REVISED: 2/12/08

Aviation Awards & Honoraria

Conceived by Dr Raymond L Puffer

(John R) Alison Award = Administered by Air Force Association (AFA).

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    2001 - George David, United Technologies


Arnold Trophy = Presented to aerospace's "Man of the Year" for most outstanding contributions to aerospace activity. Memorializes Gen Henry H "Hap" Arnold. Established 1948.

    1948 - W Stuart Symington
    1949 - MajGenl William H Tunner & Berlin Airlift crews
    1950 - UN Airmen of the Far East
    1951 - LtGenl Curtis E LeMay and SAC personnel
    1952 - Senators Lyndon B Johnson & Joseph C O'Mahoney
    1953 - Genl Hoyt S Vandenberg, USAF
    1954 - John Foster Dulles
    1955 - Genl Nathan F Twining, USAF
    1956 - W Stuart Symington
    1957 - Edward P. Curtis
    1958 - MajGenl Bernard A Schriever, USAF
    1959 - Genl Thomas S Power, USAF
    1960 - Genl Thomas D White, USAF
    1961 - Lyle S Garlock
    1962 - Dr. A C Dickieson & John R Pierce, Bell Labs
    1963 - 363 Tactical Recon Wing TAC & 4080 Strategic Wing SAC
    1964 - Genl Curtis E LeMay, USAF
    1965 - Second Air Division, Pacific Air Forces
    1966 - 8, 12, 355, 366, 388 Fighter Wings & 432, 460 Recon Wings
    1967 - Genl William W Momyer, USAF
    1968 - Apollo 8 crew
    1969 - none awarded
    1970 - Apollo 11 team
    1971 - Dr John S Foster Jr
    1972 - Air Units of the Allied Forces in SE Asia
    1973 - Genl John D Ryan, USAF
    1974 - Genl George S Brown, USAF
    1975 - James R Schlesinger
    1976 - Senator Barry M Goldwater
    1977 - Senator Howard W Cannon
    1978 - Genl Alexander M Haig Jr, USA
    1979 - Senator John C Stennis
    1980 - Genl Richard H Ellis, USAF
    1981 - Genl David C Jones, USA
    1982 - Genl Lew Allen, Jr
    1983 - President Ronald W Reagan
    1984 - The Scowcroft Commission
    1985 - Genl Bernard W. Rogers, USA
    1986 - Genl Charles A. Gabriel, USAF
    1987 - Adm William J Crowe Jr, USN
    1988 - GLCM Team
    1989 - Genl Larry D Welch, USAF
    1990 - Genl John T Chain Jr, USAF
    1991 - LtGenl Charles A Horner, USAF
    1992 - Genl Colin L Powell, USA
    1993 - Genl Merrill A McPeak, USAF
    1994 - Genl John M Loh, USAF
    1995 - World War II Veterans
    1996 - Genl Ronald R Fogleman, USAF
    1997 - Men and Women of the USAF
    1998 - General Richard E Hawley
    1999 - LtGenl Michael C Short, USAF
    2000 - Genl Michael E Ryan, USAF
    2001 - Genl Joseph W Ralston, USA
    2002 - Genl Richard B Myers, USAF
    2003 - LtGenl T Michael Moseley, USAF
    2004 - no data
    2005 -


Aviator's Valor Award = Presented annually by American Legion Post #473, New York, to recognize a conspicuous act of valor or courage performed during aerial flight, in or out of combat, by a rated officer of the USAF.
Bane Award = Administered by Institute of Aeronautical Sciences to memorialize Thurman H Bane, given to an officer or civilian of the Air Research & Development Command of the USAF for an outstanding achievement in aeronautical development during the year. 1943-1956.

    1943 - LtCol Hollingsworth F Gregory
    1944 - Col Donald J Keirn
    1945 - Capt Myron Tribus
    1946 - Col Leighton I Davis
    1947 - Adolph L Berger
    1948 - Col James M Gillespie
    1949 - Capt Harold W Robbins
    1950 - Col George W Goddard
    1951 - J B Johnson
    1952 - Maj Patrick L Kelly, Henry Seeler
    1953 - Benjamin F Greene Jr
    1954 - Helmut G Heinrich
    1955 - Gottfried Guderley


Barnes Award = USAF Test Pilot School award presented to the most outstanding flight instructor of each graduating class. In memory of David B Barnes, a contractor test pilot for Northrop.
(Grover E) Bell Award = Established in the will of Lawrence D Bell in memory of his aviation pioneer brother, administered jointly by Institute of Aerospace Sciences, American Helicopter Society, and Helicopter Council of the Aircraft Industries Association. Awarded for the purpose of fostering and encouraging helicopter research and development in the US and given to the person(s) making an outstanding contribution in that field during the year.

