Harmon Aeronaut Trophy

Harmon Aeronaut Trophy

Nomination Period: April 15, 2024 – July 15, 2024 for the (performance) year of July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024

About the Trophy:

In 1926, Colonel Clifford B. Harmon, an early balloonist, and aviator established international trophies to be awarded annually to the world’s outstanding aviator, aeronaut (balloon or dirigible) and astronaut.

Today, the NAA continues to uphold the tradition by giving out the aeronaut (ballooning) trophy, awarded for the most outstanding international achievement in the art and/or science of aeronautics (ballooning) for the previous year.

Nomination Guidelines for the Harmon Trophy:

Please use the following guidelines when submitting a nomination for NAA’s Harmon Aeronaut Trophy. Nominations that do not fall within the specifications listed below may not be considered during the selection process.


The Harmon Aeronaut Trophy for the most outstanding international achievement in the art/or science of aeronautics (ballooning) for the period covering July 1 through June 30, with the art of flying receiving first consideration.

Nomination Format:

The nomination must be submitted in PDF format. The nomination is limited to three (3) pages, not including the citation; page layout, size, and type of font may be of the writer’s choosing. Attachments, reprints of articles, etc., will not be considered unless incorporated into and made part of the three pages. The citation may be placed on a separate page. The nomination should contain the name of the person making the nomination, including address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The nominee(s) are to be fully identified, along with mailing, telephone, and e-mail addresses. All nomination materials will become the property of NAA.

The body of the nomination should include information justifying why the nominee is worthy of this award; give complete and concise details with such background information as considered pertinent, along with any other relevant information that would assist the Selection Committee in determining the worthiness of the nominee with particular attention to the “Criteria” above.


A formal statement in 30 words or less that captures the essence of the achievement for which the nominee’s name has been submitted.

Submitting a Nomination:

All nominations must be received at the NAA’s office between April 15 and July 15 (if July 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the NEXT business day); nominations received after the deadline will not be accepted. Nominations, in PDF format, should be emailed to [email protected] with the “Harmon Nomination” in the subject line.


The award is presented at an appropriate ceremony as determined by the President of the National Aeronautic Association.

For additional information, e-mail us at [email protected].

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