The Garden State has a deep-rooted history of looking to the skies for more than just the next rainstorm. Aviation has a rich history in New Jersey, as prolific leaders such as Charles Lindburg and Patrick Riley called New Jersey home.
These men were also instrumental in creating the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, and next year, 2022, will mark the museum’s 50th anniversary.
A Brief History of the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey
Fifty years ago, a gentleman named Patrick Riley founded the museum and later penned the book From the Balloon to the Moon: New Jersey's Amazing Aviation History. Riley and many of his associates were also directly involved in flying in some way. When they began to think about or research some of New Jersey's rich history, it occurred to them that there should be some form of a museum to honor the remarkable achievements of those who either lived or worked in the state. That is how the museum was born.
The museum has always been on airport property in Teterboro. The airport itself is noteworthy in aviation history in New Jersey because it was built in 1910 and is still operational today. Therefore, it made sense for the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey to build its legacy on this property.
Throughout the first four years, the museum was in one of the historic towers on the other side of the industrial avenue. Then, in 1976, they moved to their current location.
In 1976 the original building was constructed. While there have been additions since then, the museum has been at its current location for 46 years.
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