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Chanute Flight Test Award

This award honors Octave Chanute, pioneer aeronautical investigator. Originally the Octave Chanute Award from 1939 to 1976, the award was presented for an outstanding contribution made by a pilot or test personnel to the advancement of the art, science, and technology of aeronautics. The award was renamed in 1978 to the Chanute Flight Award, but discontinued in 2005. It was reactivated in 2010 as the Chanute Flight Test Award to recognize significant lifetime achievements in the advancement of the art, science, and technology of flight test engineering. The award is presented biennially (in even numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October
  • Full Name: Charles S Sewell
  • AIAA Citation: For contribution to the aerospace sciences in promoting the concept of spin prevention in a tactical airplane, and for leading this concept through design and flight test.