an equally great opportunity for NVAHOF to educate the public and tomorrow’s engineers and leaders about the exciting, state-of-the-art achievements emerging from beneath the shroud of secrecy that is Area 51.
The evening of October 4th, NVAHOF, the Central Intelligence Agency, the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, and the UNLV History Department will conduct the second lecture of the Dean’s Conversation Series at 7:30 p.m. in the new UNLV Science and Engineering Building. Archangel: the CIA’s Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft, will be presented by CIA Chief Historian, Dr. David Robarge and a panel discussion will take place veterans of the A-12 program, CIA pilot, Frank Murray of Gardnerville, CIA Special Projects engineer/technician, TD Barnes of Henderson, and CIA/Air Force pilot and Operations Officer Roger Andersen of Las Vegas. Dr. Robarge will give a brief overview of CIA activities in Nevada during the Cold War and particularly will discuss the generalities of the A-12 program. The rest of the evening will be a conversation between the historical program participants and the audience. Only recently declassified, many of these details and topics have rarely been discussed in open public forums.
On Wednesday, October 5th, capitalizing on the presence of Roadrunners Internationale members and the Lockheed-Martin sponsor in town for the 22nd biennial Roadrunners Internationale reunion, NVAHOF has organized an optional activity for those attending the reunion to meet in Rachel, Nevada for a fun-filled afternoon mixing with the locals. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour. An invitation has also been extended to the Air Force to join in the fun as three decades or more of myths about Area 51 vaporize into reality. Dr. Robarge, Chief Historian at CIA, and Cheryl Moore, with the CIA EAA Store, will join in the public relations and fun as the Roadrunners autograph Dr. Robarge’s monograph and photos provided by NVAHOF photographer Mike Schmitz. Connie Pardew, NVAHOF Director of Communications and Development for Northern Nevada will generate an excellent account of this historical event. NVAHOF thanks Dreamland Resorts and Roadrunners Internationale webmaster, Joerg Arnu for organizing and managing this historic adventure. It has been said that controlling the Roadrunners on a tour is more challenging for the organizer than herding cats and chickens.
On October 7, 2011, following the Roadrunner reunion, Barnes, Friedrichs, Robarge, Moore, and Schmitz will join Nellis Public Affairs officer Gene Hill on a tour of Nellis AFB. After the tour they will be meeting to discuss plans for the organized collection and preservation of future declassified aerospace history to ensure that nothing is lost.
October 14, 2011, the NVAHOF will conduct its second annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony and Dinner. Eight legends of aviation in the state of Nevada will be included this year. The event will be held at The Landing Restaurant in the Henderson Executive Air Terminal. The induction dinner and ceremony is open to the public. Those wishing information or wanting to attend can contact NVAHOF at email@example.com.
NVAHOF public outreach and educational activities for the past year included: promotional presence at the Reno Air Races and the Nellis Air Force Base Open House, and Naval Air Station, Fallon. NVAHOF also participated in the reunion of the Atomic Curtiss Marines and meetings of the Daedalians Fighter Flight #62 at Nellis AFB. On September 23rd NVAHOF participated in an educational tour of Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas.
In 2010 the NVAHOF organized and participated in a 10-day, Oxcart Legacy Tour in Washington, D.C. Former workers of Nevada's Groom Lake facility gave presentations at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum, the Capitol Hill Club, and the International Spy Museum. They held their first induction ceremony in November 2010.
About the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame is a non-profit, educational foundation dedicated to preserving the legacy of the men and women who pioneered aerospace within the State of Nevada. The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame established and maintains an ongoing means of honoring individuals who have contributed in a significant manner, to the development, advancement, and promotion of aerospace in the Battle Born State of Nevada, or elsewhere. NVAHOF also honors individuals who were not native to Nevada, but whose careers enhanced the aerospace climate worldwide as well as in space. The mission of NVAHOF is unique as it especially recognizes and honors the men and women of the Cold War who worked within the CIA, USAF, and civilians, who worked in secrecy at Groom Lake, the Nevada Test Site, the NASA High Range, Tonopah Test Range, Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, the Fallon Air Station, Stead AFB, and related sites in the state of Nevada.
The goal is to foster, promote, and encourage a better sense of appreciation by the public of those persons’ contributions and the role of aerospace, and to perpetuate the memory of those honored by means of public displays and announcements. Except in cases involving national security concerns, archival materials collected in the course of researching the above mentioned individuals, will be filed for future historical reference. Exceptional and responsible consideration will be given to selection of nominees without compromising the secrecy of their deeds and accomplishments.
The primary educational objectives of the NVAHOF focus on honoring the past while promoting the future of aviation. NVAHOF provides a state-wide Speakers Bureau for outreach within the community. They have also created an accessible archive of Nevada aviation history on the organizations website. An on-line virtual museum and artifact archive/storage satisfies the final educational objective, while the NVAHOF searches for a permanent home for its collection. The uniqueness and diversity of Nevada’s aviation projects make it the most important state in the nation in regards to cutting-edge aerospace technology and development.