Aircraft Design Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2021 1 October 2021

The Aircraft Design Award was established in 1968 and is presented to an individual or team for an original concept or career contributions leading to a significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients

2021

  • Pipistrel Velis Electro
    Pipistrel Velis Electro
    Awarded
    Award: 2021 AIAA Aircraft Design Award
    AIAA Citation: “For being the world’s first certified electric aircraft leading the marketplace in a new era of green aircraft design and technology”

2020

  • Mr Udo Juerss
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Aircraft Design Award
    AIAA Citation: For being the “father of modern quadcopter” and for working for more than 20 years designing, testing, and improving the premier aircraft of the aircraft design industry.

2019

  • Robert W Parks
    none
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Aircraft Design Award
    AIAA Citation: “For a lifetime of novel and innovative aircraft designs including multiple prototypes and one of the current DARPA X-Planes.”

2018

  • Robert Lafontan - A380 Design Team
    Airbus
    Awarded
    Award: 2018 AIAAA Aircraft Design Award
    AIAA Citation: Airbus A380 and its unique double-deck design, was the next step in the development of Very Large Commercial Transport for long range, high density routes.

2017

  • Solar Impulse Aircraft Design Team
    Solar Impulse Aircraft Design Team
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the innovative design of a piloted all-electric aircraft with multiple day-night capability, proven by global circumnavigation on solar power, including transoceanic legs.

2016

  • Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration Program (UCAS-D) Team
    Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration Program (UCAS-D) Team
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition and sincere appreciation of the significant advances to the state of the art in autonomous aircraft operations on a carrier and in the aerial refueling environment that have been demonstrated by the Navy X-47B UCAS-D and enabled by this very successful aircraft design.

2015

  • Darold B Cummings
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For a career demonstrating exceptional skill and creativity in the configuration and design of aircraft, and inspiring future generations of aircraft designers.

2014

  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner Team
    Boeing 787 Dreamliner Team
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the conception, design, and development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner leading to substantial airliner performance improvements and significant advances in aircraft design and technology.

2013

  • Dr Egbert Torenbeek
    TU Delft
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For lifetime achievement in advancing aircraft design education and promoting computer aided techniques in aircraft design.

2012

  • Dr Michimasa Fujino
    Honda Aircraft Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering the unique over the wing engine mount configuration and the design and development of the HondaJet light business jet

2011

  • Dr Leland M Nicolai
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For four decades of aircraft design leadership, including developing the AGM-129/ACM, redirecting the AGM-158/JASSM into the 21st Century, authoring design textbooks, and teaching aircraft design.

2010

  • Dr Daniel P Raymer
    Conceptual Research Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For a career of teaching, performing, and pioneering aircraft conceptual designs across industry and academia. Your influence through education has helped countless students and professionals, and has left an enduring legacy.

2009

  • Joseph John Lusczek Jr
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For over four decades of outstanding contributions and leadership in the design, analysis, and development of unrivaled Air Force aircraft.

2008

  • Mr. Richard VanGrunsven
    Van's Aircraft Inc.
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For lifetime achievement in experimental and light sport aircraft design using his “total performance” personal design philosophy.

2007

  • Dr Jan Roskam
    DARcorporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: “For lifetime achievement in airplane design, airplane design education, configuration design, and flight dynamics education.”

2006

  • Robert R Sandusky
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: First named inventor of the F-20 Tigershark and YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter Prototype, Chief Engineer of the YF-23 and for significant involvement in the development of the YF-17.

2005

  • Dr Robert H Liebeck
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For lifetime achievement in aerodynamics, advanced aircraft development and conceptual design. Specifically the innovative wing designs for the Boeing Condor, Aerovironment Helios, and the blended wing-body approach air liner.

2004

  • Charles H Boccadoro
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the design of an aircraft that provided the first-ever in-flight demonstration of sonic boom mitigation using specialized aircraft shaping technology
  • Mr. David H Graham
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the design of an aircraft that provided the first-ever in-flight demonstration of sonic boom mitigation using specialized aircraft shaping technology
  • Mr. Joseph W Pawlowski
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the design of an aircraft that provided the first-ever in-flight demonstration of sonic boom mitigation using specialized aircraft shaping technology

2002

  • Dr Paul M Bevilaqua
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For an innovative tri-service solution next generation strike aircraft demonstrating commonality, carrier approach, and STOVL flight all in a fourth-generation low observable airframe
  • Paul H Park
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For an innovative tri-service solution next generation strike aircraft demonstrating commonality, carrier approach, and STOVL flight all in a fourth-generation low observable airframe
  • Mr. Brian M Quayle
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Systems Company
    Awarded
  • Mr. Rick Rezabek
    Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For an innovative tri-service solution next generation strike aircraft demonstrating commonality, carrier approach, and STOVL flight all in a fourth-generation low observable airframe

2001

  • Team Raptor
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leading Team Raptor which demonstrated excellence by designing the world’s most advanced air dominance fighter representing a significant advance in aircraft design technology

1999

  • Mr Hermann M Altmann
    Helm Industries LLC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership, building and integrating the engineering team while being the tenacious creative driving force behind the design, development, and successful testing of Global Hawk.

