Henderson Trophy

Henderson Trophy

About the Award:

Clifford W. Henderson was the driving force behind the development of Los Angeles International Airport: persuading the city to lease a 640-acre bean and barley patch then known as Miles Field and then helping to build the airport’s first 1,200 foot runway. In addition, Mr. Henderson was managing director of the National Air Races from 1928-1939 where he originated the concept and obtained sponsorship for the Bendix Trophy Race, Thompson Trophy Classic, and Powder Puff Derby.

In 1960, the NAA established the trophy as the National Aviation Club Award for Achievement and revised the criteria and scope of the award to honor Henderson’s legacy.


The Henderson Trophy is awarded to “a living individual, group of individuals, or an organization whose vision, leadership or skill made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States.” 

A deserving nominee is put forth annually by the President of the National Aeronautic Association to NAA’s Executive Committee for confirmation by majority vote.


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

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Henderson Trophy Recipient Chronology