TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a non-profit foundation
dedicated to promoting responsible aviation archaeology and historic preservation.
TIGHAR’s activities include:
- Compiling and verifying reports of rare and historic aircraft
surviving in remote areas.
- Conducting investigations and recovery expeditions in co-operation
with museums and collections worldwide.
- Serving as a voice for integrity, responsibility, and professionalism
in the field of aviation historic preservation.
TIGHAR maintains no collection of its own, nor does it engage
in the restoration or buying and selling of artifacts. The foundation devotes
its resources to the saving of endangered historic aircraft wherever they
may be found, and to the education of the international public in the need
to preserve the relics of the history of flight.
William Carter, Boise, Idaho
Richard B. Gifford, Aurora, Colorado
Richard E. Gillespie, Oxford, Pennsylvania
Dawn Johnson, Santa Cruz, California
Thomas F. King, Ph.D., Silver Spring, Maryland
Russell E. Matthews, Redondo Beach, California
Andrew M. McKenna, Boulder, Colorado
Lee Paynter, Atglen, Pennsylvania
William E. Rodgers, Boulder, Colorado
Patricia R. Thrasher, Oxford, Pennsylvania
Click HERE to view TIGHAR’s most recent Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.
||B.A. History, 1969, State University of New York, Oswego
||1970–1973, United States Army officer, 1st Cavalry Div.
||Commercial Certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings
||Aviation accident investigator and risk manager for the aviation insurance
||Founded The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.
|January 1985 to present:
||Executive Director of TIGHAR. Research management, fundraising, media
relations, and principal author of the foundation’s newsletter/journal TIGHAR