A retired United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot, test pilot, and record-breaking aviator who in 1986 piloted the Voyager aircraft on the first non-stop, non-refueled around-the-world flight. President Ronald Reagan awarded Dick and Burt Rutan the Presidential Citizens Medal. He served the Air Force as a Tactical Air Command fighter pilot in Vietnam, where he flew 325 combat missions in the Vietnam War. By the time he retired from the service in 1978, Dick had achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earned many prestigious accolades including the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and the Purple Heart. The Voyager mission was just one of many remarkable and record-breaking aviation accomplishments. Dick is a renowned public speaker and established the Dick Rutan Scholarship fund, which has gifted many thousands of dollars to young scholars. He remains highly active in the world of aviation and is a true legend.
Captain “Sully” Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is a safety expert, speaker, and author. He still flies privately.
Born in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation, learning to fly at 16. Upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, then was an airline pilot, instructor, and accident investigator until his retirement in March 2010.
Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME‘s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour.
Sullenberger is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and also wrote Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders. Clint Eastwood directed the major motion picture about Sullenberger, titled SULLY, based on Highest Duty, with Tom Hanks in the lead role. The film was released to critical acclaim in September 2016. Highest Duty was republished that year as SULLY: My Search for What Really Matters.
Sullenberger is an international lecturer and keynote speaker on how to achieve the highest levels of performance, reliability, and safety through effective crisis management, continuous learning, leadership, and culture.
2018 HOWARD HUGHES MEMORIAL AWARD RECIPIENT: BUZZ ALDRIN
Buzz Aldrin is a legendary astronaut and advocate for human space exploration.
In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk – extra-vehicular activity (EVA), 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.
Date: February 13, 2019
Time: Reception – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Dinner and presentation – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson was honored on February 7 by the Aero Club of Southern California as the 39th recipient of the Howard Hughes Memorial Award.
“Marillyn joins a distinguished group of aerospace leaders,” said Aero Club president John Stammreich. “She exemplifies the spirit of this award through her bold leadership and significant contributions to driving innovation in aerospace.”
“I am honored to represent the 100,000 men and women of Lockheed Martin whose drive and ingenuity have defined new eras in flight,” said Hewson. “The award is made even more special by the long and distinguished list of past awardees – men and women who have reshaped the future by what they have done in the skies and in space.”
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Los Angeles, CA – Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security, has been selected by the Aero Club of Southern California to receive its 2016 Howard Hughes Memorial Award.
Established in 1978 by the Hughes family, the Award is presented annually to an aerospace leader whose accomplishments have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology.
Bush will receive his Award at a banquet at the Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Previous recipients of the award are, in chronological order, Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle, Pat Hyland, Bob Six, Kelly Johnson, Chuck Yeager, Ed Heinemann, Barry Goldwater Sr., Pete Conrad, Allen Paulson, Si Ramo, Jack Real, Ben Rich, Clifton Moore, Lee Atwood, Harry Wetzel, Bobbi Trout, Tom Jones, Allen Puckett, Paul MacCready, John Brizendine, Willis Hawkins, Sam Iacobellis, Kent Kresa, Neil Armstrong, Frank Robinson, Burt Rutan, Eileen Collins, James Albaugh, Ron Sugar, Bob Hoover, Fred Smith, Clay Lacy, Steven Udvar-Hazy, Edward Stone, Elon Musk and Jim Lovell.
Bush was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2009, named chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman in 2010 and assumed the role of chairman in 2011. He previously served as president and chief operating officer.
Earlier he served as president of the company’s Space Technology sector and as corporate vice president and CFO. Prior to the acquisition of TRW by Northrop Grumman, he served as president and CEO for TRW’s UK-based Global Aeronautical Systems.
Bush joined TRW in 1987 as a systems engineer and served in engineering, program management and business development roles in the Space & Electronics business. Prior to joining TRW, he held engineering positions with Aerospace Corporation and Comsat Labs.
The Aero Club is a 501 (3) (c) tax-exempt charity, with proceeds going toward the Club’s STEM scholarship programs. The media contact is Nissen Davis at [email protected], tel. 310-729-6510
The 2015 Howard Hughes Memorial Trophy was awarded to Commander Jim Lovell. Actor Tom Hanks, who famously portrayed Lovell in the film Apollo 13, presented Commander Lovell with the award.
James A, Lovell, Jr. has been selected by the Aero Club of Southern California to receive the 2015 Howard Hughes Memorial Award. Established in 1978 by the Hughes family, the Award is presented annually to an aerospace leader whose accomplishments have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology.
Lovell will receive his Award at a banquet at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Lovell, a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, is most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.
Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit. He is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. He was also the first person to fly in space four times.
In the Navy, Lovell specialized in all-weather aircraft carrier night flying and served as program manager for the F4H Phantom fighter. In 1962 NASA selected him to serve in the second group of astronauts for the Gemini program
Previous recipients of the award, in chronological order, are Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle, Pat Hyland, Bob Six, Kelly Johnson, Chuck Yeager, Ed Heinemann, Barry Goldwater Sr., Pete Conrad, Allen Paulson, Si Ramo, Jack Real, Ben Rich, Clifton Moore, Lee Atwood, Harry Wetzel, Bobbi Trout, Tom Jones, Allen Puckett, Paul MacCready, John Brizendine, Willis Hawkins, Sam Iacobellis, Kent Kresa, Neil Armstrong, Frank Robinson, Burt Rutan, Eileen Collins, James Albaugh, Ron Sugar, Bob Hoover, Fred Smith, Clay Lacy, Steven Udvar-Hazy, Edward Stone and Elon Musk.