History of Our Foundation

UAHF Founders Come Together in 1993

Featured from left to right: Ernie Burmeister, Larry Steenstry, Jim Doty, Ken Everson, Don Toeppen, Elrey B. Jeppesen, Ray Lahr, Bill Arnott, Tom Angelos, Kay McMurray and Buck Hilbert. Also pictured 5th from left is Captain William Traub, Director of Flight Training at the United Airlines Flight Training Center in Denver.

About the Foundation

The United Airlines Historical Foundation (UAHF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the past of United Airlines and its predecessor companies in order to educate and inspire future generations to pursue a career in the aviation field. It dates back to the late 1960s when United Airlines Management agreed to let the late Captain William  S. “Bill” Arnott display his growing collection of memorabilia in the halls of the company’s Flight Training Center (DENTK) in Denver, Colorado.

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The United Airlines Flight Training Center, home of the UAHF historical collection, is located in the Stapleton neighborhood (site of previous international airport) of Denver, Colorado

Independent from United Air Lines, Inc., the United Airlines Historical Foundation is formed by elected officers, directors and an Alliance Coalition of presidents who are either active or retired workers of United Airlines. The UAHF Alliance Coalition of organizations, with membership of more than 13,000 retired workers, are represented by the following organizations – Retiree Association of Flight Attendants-Communication Workers of America (RAFA) ,  Clipped Wings ®, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge #1781 Retirees Association, the Retired United Airlines Employee Association (RUAEA) and the Retired United Pilots Association (RUPA). 

The primary goal of the UAHF is to protect the history of generations of workers at and from United Airlines and to perpetuate this rich legacy. A modest dues amount of $10.00 a year will help the Foundation continue important works to:

  • Encourage corporate responsibility to protect, preserve and maintain United and associated archive collections
  • Keep aviation scholarship programs active
  • Participate in projects of uniform collection and documentation
  • Create and develop new exhibits for local and worldwide events
  • Recruit volunteer participants to the UAHF

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