    1957 - Kurt J Hohenhauser
    1958 - Engineers of Vertol Aircraft Corp
    1959 - Igor I Sikorsky
    1960 - Combat Development Office, US Army Aviation School
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Bendix Trophy = Award for the winner of the Bendix Air Race held annually 1931-62 (except for World War II and 1951-52). Transcontinental race—usually Los Angeles (or Edwards AFB) to New York. Sponsored by Vincent Bendix of the Bendix Corp. 1946-1949: races divided into propeller-driven airplane division and an all-jet division. Last propeller Bendix race was in 1949; jet races ended in 1962 (B-58 was the winner). Trophy donated to Smithsonian in 1985.
Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety = Award issued by the Allied Corporation (now AlliedSignal), which bought Bendix Corp in 1983. Recognizes contributions to aerospace safety.
Bond Memorial Aviator Award = Presented annually by the USAF Materiel Command to the test pilot who "exemplifies himself or herself as the best test pilot in the command." Memorializes LtGen Robert "Bobby" Bond.
Brewer Trophy = Administered by NAA honoring Frank G Brewer, awarded for geratest achievement in the field of Air Youth Education and Training by individuals or an organization.

    1943 - Civil Aeronautics Administration
    1944 - Edgar Fuller
    1945 - H W Hurt
    1946 - Frank E Sorenson, Univ of Nebraska
    1947 - Nickolaus L Englehardt Jr
    1948 - Philip S Hopkins, Link Aviation Co
    1949 - Elsie W Adams
    1950 - Lt John H Burton, USN
    1951 - Harold E Mehrens, CAA
    1952 - Civil Air Patrol
    1953 - Leslie A Bryan, Univ of Illinois
    1954 - John H Furbay, TWA
    1955 - Willis C Brown
    1956 - Ray C Mertes
    1957 - Edwin A Link, Link Aviation Co
    1958 - Evan Evans, NAEC
    1959 - Paul E Garber, NASM
    1960 - George N Gardner, PAA
    1961 - James V Bernardo
    1962 - Dr Merlyn McLaughlin
    1963 - Marilyn Link
    1964 - Gill Robb Wilson
    1965 - Jane N Marshall
    1966 - Dr Mervin K Strickler Jr
    1967 - Dr Roland H Spaulding
    1968 - Joseph T Geuting Jr
    1969 - James H Straubel
    1970 - Dr Walter Zaharevitz
    1971 - Harold S Wood, Parks College
    1972 - Dr Wayne O Reed
    1973 - Dr Frederick B Tuttle
    1974 - Dr Wayne R Matson
    1975 - Dr Leslie Thomason
    1976 - Dr J Wesley Crum
    1977 - Don H Clausen
    1978 - Michael Collins, NASM
    1979 - Paul Poberezny, EAA
    1980 - Dr Jerome P Keuper, Florida Tech
    1981 - Edward B Stimpson
    1982 - John V Sorenson
    1983 - Senator Barry M Goldwater
    1984 - Mary Jo Knouff
    1985 - Charles A Anderson
    1986 - Dr Paul A Whelan
    1987 - Dr John D Odegard
    1988 - Dr Curtis M Graves
    1989 - no award
    1990 - Lockhart J Smith Jr
    1991 - Kenneth L Tallman
    1992 - Dr Wallace R Maples
    1993 - Gary W Kiteley
    1994 - Raymond J Johnson
    1995 - Dr Thomas J Connolly
    1996 - Jack K Barker
    1997 - Dr Frank G Mitchell
    1998 - Gordon B Hoff
    1999 - Russell W Watson
    2000 - NASA Spacelink Team
    2001 - The Ninety-Nines
    2002 - Civil Air Patrol
    2003 - Phillip S Woodruff
    2004 - Deborah V Gallaway
    2005 -


Caniff Spirit of Flight Award = National Aviation Hall of Fame annual award to individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements or contributions to aviation. Memorializes renown artist and cartoonist Milton Caniff, creator of the popular Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon strips.

    1981 - USAF Thunderbirds
    1982 - AOPA
    1983 - Double Eagle II
    1984 - Ninety-Nines
    1985 - Canadian Snowbirds
    1986 - NASA Mercury Astronauts
    1987 - Order of Daedalians, Dick Rutan & Jeanna Yeager
    1988 - CAP
    1989 - CAF
    1990 - Tuskegee Airmen & Voyager Mission Team
    1991 - USAF Logistics Command / Systems Command
    1992 - Agricultural Aviation Industry
    1993 - Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
    1994 - National Guard Bureau
    1995 - Air crews of WW2
    1996 - WASPs
    1997 - AFA
    1998 - EAA
    1999 - AVG / Flying Tigers
    2000 - Natl Assn of State Aviation Officials


(James B) Cannell Award = Presented annually by the Air Force Historical Foundation to author of the best research study produced by a command-sponsored research fellow. The report selected is published as a book.
Chanute Flight Test Award = Presented annually by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics for "notable contribution by a pilot to the aerospace sciences." Memorializes aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Established in 1939.

