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    AIAA Congratulates Jim Albaugh on Being Named the Recipient of The Wings Club
    2013 Distinguished Achievement Award
    Award Honors Albaugh’s Leadership During His Career With Boeing

    June 20, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and executive vice president, The Boeing Company (retired); and AIAA president-elect, on being named the recipient of the Wings Club 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award. Albaugh will receive the award at the Wing Club’s 71st Annual Awards Gala, to be held on the evening of October 25, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y.

    “On behalf of AIAA, I would like to congratulate Jim Albaugh, AIAA president-elect, for his receipt of the Wings Club Distinguished Achievement Award for 2013,” stated AIAA president Mike Griffin. “Jim’s career at Boeing was truly outstanding, and this award rightly honors the commitment, leadership, and vision that he displayed throughout it. AIAA members and staff extend our sincere congratulations to Jim for this honor!”

    Albaugh retired from Boeing in 2012. He began his career in 1975 as a project engineer with Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power at their Hanford, Wash., operations site. At the time of the unit’s acquisition by Boeing, in 1996, Albaugh was president of the group. After the merger, Albaugh served as president of Boeing Space Transportation from 1996 to 1998. He then became president and CEO of Boeing Space Communications, which he led until its 2002 merger with Boeing’s Military Aircraft and Missile Systems created Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Albaugh served as president and CEO of the newly created business unit from 2002 to 2009, when he became president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and executive vice president of The Boeing Company.

    An AIAA Honorary Fellow, Albaugh is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a former board chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and a member of the Wings Club Board of Governors. His past honors include the 2010 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award, presented by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); the 2008 Howard Hughes Memorial Award, presented by the Southern California Aeronautics Association; the 2006 Semper Fidelis Award, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps; and the 2001 Bob Hope Distinguished Citizen Award, presented by the NDIA.

    Past winners of the Wings Club Distinguished Achievement Award include: Neil Armstrong, Senator John Glenn, President George H.W. Bush, Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager, Steven Udvar-Hazy, and Sir Richard Branson.

    The Wings Club, founded in 1942, is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of aviation and affords a forum for speeches, discussion and debate on topical aviation issues of the day. It encourages and supports education in aviation and aerospace, and through its Scholarship Fund, provides scholarships to colleges and universities for students in aviation-related fields. The Wings Club is comprised of over 1,200 aviation industry leaders, professionals in related service fields, academic leaders, and aviation enthusiasts.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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