Nominations Accepted Through August 31
About the Award
The Elder Statesman of Aviation Award was established on October 16, 1954, by the Board of Directors of the National Aeronautic Association. In 2007 the award was re-named the Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award to recognize the more than 16 years of service to NAA by Mr. McDonald. A new trophy design was also unveiled and awarded to Admiral McDonald at a special Honorary Dinner in March of 2007. Since then, that trophy, shown on the right, has been presented at NAA's Fall Awards Banquet. In 2011 NAA's Board of Directors renamed the award the Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award.
The purpose of the Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award is to honor outstanding Americans who, by their efforts over an extended period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics, and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.
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