    1939 - Edmund T Allen, Boeing Co
    1940 - Howard Hughes
    1941 - Melvin N Gough, NACA
    1942 - Albert L MacClain, Pratt & Whitney Corp
    1943 - William H MacAvoy, NACA
    1944 - Col Benjamin S Kelsey, USAAF
    1945 - A Elliott Merrill & Robert T Lamson, Boeing Co
    1946 - Ernest A Cutrell, ATC
    1947 - Lawrence A Clousing, NACA
    1948 - Herbert H Hoover, NACA
    1949 - Capt Frederick M Trapnell, USN
    1950 - Cmdr Donald B MacDiarmid, USCG
    1951 - LtCol Marion E Carl, USMC
    1952 - John C Seal, Cornell Aero Lab
    1953 - William T Bridgeman, Douglas Co
    1954 - George E Cooper. NACA
    1955 - MGenl Albert Boyd
    1956 - A M Johnson, Boeing Co
    1957 - LtCol Frank K Everest Jr, USAF
    1958 - A Scott Crossfield, North American Corp
    1959 - John P Reeder, NASA
    1960 - Joseph J Tymczyszyn
    1961 - Joseph A Walker, NASA
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Cheney Medal = Bronze medal awarded annually to honor acts of valor, extreme fortitude or self-sacrifice in a humanitarian interest performed in connection with aircraft (not necessarily military). Memorializes USAS Lt Bill Cheney, killed in action on 1/20/18; award initiated by his family. Regarded as the "Peacetime Medal of Honor."
Collier Trophy
Daedalian Trophy = USAF award to the major command having the most effective aircraft accident prevention program for the previous calendar year.
De La Vauix Medal = Presented by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale to pilots who establish an official world speed record. Memorializes the pioneer balloonist for his 1900 France-Russia flight.
Doolittle Award = Presented by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) for outstanding technical management or engineering achievement in aerospace technology. Memorializes aviation pioneer James H Doolittle.
Dryden Semper Viper Award = Lockheed-Martin annual award to the civilian test pilot performing the most meritorious flight in an F-16. Named for General Dynamics production test pilot Dryden.
Ekeren Award = USAF Test Pilot School award presented to an outstanding pilot in each class. Memorializes USAF Capt H M Ekeren, who died in the crash of an F-108A on 4/8/59. Initiated in 1959, discontinued after Class 62C.
Elder Statesman of Aviation Award = Presented annually by the National Aeronautic Association to honor "outstanding Americans who, by their efforts over a period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves." Selectees must be at least 60 years old. Estabished 1954. Multiple recipients are too numerous to list, but most recent:

    2005 - John D Anderson Jr, Eugene Deatrick, Elmer Gleske, Alan Gropman, Carl Vogt
Friend of the Society Award = The SETP award recognizing people outside of the field of flight test who provide exceptional support to the society outside. Two recipients per year.
General William E Mitchell Memorial Award = Annual award from Mitchell Air Force Assn (AFA) chapter to a person making the greatest contribution to aviation in any given year.
(Thomas P) Gerrity Award = Administered by the AFA.

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    2001 - Maj Marcus F Novak, RAF


Daniel Guggenheim Medal
Harmon International Trophy = Initially presented annually by the Ligue Internationale des Aviateurs for the most outstanding contribution to flying during the preceeding year. Honored Clifford Burke Harmon, pioneer aviator and balloonist. Principal awards, gleaned from three to five categories, will be revised once an authoritative source is found:

    1926 - LtCol George Pelletier-Dolsy
    1927 - Charles A Lindbergh
    1928 - Col Arturo Ferrarin
    1929 - Maj Dieudonne Costes
    1930 - Maj Dieudonne Costes
    1931 - Air Marshall Italo Bilbo
    1932 - Wolfgang von Gronau
    1933 - Wiley Post
    1934 - Charles W A Scott
    1935 - Capt Edwin Musick, PAA
    1936 - Howard Hughes
    1937 - Henry T "Dick" Merrill
    1938 - Howard Hughes
    1939 - (Alexander de Seversky
    1940-1948 - no awards made
    1949 - LtGenl James H Doolittle, USAF
    1950 - Col David C Schilling, USAF
    1951 - Capt Charles F Blair, USAF
    1952 - Col Bernt Balchen, USAF
    1953 - Maj Charles E Yeager, USAF
    1954 - J F Coleman
    1955 - Grp Capt John Cunningham, RAF
    1956 - LtCol Frank Everest, USAF
    1957 - Genl Curtis E LeMay, USAF
    1958 - Maj Andrè Turcat
    1959 - Capt Joe B Jordan, USAF
    1960 - Capt Joseph A Walker, Maj Robert M White, USAF
    1961 - LtCol William R Payne,
    1962 - Maj Fitzhugh L Fulton Jr
    1963 - Maj L Gordon Cooper
    1964 - Max Conrad
    1965 - Cdr James Lovell Jr, LtCol Frank Borman, Capt Wally Shirra, Maj Thomas P Stafford     1966 - Cdr James Lovell Jr, Maj Edwin E Aldrin, Maj Edward H White II
    1967 - Maj William J Knight
    1968 - Maj Jerrauld R Gentry
    1969 - SqnLdr Thomas Lecky-Thompson, SqnLdr Graham Williams
    1970 - Brian Trubshaw, Maj André Edouard Turcat
    1971 - LtCol Thomas B Estes, LtCol Dewain C Vick
    1972 - LtCol. Edgar L Allison
    1973 - Col Edward Nash
    1974 - no award presented
    1975 - LtCol Herbert M Fix
    1976-78 - no award presented
    1979 - Byran Allen
    1980 - Ltjg John Currier
    1981 - Jerry Foster
    1982 - Dormon Cannon
    1983 - no award presented
    1984 - Senator Barry Goldwater
    1985 - no award presented
    1986 - CWO Jon Iseminger
    1987 - Allen E Paulson
    1988 - Kanellos Kanellopoulos
    1989 - Capt George A Hof Jr, Dr Max E Shauck
    1990-92 - no award presented
    1993 - Vance D Brand
    1994 - no award presented
    1995 - Eileen M Collins
    1996 - no data
    1997 - no data
    1998 - J Stephen Fossett
    1999 - Breitlinger Orbit Team
    2000 - David Hempleman-Adams
    2001 - Richard Abruzzo
    2002 - J Stephen Fossett
    2003 - Richard Abruzzo
    2004 - David Hempleman-Adams
    2005 - Richard Abruzzo, Carol Rymer Davis
    2006 - no award presented
    2007


