Ag Aviation Academy Items, Photos & Stories Sought For Museum Collection

Staff Reports

Editor’s Note: In September 2015, we ran a Letter to the Editor from Peter Youngblood, who had lived in Carson Valley for a brief period of time in the 1960s. He was a student, and later an instructor at the Agricultural Aviation Academy. The following article is in follow-up to the response to that letter.

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Following a September Letter To The Editor published in the Carson Valley Times, a group of former instructors and students of the Agricultural Aviation Academy, along with some local aviation enthusiasts,  has come together in conjunction with the Douglas County Historical Society to begin a collection for potential display at the Carson Valley Museum.

The Agricultural Aviation Academy operated at the Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden in the 1960s.

“The AAA is well-remembered by many of the long-time locals,” said Gail Allen, collections manager for the Douglas County Historical Society. “But, we had no information in our collection database about the Ag Aviation Academy.

“It is our hope that through objects, archives, photographs and oral histories, we will be able to record some of the history of the AAA and those involved in its history here in Carson Valley.

Among the items offered thus far are an Ag Aviation Academy uniform jacket, photos, wings, study books, and items engraved with the school name.


Some of the former students are planning a reunion of sorts this summer to swap stories about that time period.


“The Douglas County Historical Society is entirely dependent upon people bringing items of local history to us and we are always excited to be offered items related to an area of history in the Carson Valley not currently represented in our collection,” Allen said.

Any further items pertaining to the Agricultural Aviation Academy, or any element of Carson Valley history, are welcomed by the historical society. Call 775-782-2555 or e-mail for more information. Peter Youngblood’s initial letter can be read here.


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