• AAHOF president Steve Padgett. (Steve Hitchen)
    AAHOF president Steve Padgett. (Steve Hitchen)

The Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) permanent display is set to open for the first time in June.

AAHOF has secured space upstairs in the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) building at Shellharbour Airport, which has hosted the induction dinners since 2017.

The display will be formally opened on 18 June.

The permanent display will include information boards about the inductees and will also function as a despository for artifacts about the history of aviation in Australia.

AAHOF began as an idea in 2008 and was originally centred around Wagga Wagga, NSW, where attempts were made to establish a permanent display.

Although the display will open in June, AAHOF will not hold its 2022 induction dinner on site until 22 October, when four new aviators will be honoured: Sir Richard Williams, Deborah Lawrie, Basil South Brown and John Weymouth.

The Southern Cross Award for an organisation that has made a significant contribution to aviation will be awarded jointly to the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) and the Aerial Application Association of Australia (AAAA), recognising both for the efforts in the 2019-20 bushfires.

More information on AAHOF is on the AAHOF website.

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