Henderson Award = Originally presented in the to outstanding pilots at the National Air Races in the 1930s. Clifford Henderson was one of the organizers of NAR and managed the races 1928-39. The National Aviation Club reactivated the award in 1986 and changed the criteria. Numerous multiple recipients each year to 1972.

    1973-1980 - no data
    1981 - Genl Alton D Slay, USAF
    1982 - Anne M Lindbergh & LtGenl James H Doolittle
    1983 - Ernest K Gann
    1986 - A W "Tony" LeVier
    1987 - Walter J Boyne
    1988 - MajGenl Leigh Wade, USAF
    1989 - ViceAdm Donald D Engen, USN
    1990 - Major General Clifton F von Kann
    1991 - John L Baker
    1992 - Genl Russell E Dougherty
    1994 - Ten US Aerospace Companies
    1995 - J Kenneth Higgins
    1997 - Tom Poberezny
    1998 - Cliff Robertson
    1999 - Eugene Deatrick
    2000 - LtCol Spann Watson, USAF
    2001 - USAF Academy
    2002 - Lt.Gen Thomas H Miller, USMC
    2003 - William F Chana & Jerome Lederer
    2004 - Admiral Wesley L McDonald, USN
    2005 - Martha King


Honts Award = USAF Test Pilot School trophy presented to outstanding member of class for academic achievement and flying excellence. Replaced in 1965 by the Liethen-Tittle Award. Memorialized USAF Capt Anderson B Hontz Jr, who died in the crash of a B-57B on 2/8/55. Initiated in 1956.
Hughes Achievement Trophy = Presented annually by corporate sponsor Hughes Aircraft Co to the top USAF squadron with an air defense mission.
Jabara Award for Airmanship = From the Air Force Academy, memorializing Korean War ace Maj James Jabara. Individuals are nominated by each USAF Major Command.
Jones Award = USAF Test Pilot School (TPS) award presented to an engineer or navigator with the best overall record in report writing, flight test management, and academic excellence. Jointly established in 1979 by TPS and the Society of Flight Test Engineers. Replaced the Outstanding Flight Test Engineer Award. Named for Col R L Jones, former TPS instructor and deputy commandant of the school, who was instrumental in formulating the flight test engineer program.
(Kelly) Johnson Award = Presented annually by the International Society of Flight Test Engineers, for outstanding achievement in the field of flight test engineering. Memorializes Lockheed engineer-designer Clarence L "Kelly" Johnson. Established 1973.
Kinchloe Award = Presented by the SETP recognizing outstanding professional accomplishment in the field of flight testing. Memorializes test pilot and world record holder Iven C Kincheloe.
Klemin Award = Honoring Dr Alexander Klemin, given for engineering, design, and invention in the field of rotary-wing aircraft. Administered by American Helicopter Society.

    1951 - Igor I Sikorsky
    1952 - Louis Bréguet
    1953 - Raoul Hafner
    1954 - Michael Gluhareff, Sikorsky Corp
    1955 - Bartram Kelly, Bell Aircraft Corp
    1956 - Charles H Zimmerman, NACA Langley
    1957 - Capt Wayne Eggert, USAF (posthumous)
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Langley Medal = Initiated by Alexander Graham Bell for the purpose of presenting an American award to the Wright brothers, established by the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and presented specifically on notable occasions.

