Tennessee's Aviation Hall of Fame is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) public charitable foundation established to recognize, honor and enshrine individuals whose leadership in or for aviation, whether by exceptional service or extraordinary achievement, has made an enduring contribution to aviation for Tennessee, our nation or the world. This organization, its projects and educational programs rely solely upon the financial support of individuals, corporations, foundations, grants and bequests. The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame was designated as the Official State Aviation Hall of Fame by the General Assembly in 2001 and in 2003 as Tennessee's Repository & Archive for Aviation History.
The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Directors selected its first class of Inductees early in 2002 and the Inaugural Induction Ceremony was held on September 14, 2002. Annual ceremonies held thereafter are usually scheduled in early November.