New partnership set to boost aviation awareness in Ohio

Posted: March 1, 2021

The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies and The Ohio State University Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus (Ohio State aviation) are pleased to announce a partnership with Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame. The collaboration is aimed at advancing awareness of aviation history and sciences throughout Ohio.

Image of a rendering of an interior view of the future OAS facility
A rendering of an interior view of the future OAS facility

The newly established non-profit Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame and Museum (OAS) has a mission of preserving and promoting the accomplishments of the state’s outstanding pioneers of flight, leveraging their legacies both as a point of pride and to foster future innovation across the state and the nation. It will do so through educating the public within and from its home in the soon-to-be-renovated original Port Columbus Air Terminal located at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

“Ohio has been in the center of aviation history from the very beginning, and it’s long-overdue to establish the Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame,” said Center for Aviation Studies Assistant Director Brian Strzempkowski.

The Ohio State University has a long history of involvement in aviation that stretches back over 100 years. In that time, it has been the objective of Ohio State aviation to provide premier facilities and programs to advance aviation within the State of Ohio and beyond.

With their close proximity in Columbus, Ohio, the two entities will collaborate to promote STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math – activities related to aviation. The AvSTEAM programming will aim to bring awareness about aviation to K-12 students and the community at large.

“With Ohio State Aviation celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2017, it only makes sense that we work together to preserve history, and promote the new age of aviation in front of us,” Strzempkowski commented. “The location of the Hall of Fame encapsulates this by saving a historic landmark, and in turn allowing children to explore the science of aviation and encouraging them to pursue education and careers in the industry.”

Discussions are underway for future programming.