    1909 - Orville & Wilbur Wright
    1913 - Glenn H Curtiss, Gustave Eiffel
    1927 - Charles A Lindbergh
    1929 - Richard E Byrd, Charles M Manly (posthumous)
    1935 - Joseph S Ames
    1955 - Jerome C Hunsaker
    1960 - Robert H Goddard (posthumous)
    1962 - Hugh Latimer Dryden     1964 - Alan B Shepard Jr
    1967 - Wernher von Braun
    1971 - Samuel C Phillips
    1976 - Grover Loening, James E Webb
    1981 - Charles Stark Draper, Robert T Jones
    1983 - Jay Coburn, H Ross Perot Jr
    1987 - Barry Goldwater
    1992 - Benjamin O Davis Jr
    1999 - Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins

LeVier Flight Test Safety Award = Recognizes exceptional individuals or teams who have contributed most significantly to flight test safety during the previous year. Established by Kalman & Co, honoring Lockheed test-pilot Tony LeVier.
Liethen-Tittle Award = USAF Test Pilot School award presented to a pilot in each class who achieved the best overall record for outstanding flying performance and academic excellence. Initiated in 1966; replaced A B Honts Award. Named for Maj Frank Liethen Jr, Class 61C, who lost his life flying with the Thunderbirds in 1966, and Maj David Tittle, Class 55D, who lost his life testing the XC-5 VSTOL aircraft at Edwards AFB in 1966.
Mackay Trophy = Presented by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) for the most meritorious flight of the year by a USAF member, members, or organization. Established by industrialist Clarence H Mackay in 1912.

    1912 - Lt Henry H Arnold
    1913 - 2Lts Joseph E Carberry & Fred Seydel
    1914 - Capt T F Dodd & Lt S W Fitzgerald
    1915 - Lt B Q Jones
    1916-1917 - none presented
    1918 - Capt Edward V Ricknbacker
    1919 - Lt Belvin N Maynard et al
    1920 - Capt St Clair Streett
    1921 - Lt James A Macready
    1922 - Lts James A Macready & C G Kelly
    1923 - Lts James A Macready & C G Kelly
    1924 - Capt Lowell H Smith
    1925 - Lts James H Doolittle & Cyrus K Bettis
    1926 - Maj Herbert A Dargue et al
    1927 - Capts Lester J Maitland & A F Hegenberger
    1928 - Lt Harry A Sutton
    1929 - Capt Albert W Stevens
    1930 - Maj Ralph Royce
    1931 - BGenl Benjamin D Foulois
    1932 - Lt Charles H Howard et al
    1933 - Capt Westside T Larson
    1934 - BGenl Henry H Arnold
    1935 - Maj A W Stevens & Capt O A Anderson
    1936 - Capt Richard E Nugent et al
    1937 - Capt Carl J Crane & George V Holloman
    1938 - LtCol Robert Olds & 2nd Bombardment Group
    1939 - Personnel of mercy flight to Chile
    1940-1946 - none presented
    1947 - Capt Charles E Yeager
    1948 - LtCol Emil Beaudry
    1949 - Capt James G Gallagher
    1950 - 27th Fighter Wing
    1951 - Col Fred J Ascani
    1952 - Majs L H Carrington & F W Shook, Capt W D Yancy
    1953 - SAC 40th Air Division
    1954 - SAC 38th Air Division
    1955 - Col Horace A Hanes
    1956 - Capt Iven C Kincheloe Jr
    1957 - SAC 93rd Bombardment Wing
    1958 - TAC Composite Air Strike Force
    1959 - Thunderbirds demo team
    1960 - 6593rd Test Sqdn, Hickam AFB
    1961 - LtCol W R Payne, Majs W L Polthemus & R R Wagener
    1962 - Maj R G Sowers, Capts R MacDonald & John T Walton
    1963 - C-47 Extol Pink Crew
    1964 - 464th Troop Carrier Wing (TAC)
    1965 - YF-12A/SR-71 Test Force
    1966 - LtCol Albert R Howarth
    1967 - Maj John J Casteel et al
    1968 - LtCol Daryl D Cole
    1969 - 9th Tactical Fighter Wing
    1970 - Capt Alan D Milacek et al
    1971 - LtCol Thomas B Estes & Maj Dewain C Vick
    1972 - Capts R S Ritchie, C B DeBellevue, J S Feinstein
    1973 - MATS Operation Homecoming
    1974 - Majs R J Smith, D W Peterson, W R MacFarlane
    1975 - Maj Robert W Undorf
    1976 - Capt James W Yule
    1977 - C-5 Aircrew Mission AAM 1962-01
    1978 - C-5 Aircrew Mission AM 770021
    1979 - Maj James E McArdle Jr
    1980 - S-21 & S-31 Crews, 644th Bombardment Sqn SAC
    1981 - Capt John J Walters
    1982 - Capt Richard L Cavendish et al
    1983 - KC-135A Crew E-113 of SAC
    1984 - LtCol James L Hobson Jr
    1985 - LtCol David E Faught
    1986 - Capt Marc D Felman et al
    1987 - Detachment 15, AF Plant Rep Office et al
    1988 - Military Airlift Wing C-5 Crew
    1989 - 96th Bombardment Wing B-1B Crew
    1990 - AC-130H Crew, Mission #1J1600GA354
    1991 - MH-53J Pave Low Crew, 20th Special Operations Sqn
    1992 - C-130 Aircrew, 310th Airlift Sqn
    1993 - E-21 Crew, 668th Bomb Sqn, Griffiss AFB
    1994 - USAF Rescue 206 Crew
    1995 - BAT-01 Crew
    1996 - Duke-01 Flight Crew
    1997 - Whick-05 Crew
    1998 - Air Force Rescue 470 Crew
    1999 - Capt Jeffrey G J Hwang
    2000 - E10E1 and E10E2 rescue mission crews
    2001 - KNIFE 04, 20th Special Operations Sqn
    2002 - GRIM 31, 16th Special Operations Sqn
    2003 - VIJAY 10, 7th Airlift Sqn
    2004 - Crews of HH-60G Jolly 11 and Jolly 12, Moody AFB
    2005 - no data


