“The growth of aviation as an industry and as a career is threatened by the lack of a broad pipeline for talent,” said NAA President and CEO Greg Principato. “Sisters of the Skies makes an incredible contribution to solving that problem. They are building the future of aviation. It is exactly this kind of passion and commitment that we seek to honor with the Clifford Henderson Trophy, and it will be an honor to present the 2023 award to Sisters of the Skies.”
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Clark is being honored for her “significant contributions to the art and sport of aviation, the success of others, and the promotion of aerospace education for more than a half-century,” according to officials.
Economic conditions and “a strong priority by the aircraft manufacturers on product development and certification hampered” the National Aeronautic Association’s ability to secure the necessary sponsorships to hold the race in 2023, according to NAA officials.
“Each year, hundreds, even thousands, of pilots and volunteers use their aviation skill to assist others in time of need,” said NAA President Greg Principato. “From responding to disasters, to bringing life-saving treatments to patients, to bringing others to receive the care they need, these pilots and organizations serve their communities well and often without notice.”
With the recent release of the most memorable aviation records from 2019 to 2021, it caught my attention that the National Aeronautic Association has a list of its Most Wanted Records. Curious as to what they are?
The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor the creator and managing director of the world-renowned National Air Races from 1928-1939.
The National Aeronautic Association has determined the 11 “most memorable” aviation records from 2018 to 2021, including four related to airplanes, one for model aircraft, and one for a balloon pilot.
“The toughest times often bring out the best in people and it is hard to imagine a tougher time than a global pandemic,” said NAA President Greg Principato. “Those we honor today stepped up at a difficult time to help others who needed it. The aviation community has an amazing history of stepping up. I not only congratulate this year’s Public Benefit Flying awardees, I also thank them for all they’ve done and will do.”
The trophy is awarded to “…a living individual, group of individuals, or an organization whose vision, leadership or skill made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States.”