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The Aero Club of Southern California (ACSC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable aviation industry non-profit led by volunteer officers and Board members.

Open to everyone with an interest in aviation and aerospace, Aero Club members get unique insights into the future of air and space exploration and access to the legends who explored the unknown.

Connect with notable industry leaders, participate in sponsored tours of flight sites, and much more!

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Howard Hughes Memorial Award

The Howard Hughes Memorial Award honors individuals with outstanding career achievements in the realms of aviation and space. Sponsored by The Aero Club since 1978, the award is one of the most prestigious of its kind.

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2018 Howard Hughes Award Winner

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin is a legendary astronaut and advocate for human space exploration. Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk – extra-vehicular activity (EVA) in 1966, and on July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world.

Since retiring from NASA and the U.S. Air Force, Col. Aldrin has become a bestselling author, speaker, and a Global Statesman for Space.

Recent Award Recipients

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2015 Howard Hughes Award Winner

Jim Lovell

winners elon musk
2014 Howard Hughes Award Winner

Elon Musk

2012 Howard Hughes Award Winner

Steven Udvar-Hazy

FEATURED EVENT: 2018 Howard Hughes Memorial Ceremony

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Scholarships

The Aero Club’s scholarship program assists young people pursuing their aviation or aerospace goals through higher education. We’re looking for students who are passionate about a future in space and aviation studies.

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Scholarships

The Aero Club’s scholarship program assists young people pursuing their aviation or aerospace goals through higher education. We’re looking for students who are passionate about a future in space and aviation studies.

Apply Now!
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September 14, 2018

2018 Scholarship Banquet

2018 SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET Come and join us as we recognize 8 outstanding High School and College students with scholarships.  $32,500 will be awarded to aerospace/aviation students who have out-competed many…
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February 12, 2018

Lockheed Martin’s Marillyn Hewson Receives 2017 Howard Hughes Memorial Award

2017 Howard Hughes Memorial Award Registration. Aero Club of Southern California honoree Marillyn Hewson, center. Photo credit: Joshua Barash Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson was honored on February 7 by…
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December 4, 2017

Marillyn Hewson to receive 2017 Howard Hughes Memorial Award

Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, will receive the 2017 Howard Hughes Memorial Award from the Aero Club of Southern California. An F-35…
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