National Air & Space Museum Trophy = Presented annually by the Smithsonian Institution to recognize "extraordinary service in air and space science and technology." Established 1985.
National Air Council Research Award = To one member each of USAF and USN for contributions in the field of aviation research and experiment. 1948-1951.

    1948 - Col James M Gillispie, RAdm Theodore C Lonnquest
    1949 - Capt Vincent Mazza, Capt William V Davis
    1950 - Capt Jmes L Hight, RAdm Calvin M Bolster
    1951 - Maj John P Stapp, Capt Walter S Diehl


(Jack) Northrop Award = For the best technical paper presentation to a SETP Western Symposium. Memorializes aviation pioneer and manufacturer John K Northrop.
Onizuka Propwash Award = The SETP award for student who contributed most to class spirit and morale. Award is voted upon by members of each class.
Outstanding Flight Test Engineer = USAF TPS award presented to best flight test engineering in each class with the best overall record in report writing, flight test management, and academic excellence. Initiated 1973. Replaced in 1979 by the R L Jones Award.
Pioneers of Vertical Flight Award = Presented annually by sponsoring Groen Brothers Aviation to "acknowledge and celebrate the dedication and contributions of those early aviators and designers whose adventuresome spirit led to the successful advancement of vertical flight."
Pulitzer Trophy
Salmon Technical Publications Award = Best Paper published in the SETP quarterly publication, Cockpit. Memorializes Lockheed test pilot Herman R "Fish" Salmon.
(David C) Schilling Award = Presented by the AFA. Originally named the Flight Trophy for distinguished service in the field of flight, renamed in 1957.

    1948 - Herbert H Hoover, NACA test pilot
    1949 - William Odom, civil pilot
    1950 - Capt James Jabara
    1951 - BGenl Albert Boyd
    1952 - Col David C Schilling
    1953 - 3rd Air Rescue Group
    1954 - Capt Charles Yeager
    1955 - Maj Stuart Childs & George Welch (posthumous)
    1956 - LtCol Frank K Everest
    1957 - Col Patrick D Fleming (posthumous)
    1958 - Capt Iven C Kincheloe Jr (posthumous)
    1959 - Tactical Air Command
    1960 - Elwood R Quesada
    1961 - A S Crossfield, J A Walker, Maj Robert M White
    1962 - Maj Robert M White
    1963 - Maj L Gordon Cooper Jr
    1964 - Maj Sidney J Kubesch
    1965 - Col Frank Borman
    1966 - Maj Hallett P Marston
    1967 - Col Robin Olds
    1968 - Capt Albert R Kaiser
    1969 - Maj James M Rhodes Jr
    1970 - Apollo 15 crew
    1971 - 1st Strategic Recon Sqn, SAC
    1972 - 17th Air Division, 8th AF
    1973 - Military Airlift Command
    1975 - Maj George B. Stokes
    1976 - Capt Donald R Backlund & Capt Roland W Purser
    1977 - 4440 Tactical Fighter Grp
    1978 - J H Engle, C G Fullerton, Fred Haise Jr, Richard Truly
    1979 - Maj Dennis R Mangum
    1980 - Capt Rondal G Hahn
    1981 - 347 Tactical Fighter Wing
    1982 - 24 Strategic Recon Sqn
    1983 - Maj Robert S Frank & Maj Frank B Gray
    1984 - LtCol James D Latham
    1983 - Capt Bruce McCandless II
    1986 - "Eldorado Canyon" Task Force
    1987 - The USAF, 40th Anniversary
    1988 - SAC Alert Force
    1989 - 4450 Tactical Group
    1990 - USAF Air Operations "Just Cause"
    1991 - Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm personel
    1992 - Space Shuttle Endeavour Crew
    1993 - Maj Murrell F Stinnette
    1994 - USAF in Europe
    1995 - C-17 USAF/Industrial Team
    1996 - 9th Bomb Sqn
    1997 - Air Mobility Cmd
    1998 - Bat 10 Flight, 437th Airlift Wing
    1999 - 509th Bomb Wing
    2000 - 31 Air Expeditionary Wing
    2001 - LtCol David M Nelson
    2002 - Sydney Gillibrand & Jerry Morgensen
    2003 - The Men and Women of the USAF
    2004 - no data
    2005 -


(Lawrence B) Sperry Award = Administered by Institute of Aerospace Sciences, presented for "a notable contribution made by a young man to the advancement of aeronautics."

