From Astronauts To Model Aeronauts, Awards Span The Gamut Of
NAA will present several major awards and
recognize recent aviation record setters at the annual NAA Fall
Awards Banquet, to be held November 7 in Arlington, VA.
General Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff, U. S. Air Force will
present the 2010 Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious Air Force
flight of 2010 to the heroic members of the crews of Dude 01 and
Dude 02: Lt Col Donald D. Cornwell, Lt Col Dylan T. Wells, Capt
Leigh P. Larkin & 1st Lt Nicholas R. Tsougas for a flights in
Boeing F-15Es in Afghanistan that saved the lives of 30 Coalition
troops with no civilian casualties.
AMA Exec. Director Dave Mathews
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) will receive the
prestigious Frank G. Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education "for
exemplary accomplishment and collaborative work with numerous
aerospace organizations across the nation to assist students,
teachers and community leaders in understanding the science, skill
and beauty of flight." The Brewer Trophy is presented annually for
significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education
in the United States.
NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney, Chairman of the
Selection Committee, said, "I was very pleased with the quality of
nominations we received for the Brewer Trophy, and I am
particularly proud that the Academy of Model Aeronautics was named
as the recipient for 2011.
Other awards to be presented include:
- 2011 Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award to
John Cashman, The Honorable Jim Coyne, Gen. Jack Dailey, USMC
(Ret.) and Leon " Lenny" Potts.
- 2011 Katharine Wright Award winner Fran Bera.
- NCASE's 2011 Dr. Mervin Strickler, Jr. Aviation Education
Leadership Award to Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Program
and Dean E. Davis currently Chief Mission Systems Flight Test
Engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' F-35 Lighting II.
Also to be presented are several Fédération
Aéronautic International (FAI) Awards:
- Tissandier Diploma to Brian Utley for service to aviation
through his dedicated work, initiative and devotion.
- Jade Schiewe and Zachary Pfaff will receive The FAI Outstanding
Airmanship Diploma for piloting a fiery airplane to a safe
- Montgolfier Ballooning Diplomas to Albert F. Padelt and John R.
- US National and World Record Setters including the human
powered rotorcraft flight of Gamera, a project from the University
In December, Lt. General Thomas Patten Stafford, USAF (Ret.)
(pictured) will receive the prestigious 2011 Wright Brothers
Memorial Trophy for his pioneering achievements that have led the
way to the moon, to greater international cooperation in space, and
to a safer America. NAA established this award in 1948 to honor the
memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The trophy is awarded annually
to a living American for significant public service of enduring
value to aviation in the United States.
NAA Chairman Walter Boyne lauded the choice. "General Stafford's
manifold contributions to aviation and space are properly
recognized with this award. His heroic leadership in national and
international space triumphs will be an inspiration for future
In his long and distinguished career, General Stafford has been
a fighter pilot, flight instructor, distinguished test pilot,
pioneering astronaut, aerospace record setter, author and an
advisor to federal agencies and U.S. Presidents alike. He
established a successful pattern that leads directly from the
Gemini missions to the International Space Station. His Apollo X
mission was a pathfinder that laid the foundation for the
successful lunar landings. Lt. General Stafford will receive the
award at the Wright Memorial Dinner on Friday, December 16,