2009 (press release)
STEPHEN F. UDVAR-HAZY
For innovative aerospace business practices, improved aircraft design, piloting skills and selfless philanthropy ensuring preservation of our aerospace history.
2008 (press release)
NORMAN R. AUGUSTINE
For his legendary and inspirational aerospace leadership in both industry and government.
CAPTAIN EUGENE CERNAN, USN
For his extraordinary lifetime of achievement as an Astronaut, Naval Aviator, and Ambassador for Aerospace.
NORMAN Y. MINETA
For more than 40 years of dedicated, accomplished public service to the community, the nation, and the world, and a myriad of lasting accomplishments to the world of transportation and aviation.
EDWARD C. “PETE” ALDRIDGE, JR.
ROBERT L. CRANDALL
Crandall was a pioneer following government deregulation of the airlines, and he defined and shaped the industry as it exists today.
For his service as a military pilot, NASA astronaut and U.S. Senator from Ohio. Glenn led the United States’ efforts in exploring outer space, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.
PAUL H. POBEREZNY
For devoting his life to making aviation accessible to all Americans, improving aviation safety and promoting the entire aviation community while protecting our precious national aviation heritage.
NEIL A. ARMSTRONG
For a lifetime of public service as a Navy pilot, a civilian test pilot, a NASA Astronaut commanding Gemini 8 and Apollo 11, the first person to step on the Moon, an engineer, an educator and a business leader.
HERBERT D. KELLEHER
For building Southwest Airlines’ revolutionary and successful model for low fares, innovative customer service and employee recognition; a model emulated throughout the world. Commercial aviation will forever be enriched.