    1936 - William C Rockefeller, Cal Tech
    1937 - Clarence L Johnson, Lockheed Co
    1938 - Rossell C Newhouse, Bell Telephone
    1939 - Charles M Kearns Jr, United Aircraft
    1940 - William B Oswald, Douglas Co
    1941 - Earnest G Stout, Consolidated Co
    1942 - Edward C Wells, Boeing Co
    1943 - William B Bergen, Martin Co
    1944 - William H Phillips, NACA
    1945 - Richard Hutton, Grumman Co
    1946 - Peter R Murray, USAF
    1947 - Cmdr Noel A M Gayler, USN
    1948 - Allen E Puckett, JPL/Cal Tech
    1949 - Alexander H Flax, Cornell Univ
    1950 - Frank N Piasecki
    1951 - Robert C Seamans, MIT
    1952 - Dean R Chapman, NACA
    1953 - Donald Coles, Cal Tech
    1954 - A Scott Crossfield, NACA
    1955 - Giles J Stickroth, Martin Co
    1956 - George F Jude, Sperry Gyroscope Co
    1957 - Clarence A Syvertson, NACA
    1958 - Robert G Loewy, Vertol Co
    1959 - James E McCune, Princeton Univ
    1960 - Robert B Howell, Lockheed Co
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Spirit of St Louis Medal = Established by citizens of St Louis in honor of Charles Lindbergh and administered by American Society of Mechanical Engineers, given at various times for meretorious service in the advancement of aeronautics.

    1929 - Daniel Guggenheim
    1932 - P W Lichtfield
    1935 - Will Rogers
    1938 - Maj James H Doolittle
    1940 - John E Younger
    1944 - George W Lewis
    1947 - John K Northrop
    1950 - Reinout P Kroon, Westinghouse Co
    1954 - Arthur E Raymond, Douglas Co
    1955 - Ralph S Damon, TWA
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(Katherine & Marjorie) Stinson Award = Administered by National Aviation Club. Recognizes a living woman for an outstanding and enduring contribution in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences.

    1997 - Dr Shannon Lucide, Astronaut
    1998 - Maj Susan Rose, USAF
    1999 - Audrey Poberezny
    2000 - Jeana Yeage
    2001 - Capt Jodi A Neff, USAF
    2002 - Capt Beverley Bass & Patty Wagstaff
    2003 - Mary S Feik & Ann Wood-Kelly
    2004 - Ann Baumgartner Carl
    2005 - Carol Rymer Davis


Taylor Award = USAF TPS award presented to the outstanding graduate of TPS (Phase I). Memorializes LtCol James M Taylor, who died in the crash of a T-38 on 9/4/70. Initiated in 1970; discontinued after Class 71B when the curriculum was revised to eliminate Phase I and II designations.
Tenhoff Award = The SETP annual award for the presenter of the symposium's best all-around paper. Given in memory of Ray E Tenhoff, founder and first president of the SETP.
(Hoyt S) Vandenberg Award = Administered by the AFA.

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    2001 - Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB


von Karman Award = Presented by the AFA for distinguished service in the field of aerospace science. Memorializes physicist Theodore von Karman.

    1948 - John Stack, NACA
    1949 - R C Sebold, R H Widmer, Ray O Ryan
    1950 - Dr Theodore von Karman
    1951 - Dr George E Valley
    1952 - Dr. Edward Teller
    1953 - Dr Melvin J Kelly
    1954 - LtCol John Paul Stapp
    1955 - Dr John F von Neumann
    1956 - Dr Chalmers W Sherwin
    1957 - Dr Charles S Draper & Dr H. Julian Allen
    1959 - Dr W R Lovelace & BrigGenl D D Flickinger
    1960 - Dr Louis N Ridenour Jr (posthumous)
    1961 - Allen F Donovan
    1962 - Dr Charles H Townes
    1963 - Clarence L Johnson
    1964 - Lockheed Corp
    1965 - Capt Robert M Silva
    1966 - 6555 Aerospace Test Wing
    1967 - Alterio Gallerani
    1968 - LtCol Harry F Rizzo
    1969 - none awarded
    1970 - MajGenl Kenneth Schultz
    1971 - Fred D Orazio
    1972 - LtCol Donald G Carpenter
    1973 - LtCol Roy Robinette Jr
    1974 - USAF Space & Missile Systems
    1975 - USAF/Industry Team
    1976 - NASA/Industry Team
    1977 - John B Walsh
    1978 - BrigGenl Donald L Lamberson
    1979 - Genl Alton D Slay
    1980 - Capt Randal L Richey
    1981 - Dr Hans Mark
    1982 - Aeronautical Systems Div, Wright-Patterson AFB
    1983 - Space Div, USAF Systems Cmd
    1984 - MajGenl Aloysiys B Casey
    1985 - Maj Henry L Pugh Jr
    1986 - LtGenl Thomas H McMullen
    1987 - F-16 Program Team
    1988 - Bernard Louis Koff
    1989 - Dr Robert W Selden
    1990 - B-2 Test Team
    1991 - JSTARS Air Force/Industry Team
    1992 - USAF Ballistic Missile Organization
    1993 - Genl Robert T Marsh
    1994 - B-2 System Program Office
    1995 - MajGenl Kenneth R Israel
    1996 - Gene H McCall
    1997 - LtGenl George K Muellner
    1998 - Arthur L Money
    1999 - USAF Research Laboratory
    2000 - USAF Weather Agency
    2001 - HAVE CSAR Team, Schriever AFB CO
    2002 - USAFI Surveillance/Recon UAV
    2003 - 823 Red Horse Sqn


