Naval Aviation Museum Foundation

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The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is the non-profit educational and fundraising arm of the National Naval Aviation Museum. It was founded in 1966 and has raised over $65 million for the Museum. The Foundation has over 9,000 dues-paying members and supports itself through revenue-generating operations at the Museum, including the IMAX Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre and the Flight Deck Store. Over 450 volunteers donate their time to the Museum by hosting tours, providing security, participating in restoration, and helping at special events.

The Foundation's offices are located within the Museum on the second floor.

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The Foundation produces a semi-annual magazine, Foundation, and a quarterly newsletter, Fly-By, which are sent to all Foundation members.

Each May, the Foundation hosts the Naval Aviation Symposium, which includes presentations, panel discussions and a golf tournament. It was first held in 1987 and attracts nearly 3,000 guests annually. Past speakers have included President George H. W. Bush, Governor Jeb Bush, Senators John Warner, Jake Garn, Connie Mack and John McCain, Secretaries of the Navy Lehman, Webb, Garrett, Danzig and Winter, and many other dignitaries.

The Foundation also maintains the Hall of Honor and Charter in Memoriam displays in the Naval Aviation Museum, as well as the National Flight Log.


  • President and Chief Executive Officer: Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing, USN (Ret.)
  • Chief Operating Officer: Captain Earle Rogers, USN (Ret.)
  • Chief Financial Officer: Captain Morris Hayes, USN (Ret.)
  • Director of Accounting: Sally Rother
  • Executive Assistant/Director of Personnel: Michele Sweigart
  • Executive Director of Development: Aaron West
  • Director of Annual Giving, Leadership Giving & Membership: Elise Brodeur
  • Director of Planned Giving & Special Gifts: Captain Ed Ellis, USN (Ret.)
  • Development Assistants: Stephanie Johnson and Sylvia Bradley
  • Fly-By Editor and National Flight Log Manager: Leslie Geiger
  • Director of Marketing: Shelley Ragsdale
  • Marketing Assistant: Amy Lang
  • Director of Special Projects: Captain Tony McFarlane, USN (Ret.)
  • Director of Education: Captain JJ Coonan, USN (Ret.)
  • Flight Adventure Deck Coordinator: Sam Shilling
  • Foundation Managing Editor: Christina Sherry
  • Media Specialist: Matt Vickers
  • IMAX® Theatre: Fred Geiger
  • Flight Deck Museum Store: Pat Hickman
  • Top Gun Air Combat Simulators: Natasha Moreau
  • Cubi Bar Cafe: Pam Hallford
  • Museum Reservations: Diane Bell and Lenore Taylor

Foundation Board[edit]


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