From the beginning man has looked toward the stars and aspired to fly. This passage from earth to sky is one of his most noble achievements. From the mythical Daedalus to Neil Armstrong who first walked on the Moon, a chosen few of each generation have been inspired to expand man’s knowledge and capacity in the realm of flight in air and space. The chronicle of their progress has given society a rich and vital heritage which must be preserved for future generations. The International Air & Space Hall of Fame is dedicated to assuring that the youth of today, and of the future, have an opportunity to become familiar with the accomplishments of these pioneers, inspiring these same youth to pursue careers in the Air & Space sciences.
The members of the International Air & Space Hall of Fame are recognized for their outstanding contributions to aviation and space innovations. In some cases, these contributions were achieved during wartime, under despotic regimes, and at times infringed upon human rights.