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AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence

The AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence was established in 1998 and recognizes excellence within the aerospace community exemplifyng the inspirational qualities that inspire the global community. Individuals, teams, programs, or organizations -- whose current noteworthy accomplishment, unique accomplishments for the duration of a program, or extraordinary lifetime contributions represent "excellence within the aerospace community" and generate "inspiration for the global community" -- are eligible nominees. Criteria and further information about the award can be found at <a href=></a> The next award will be presented in 2015.
  • Full Name: Mr. Gordon Bethune
  • Category: Premier Award
  • AIAA Citation: For three decades of committed leadership, strategic insight, and distinguished achievements in the development, growth, and promotion of the aerospace, aviation and airline industries.