Congressman Turner released the following letter calling for a Blue Ribbon Panel to be formed to guarantee the long-term viability of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Congressman Turner has called on Phil Parker, President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition and Brady Kress, President and CEO of Dayton History.
“As part of my investigation of the NAHF, I have asked our community leaders to form a Blue Ribbon Panel,” said Congressman Turner. “I have called on these organizations to form an independent Blue Ribbon Panel to review NAHF’s current financial situation and provide recommendations on how we can create a sustainable plan for the NAHF’s future.”
Phil Parker, President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce:
“I am pleased to help form a panel that will find a sustainable plan for NAHF’s long-term viability. We all believe the NAHF is an important organization and together this Blue Ribbon Panel will help ensure its success for the future.”
Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition:
“The NAHF is a pillar in our community and continues to represent the best of aviation. I look forward to working with the Blue Ribbon Panel to form a viable plan for the bright future of this organization and for those who work so hard to keep the history alive for generations to come.”
Brady Kress, President and CEO of Dayton History:
“Our community prides itself on its place in aviation history. It’s my hope this panel will be able to provide the necessary resources to keep this national fixture operating well into the future. I look forward to working with the panel in the coming weeks.”
Previously, Congressman Turner sent a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame stating he will investigate the Congressionally Chartered organization after receiving troubling information concerning their finances.
Congressman Turner then announced that he had received support from two National Aviation Hall of Fame Trustees Katie McCallum and Donald I. VanDerKarr after announcing his plans to investigate the NAHF.
Congressman Turner sent a letter to Chairman of the Board of Trustees Bill Harris alerting him that the NAHF must cease and desist all deliberations, efforts or activities that relate to selling or disposing of artifacts in the NAHF’s possession.
Congressman Turner is exercising his oversight authority to investigate these allegations concerning the Congressionally Chartered organization.