“To Honour The Past And Inspire The Future”
Welcome to the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame, an exciting new initiative of the civil aviation industry in Australia.
This web site marks the beginning in recognising individuals and organisations on a national basis who have made outstanding contributions to the development of aviation both within Australia and internationally.
Australia has a proud history in the development of flight and air services. Indeed, Australia led the way in aviation as a means to counter the vast distances and remoteness of much of the country.
Our aim is to not only recognise the outstanding contributions of the past, but to also inspire our future generations to achieve excellence in all they do and further develop aviation for all.
In the coming months and years this web site will develop into a state of the art, virtual Australian Aviation Hall of Fame. In a short time it is also planned to develop a physical museum in Wagga Wagga New South Wales which will proudly display materials honouring the Hall of Fame inductees and their contributions.
Our Logo and Inaugural Inductee
Our Logo is based on the work of Australia’s first pioneer of flight, Lawrence Hargrave. It proudly characterises the famous box kites developed by Hargrave and which lifted him into the air on 12 November 1894.
The inclusion of the Southern Cross represents Australia and the colours, blue, black and white represent Wagga Wagga.
Lawrence Hargrave was truly a remarkable man, an inventor and astronomer who adopted a generous role in life. He did not take out patents and readily provided his work to anyone with an interest in flight. He communicated with Frenchman Alberto Santos – Dumont (the first European to fly a heavier than air machine and based on Hargrave’s box kites in 1906), the Wright Brothers and others and while not recognised for his contribution to the development of flight by the Wright Brothers, there is little doubt his ground-breaking work influenced their success.
This web site and AAHOF is dedicated to Lawrence Hargrave, as inaugural inductee and those who have followed.