5th Annual North American Aviation Archeaology Summit Event Report

Lance Barber, From Brian Richardson:
The 2013 Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association (AAHA) Symposium will be held in Denver, Colorado at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on the weekend of April 20/21, 2013. As security is always an issue at Nellis for our non-US colleagues, we elected to return to Denver for this year’s event. Please reply to this thread if you will definitely attend, might attend, or will not be able to attend.

The main goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for everyone to meet in person and network, and to share the research they have been working on. As always authors are encouraged to bring their books/CDs with extra copies to sell.
We will follow the same format as in years past with presentations lasting between 15 and 60 minutes on both Saturday and Sunday. Craig Fuller has once again agreed to coordinate the presentation schedule. If you would like to give a presentation please contact him at aair@AviationArchaeology.com or by phone at (480) 236-9107. Presentations can be about a project you are working on, a site you have found, or a site you are currently researching but have not yet found. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are preferred, but we can accommodate other formats such as video or slides.

The Friday before our Nellis conference is generally reserved for field trips to local crash sites. We are considering a number of possible sites along the Front Range for a field excursion on Friday (4/19). However, springtime in the Rockies usually means unpredictable weather and snow in the high country where the best sites are situated. We’ll continue to evaluate several options and post here shortly after the New Year.

This year’s symposium happens to fall on the 95th anniversary of the demise of the Red Baron, Manfred von Richtofen (4/21/1918), the highest scoring ace of World War 1. To commemorate
this event we have arranged to hold a social gathering at the Vintage Aero Flying Museum http://vafm.org/ in Hudson, Colorado on Saturday evening. This is arguably the finest collection of WWI aeronautica housed under one roof, representing the air forces of all belligerent nations during that conflict. Our host for the evening will be curator and world renowned aviation historian Andy Parks. Introducing some pretty sound forensic evidence he will present a truly unique perspective as to just who actually fired the shot which mortally wounded von Richtofen.


Admission for the 2013 symposium will be $75.00 per person, which covers the cost of the meeting room, audio visual equipment, lunchtime sandwich buffet on Saturday and Sunday, morning and afternoon refreshments, Saturday evening social event, and admission to Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

Payment can be made by either check, money order or electronically through Pay Pal™. For check or money order please make these payable to:

North American Institute of Aviation Archaeology (or NAIAA)
727 Rodgers Circle
Platteville, CO 80651

Those wishing to use the electronic option should send an email to aviator_b@msn.com stating they wish to use Pay Pal™ and the number of members in their party who will attend. An invoice will then be forwarded and all you need do is fill in the blanks and submit. PayPal is the only way we can accept credit cards.

Colorado Aviation Historical Society

located at 7711 East Academy Blvd. Denver, CO
mail to: PO BOX 201615 Denver, CO 80220

Office: 303-341-7711