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Wings of Gold Society


Your Legacy, Our Future

The Wings of Gold Society was established by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation to acknowledge and thank our many friends who have remembered and supported the Foundation with their future charitable giving and estate planning. We invite you to become a member of the Wings of Gold Society by including the Foundation in your charitable plans.


About Bequests

One of the primary ways that many people support the work of the National Naval Aviation Museum is by naming the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary in their will. There are a variety of ways this can be done.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Wings of Gold members age 70½ or older can donate to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation through their IRA account, allowing them to meet their required minimum distribution while being excluded from their taxable income.

Society Members

Each new member receives special recognition in the quarterly issues of Fly•By, the Foundation’s newsletter, as well as an elegantly framed certificate of membership.

Donor Testimonials

Wings of Gold Society members include men and women who have devoted their lives to the Service and Naval Aviation, including:

  • A Navy lieutenant who felt that the Navy and his experiences as an aviator shaped his life, left an entire estate (property and insurance) to the Foundation to help the Museum with conservation and maintenance of the Museum’s rare collection.
  • The widow of a Naval Aviator who remembered some of the greatest moments of her husband’s life were spent in the Navy and as a member of a flight squadron, willed part of her remaining estate to create a remembrance of her husband and his squadron.
“It’s important for today’s youth to see what they [service members] actually went through and to preserve the past”
– DeWayne Robideaux, retired Senior Chief and Museum volunteer for 16 years

“The Foundation is educating the youth on Naval Aviation history; I support to keep Naval Aviation history going.”
– Dorothy Robideaux, Museum volunteer for 17 years


Contact Us

Are you considering becoming a member of the Wings of Gold Society? Please submit your name and email address below to contact our development team, along with any additional questions you may have about the Wings of Gold program. You may also contact Wings of Gold Society representative Cassie Redmyer directly at credmyer@navalaviationmuseum.org or by phone at 1-800-327-5002.


Ways to Give


A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation that will make a lasting impact.
Benefits of a Bequest

  • Receive an estate tax charitable deduction
  • Reduce the burden of taxes on your family
  • Leave a lasting legacy to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation


How a Bequest Works

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an attorney, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends, or the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation as part of your estate plan, or you can make a bequest using a beneficiary designation form.

Here are some of the ways to leave a bequest to Naval Aviation Museum Foundation:

  • Include a bequest to Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc., in your will or revocable trust
  • Designate the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc., as a full, partial or contingent beneficiary of your retirement account (IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or pension)
  • Name the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc., as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy

A bequest may be made in several ways:

  • Specific bequest – make a gift of a specific dollar amount or a specific asset
  • Percentage bequest – make a gift of a percentage of your estate
  • Residual bequest – make a gift from the balance or residue of your estate
  • Contingent bequest – make a gift if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met



IRA Charitable Rollover

Now that Congress has made the IRA charitable rollover permanent, you can count on this valuable tool to support the preservation and sustainment of the National Naval Aviation Museum. Whether you choose to make an unrestricted gift or designate it to a particular Foundation project or initiative, your contribution will maintain the Naval Aviation Museum experience for years to come.

If you are 70½ or older, gifts made from your IRA (up to $100,000 per year) are not reportable as taxable income. They also qualify for your required minimum distribution, which can lower your income and taxes.

Need to find a certified estate planner? Find one at the National Association of Estate Planners website at http://www.naepc.org.


Wings of Gold Society Members

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation founded the Wings of Gold Society in 1993, to recognize planned gift donors who contributed to the sustainment of the National Naval Aviation Museum. The purpose of this society is to acknowledge and thank those who have remembered the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in their gift or estate plans.

Your commitment to a planned gift will help provide for exciting new exhibits and additional educational programs at the Museum. Members of the Society receive recognition in the Fly•By (the Foundation’s newsletter) and are given a framed certificate of membership. If you prefer to be listed as anonymous in our publications, your wishes will be honored.

The Foundation sincerely appreciates your confidence and support of its continuing efforts to preserve and protect the proud heritage of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation.