United States Air Force Master Sergeant Kimberly Muhlecke has been named the winner of the Katharine Wright Award by the National Aeronautic Association.
The award, which will be presented at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet Nov. 8, is presented annually to a woman who has contributed to the success of others or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time. The award was named in honor of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s sister, Katharine, who was a crucial supporter of her brothers’ work in the development of the first airplane.
As an Air Force Aerospace Physiological Technician, Muhlecke has become one of the leading experts in the fields of physiology training, human performance training, altitude chamber training, endurance management, and U-2 pressure suit operations. Her efforts to increase efficiency and readiness have saved the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars, NAA officials said.
The Selection Committee was chaired by NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney and also included Wichita Aero Club President Dave Franson, NAA Board member Elizabeth Matarese, Airbus General Counsel Renee Martin-Nagle, 99s Past President Pat Prentiss, and NAA Contest and Records Board Member and Northwest Airlines Captain Sandy Anderson.
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