MICHAEL COLLINS (press release)
For his lifelong dedication to aerospace and public service in the highest order, both as a pioneering astronaut and inspired director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
GENERAL LLOYD "FIG" NEWTON (press release)
For his extraordinary achievements as a history-making, military aviator and his continuing contributions to the advancement of aviation education and advocacy.
GENERAL J.R. "JACK" DAILEY (press release)
For his courageous and dedicated service to the country and his commitment to sharing the history and technology of aviation and space flight with present and future generations.
COLLEEN BARRETT (press release)
For dedicating nearly 50 years to aviation, including serving as President of Southwest Airlines, where she devoted herself to creating a unique, service-oriented corporate culture which made her one of the most successful leaders in U.S. airline history.
BURT RUTAN (press release)
For his work as a world-renowned aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, and energy-efficient aircraft, including the record-breaking Voyager and Spaceship One.
BOB HOOVER (press release)
For distinguished service as a military and test pilot, for advancing safety and precision in the art of flying, and for providing an unsurpassed, inspiring example to generations of pilots worldwide.
2013 (press release) (photo album)
For her distinguished career as a dedicated public servant whose work in aerospace has enhanced the safety of the traveling public, advanced national security, supported our men and women in uniform, and strengthened the economy.
2011 (press release) (photo album)
LT GENERAL THOMAS STAFFORD, USAF (RET)
For pioneering achievements that led the way to the moon, to
greater international cooperation in Space, and to a safer America.
2010 (press release) (photo album)
For his engaging our nation’s youth in aviation and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and enthusiasts to secure a strong future for all of aviation.