The 2012 Howard Hughes banquet, celebrating Steven Udvar-Hazy, took place February 13, 2013 to a sold out audience at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.
In attendance were five previous Howard Hughes Memorial Award recipients including Clay Lacy, Bob Hoover, Jim Albaugh, Ron Sugar, and Sam Lacobellis. Jim Albaugh introduced Steven Udvar-Hazy to a resounding applause and appreciation. A video of Udvar-Hazy was viewed by all attendees, followed by a memorable speech by the award winner. Udvar-Hazy graciously honored Howard Hughes for his legendary aviation accomplishments which have served as an example for all who followed in the grand world of aviation. In the late 1970’s, Steven Udvar-Hazy revolutionized commercial aircraft financing. As a co-founder, former Chairman and CEO of International Lease Finance Corporation, he led what ultimately became one of the largest aircraft leasing companies in the world.
Also honored was past President Nissen Davis, who was presented with a certificate of commendation by the National Aeronautics Administration (NAA) for his tireless leadership of the Aero Club of Southern California. NAA President, Jonathan Gaffney, presented the commendation.