Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame

2021 Inductee

Steve Nesse, EAA 37037, VAA 6490

Steve NesseSteve Nesse has been actively involved with EAA since 1967 and with VAA since 1971. Steve received his private pilot certificate in 1967. In 1975, he purchased a 1946 Navion from his father. After joining EAA in 1967 at Rockford, Steve has attended consecutive EAA conventions and has been active in VAA since its inception.

A charter member of VAA Chapter 13, Steve has served as vice president and president of that chapter. Steve was elected to the VAA board as an adviser in 1987 and then as a director in 1989. He filled in as secretary until he was formally elected to the role in 1991, where he served uninterrupted until 2020. He remains an active member of the board and a dedicated volunteer.

In the early 1990s, Steve was instrumental in supporting the creation of a new judging category for vintage aircraft at the annual fly-in in Oshkosh, at that time incorporating aircraft produced between 1956 and 1960. That category, now known as contemporary, has since been expanded to include aircraft manufactured as late as the end of 1970. Steve has also chaired the Tall Pines Café since 2002. Prior to that, he chaired the workshop tents that provided meeting places for type clubs, and he facilitated hands-on instruction in metal and fabric work and other valuable restoration techniques.

Previous Inductees

2020
Steve Dyer
2017
Jim Moss
2015
Dale "Gus" Gustafson
2014
Timothy Talen
2005
Richard Knutson
Charlie Nelson
2004
Espie "Butch" Joyce
2003
Al Kelch
Nick Rezich
2002
John M. Miller
2001
Ted Koston
Roy Wicker
2000
Jack Cox
1999
Gene Chase
Tom Flock
Edward C. Wegner
1998
None
1997
Harold Armstrong
Ann Pellegreno
Paul Poberezny
Jim Younkin
1996
None
1995
Joe Juptner
Cole Palen
Kelly Viets
1994
None
1993
E.E. "Buck" Hilbert
George York
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