Wenning Award = USAF TPS award presented to the outstanding academic instructor of each class. Memorializes Maj Robert L Wenning (USN Test Pilot School 1975), who died in the crash of a TG-7A on 4/11/84.
White USAF Space Trophy = Presented annually by sponsoring National Geographic Society to USAF individuals or organizations, civil or military, who made the year's outstanding progress in the field of aerospace. Memorializes 4th AF Chief of Staff General Thomas D White, space advocate. Began in 1961.
(Gill Robb) Wilson Award = Administered by the AFA.

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    2001 - Dr Benjamin S Lambeth, Rand Corp


Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy = Chosen under the auspices of the NAA, recognizes "significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States" The trophy itself resides in the National Air & Space Museum. Memorializes aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.

    1948 - Dr William F Durand
    1949 - Charles Lindbergh
    1950 - Grover Loening
    1951 - Dr Jerome Hinsaker
    1952 - LGenl James H Doolittle
    1953 - Carl Hinshaw
    1954 - Dr Theodore von Karman
    1955 - Dr Hugh L Dryden
    1956 - Dr Edward P Warner
    1957 - Senator Stuart Symington
    1958 - Dr John F Victory
    1959 - William P MacCracken Jr
    1960 - Frederick C Crawford
    1961 - A. S. 'Mike' Monroney
    1962 - John Stack
    1963 - Donald W Douglas Sr
    1964 - Harry F Guggenheim
    1965 - Jerome Lederer
    1966 - Juan Terry Trippe
    1967 - Igor I Sikorsky
    1968 - Senator Warren G Magnuson
    1969 - William M Allen
    1970 - C R Smith
    1971 - Senator Howard W Cannon
    1972 - John H Shaffer
    1973 - Senator Barry M Goldwater
    1974 - Dr. Richard T Whitcomb
    1975 - Clarence L 'Kelly' Johnson
    1976 - William Allan Patterson
    1977 - Ira C Eaker
    1978 - Senator Jennings Randolph
    1979 - T A Wilson
    1980 - Olive Ann Beech
    1981 - Dwane L Wallace
    1982 - Willis M Hawkins
    1983 - John Leland Atwood
    1984 - David S Lewis
    1985 - Harry Combs
    1986 - Joseph F Sutter
    1987 - Allen E Paulson
    1988 - Dr Sam B Williams
    1989 - Thomas V Jones
    1990 - Edwin I Colodny
    1991 - Benjamin A Cosgrove
    1992 - Senator Jake Garn
    1993 - Gerhard Neumann
    1994 - A L Ueltschi
    1995 - Russell W Meyer Jr
    1996 - Frederick W Smith
    1997 - Charles H Kaman
    1998 - Edward W Stimpson
    1999 - Delford M Smith
    2000 - Herbert D Kelleher
    2001 - Neil A Armstrong
    2002 - Paul H Poberezny
    2003 - John Glenn
    2004 - Robert L Crandall
    2005 - Edward C "Pete" Aldridge


(Katharine) Wright Award = Established 1981 by Gates Learjet Corp for a woman who hasÝprovided encouragement, support, and inspiration to her husband and thus was instrumental in his success, or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight.

    1981 - Moya Lear
    1982 - Anne M Lindbergh
    1983-89 - none presented
    1990 - Achsa B Peacock Donnels
    1991 - Olive Ann Beech
    1992 - Elizabeth Pfister
    1993 - June De Etta Maule
    1994 - Nadine Jeppesen
    1995 - Audrey Poberezny
    1996 - Virginia M Schweizer
    1997 - Doris Lockness
    1998 - Romana Ann Ardaiz
    1999 - Athley Gamber
    2000 - Carroll W Suggs
    2001 - Fay Gillis Wells
    2002 - Evelyn Bryan Johnson
    2003 - Eilene M Galloway
    2004 - Gertrude Rogallo
    2005 - Patty Wagstaff


(Eugene M) Zuckert Award = USAF's highest management award. For flag rank or equivalent; Ïoutstanding management achievements by a top level USAF manager.
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