German American Aviation Heritage Foundation | About Us
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Our Mission

The German American Aviation Heritage Foundation’s (GAAHF) mission is to honor and celebrate the important friendship between Germany and the United States, to commemorate our joint legacy in historic aviation and aerospace achievements, and to inspire all generations about the fascination and dynamic accomplishments of our past while sharing the many future possibilities in aviation and aerospace industries. GAAHF is a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization that endeavors to embrace and foster our strong German and American roots in a meaningful way while embracing our aviation heritage and enlightening the future aviators, engineers and travelers of tomorrow.

Chairman’s Message

Dear Friends and Partners in Aviation: Bernhard_Conrad I am pleased to welcome you to the German American Aviation Heritage Foundation (GAAHF).  2015 is a very special year for Lufthansa, U.S. and German relations and the future of our aviation industry. We are celebrating 60 years anniversary and we are reminded of the strong partner that the United States has been to us and to Germany. And we are committed to fostering this friendship and growing this important partnership. To celebrate the U.S. and German legacy in aerospace engineering, we have established this foundation as a home to grow our strong roots, greet our friends and partners in aviation and to grasp the exciting future of our industry.  Our mission will highlight the joint achievements in our aviation history while inspiring our future aviators and travelers to explore and embrace the journey of innovation and fascination of flight. The Foundation will actively promote STEM+Arts(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and opportunities in the aviation and aerospace sectors. While looking towards our future, we also celebrate our past through our commitment in preservation of civil aviation heritage.  And this is a hands-on approach!  Lufthansa is restoring it’s first long range aircraft a 1957 built Lockheed-1649A Super Star – “Super Conny” – to be fully certified for passenger service.  This is an incredible and intense restoration to bring this historical aircraft – the only one of its kind – back to the skies for an amazing and unique flight experience for its passengers. For over 30 years I have been fascinated by the bright minds, skilled workforce and advanced innovation that the aviation and aerospace community has brought to society.  This great story continues and I am so honored to be a part of the next chapter in our U.S. and German aviation heritage. We share our honorable history and we share our fascinating future in aviation, and the mission of of preserving our important heritage in U.S. and Germany aviation.   We hope that you as aviation enthusiasts will accompany us on this meaningful journey in “Preserving Traditions and Rediscovering the Fascination of Passenger Flight.” Respectfully, Bernhard Conrad Chairman, GAAHF

Our History

U.S. and Germany have shared a strong and storied history in aviation.  From the great pioneers of the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Hugo Junkers, Kelley Johnson and Karl Jatho, these great aviators forged the first milestones in the miracle of flight.  Legendary entrepreneurs such as Howard Hughes contributed to our great legacy as we entered into the modern jet era, embracing the elegance and engineering in travel through aircraft that transformed the age of passenger flight, namely the Lockheed Constellation.  As designers, entrepreneurs, aviators and engineers, U.S. and Germany forged a heroic and exciting journey from these first brave and brilliant innovators. As iconic brands in aviation were launched across the transatlantic, so too were the roots of collaboration and friendship between U.S. and Germany.  For decades, aerospace leaders from Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, Airbus and Lufthansa have worked closely to advance modern aviation, turning ideas into engineering milestones, bringing the fascination of flight to millions around the world. Our heritage in aviation in an honored history.  And this story and friendship between the U.S. and Germany continues today.  We are proud of our roots and look forward to branching out towards new horizons as we “take off” into our aviation’s future.

Our Leadership

We are excited to establish a strong affiliation with distinguished individuals from a diverse background as “Faces of the Foundation” to help us advance and support the important mission and future development of the foundation’s education initiatives.

Board of Directors


Bernhard Conrad

Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO
August Wilhelm Henningsen
Member of the Board of Directors

Arthur Molins

Member of the Board of Directors & Secretary

Natalie Hartman

Education and Initiatives

Juergen Siebenrock


Tamur Goudarzi-Pour

Member of the Board
Advisory Council

Evan Koppel

United Airlines

Richard Aboulafia

Teal Group Corporation

Karen Walker

Air Transport World, Penton Aviation

Steve Lott

The Boeing Company

Doug Birkey

Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies; Air Force Association

Paul Feldman

General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Ken Perich

National Aviation Heritage Invitational LLC ISTAT Foundation

Alyssa Henley Siddiqui

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Brett Levanto

Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Dr. Evelyn Crellin

European Aviation Aeronautics Department, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum

Joseph T.N. Suarez

Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Stephan Zass

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Jodie Moxley

International Aviation Club

Peter Weichlein

U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

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