President Bush was our Patron and an avid supporter of the AAM from 2002 until his death in 2018. He was a war hero, whose reputation in that field and as one of the most admired presidents of the modern era will long be remembered. We are proud to be able to associate his name with the endowment which we are establishing to ensure the long-term survival of a museum in which he took such pride, and which constantly strives to keep alive the memory of the sacrifice of nearly 30,000 U.S. fliers based in the United Kingdom in WWII. We aim to remain a unique memorial and reminder to the next generations far into the future. 

The American Air Museum in Britain’s long-term vision is that of a museum of global repute and for the continuation and expansion of its work in education, display and dissemination of information. George H. W. Bush was a Naval Aviator himself during World War II, the Museum’s mission to honor the service and sacrifice of American airmen deeply resonated with President Bush. Like so many members of the Greatest Generation, he was motivated to fight for freedom by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Six months later, on his 18th birthday, George H. W. Bush enlisted and became the Navy’s youngest pilot to date, following training for aircraft operations. 

The President George H.W. Bush Endowment Fund at the American Air Museum in Britain is intended as the vehicle to attract new funding now and for many years, which will ensure our mission is fulfilled. The Fund is a dedicated and permanent source of funding that will serve as a secure financial foundation for the Museum’s many activities, not least preserving the large objects at the Museum and broadening knowledge of the sacrifice of those who built, repaired, flew and died in them. 

For more information please contact Lisa Baranello, Major Gift Officer, at or call (703) 955-1555.