Awards News > F-22 RAPTOR WINS 2006 COLLIER TROPHY
The National Aeronautic Association has announced that The Lockheed Martin Corporation and the F-22 Raptor Team have won the 2006 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
The Collier Trophy, first created in 1911, is considered the most prestigious of all aviation awards. It is granted each year “"for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America… during the preceding year.” It is administered by the National Aeronautic Association and is permanently housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
The Raptor team will be presented the trophy “for designing, testing, and operating” the newly-operational F-22 Raptor. The nomination specifically noted the aircraft’s performance in the 2006 Northern Edge military exercise. Team members include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and BAE Systems.
This amazing aircraft is described as “the most efficient and effective fighter in history, through exceptional performance and outstanding safety features.”
The F-22 joins past winners of the trophy including Orville Wright, Howard Hughes, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, the crew of Apollo 11, and SpaceShipOne.
A black-tie dinner honoring members of the Raptor Team is scheduled for June 8 at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
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