Four Aerospace Projects and Accomplishments to Compete for the 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy

The 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy Nominees are:

Blue Origin New Shepard

Boeing 737 MAX

Dassault Aviation FalconEye Combined Vision System

U.S. Air Force 212th Rescue Squadron and 249th Airlift Squadron

For 105 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually “… for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history.

Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, and Howard Hughes. Projects and programs which have been the recipient of the Collier include the
B-52, the Polaris Missile, the Surveyor Moon Landing Program, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the F-22, and the International Space Station. Most recently, the 2015 Collier was awarded to the NASA/JPL Dawn Mission Team.

Led by NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh, the Selection Committee will consist of 31 leaders representing various organizations throughout aerospace.

Greg Principato, President & CEO of NAA, will serve as the Director of the selection process and is a non-voting member of the Committee.

“For nearly the entire history of aviation, the Collier Trophy has recognized outstanding achievements,” Principato stated. “Even more than that, by shining a bright light on all of those advances, the Collier provides an incentive to even greater achievement for those who would come after. Aviation is not a static industry, it – and our society – depends on constant improvement and innovation. The Collier has played a key role in that, and this year’s nominees are in that tradition.”

The Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 14th in Arlington, Virginia, and the winner will be announced that evening at the NAA Spring Awards Dinner held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

The formal presentation of the Collier Trophy will take place at a later date and location to be determined. More information can be found at .