1998

  • Mr. John C Brizendine
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For distinguished contributions to aviation in his dedicated and creative leadership of the conception, design, development, production, and operation of the DC-10 aircraft and other world class transports

1996

  • John V Chenevey
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For evolutionary upgrade of the Navy’s flagship workhorse, the F/A-18E/F, into the next generation ‘Super Hornet’ capable of outstanding performance well into the 21st century
  • James B Godwin III
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For evolutionary upgrade of the Navy’s flagship workhorse, the F/A-18E/F, into the next generation ‘Super Hornet’ capable of outstanding performance well into the 21st century
  • Dr Brian L Hunt
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For evolutionary upgrade of the Navy’s flagship workhorse, the F/A-18E/F, into the next generation ‘Super Hornet’ capable of outstanding performance well into the 21st century
  • Mr. William A Norman
    McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For evolutionary upgrade of the Navy’s flagship workhorse, the F/A-18E/F, into the next generation ‘Super Hornet’ capable of outstanding performance well into the 21st century

1995

  • Mr. Charles N Coppi
    Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership in the design and development of the Gulfstream I,II,III,IV, and V family of aircraft; a leading element in business aviation for a generation

1994

  • Mr. Helmuth Heumann
    DIPLING
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the innovative and original approach, conceptualization, and design of the X-31 aircraft, whose on-going flight test program is successfully demonstrating radically different, high payoff fighter capabilities
  • Mr. John B Nix
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the innovative and original approach, conceptualization, and design of the X-31 aircraft, whose on-going flight test program is successfully demonstrating radically different, high payoff fighter capabilities
  • Michael R Robinson
    Boeing Defense, Space & Security
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the innovative and original approach, conceptualization, and design of the X-31 aircraft, whose on-going flight test program is successfully demonstrating radically different, high payoff fighter capabilities
  • Mr Hannes G Ross
    IBR Aeronautical Consulting
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the innovative and original approach, conceptualization, and design of the X-31 aircraft, whose on-going flight test program is successfully demonstrating radically different, high payoff fighter capabilities

1993

  • Mr. Benson Hamlin
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For serving as preliminary design engineer in defining the initial configuration and integrating the necessary disciplines resulting in the first successful supersonic airplane design

1992

  • Mr. Richard Hardy
    The Boeing Co
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the 3-company team responsible for the design definition, development, and fabrication of the YF-22, a revolutionary air superiority fighter prototype with an unprecedented combination of stealth, agility, and supercruise.
  • David R Kent
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the 3-company team responsible for the design definition, development, and fabrication of the YF-22, a revolutionary air superiority fighter prototype with an unprecedented combination of stealth, agility, and supercruise
  • Mr. Sherman N Mullin
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the 3-company team responsible for the design definition, development, and fabrication of the YF-22, a revolutionary air superiority fighter prototype with an unprecedented combination of stealth, agility, and supercruise

1991

  • Dr Antonio L Elias
    Orbital ATK
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions to the invention, development, production and operation of the Pegasus air-launched space booster, the world''s first privately-developed space launch vehicle

1990

  • Coy R. Cantrell
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the development of the world''s first operational stealth aircraft, the U.S. Air Force F-117A
  • Norman Nelson
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the development of the world''s first operational stealth aircraft, the U.S. Air Force F-117A
  • Dr Alan C Brown
    Awarded
    Award: 1990 AIAA Aircraft Design Award

1989

  • Dr John F Cashen
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the results of their innovative technical and managerial leadership which resulted in the development of the B2 bomber.
  • James E Kinnu
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the results of their innovative technical and managerial leadership which resulted in the development of the B2 bomber
  • John Patierno
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the results of their innovative technical and managerial leadership which resulted in the development of the B2 bomber
  • Mr. Irving T Waaland
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the results of their innovative technical and managerial leadership which resulted in the development of the B2 bomber

1988

  • Mr. Michael Pelehach
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For success as Design and Project Director of the F-14 Tomcat carrier-based fighter, and in recognition of a long and distinguished career with leadership contributions to the design of the OV-1 Mohawk, E-2C Hawkeye, A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler and the X-29 Technology Demonstrator Aircraft

1987

  • Mr. Lawrence A Smith
    McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, development and engineering management of the AV-8B Harrier II V/STOL Aircraft, and in recognition of a long and distinguished career with contributions tot he design of the and distinguished career with contributions to the design of the F-4 Phantom, F101 Voodoo, F-3H Demon and F-2H Banshee aircraft

1986

  • Mr James N Allburn
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For extending the boundaries of aircraft design through technical contributions and leadership in the initiation, design and development of the X-29 forward swept wing aircraft
  • Dr Norris Krone Jr.
    University Research Foundation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For extending the boundaries of aircraft design through technical contributions and leadership in the initiation, design and development of the X-29 forward swept wing aircraft
  • Glenn L Spacht
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For extending the boundaries of aircraft design through technical contributions and leadership in the initiation, design and development of the X-29 forward swept wing aircraft

1985

  • Mr. Harry J Hillaker
    Aerospace Consulting Group, Inc.
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For a long and distinguished career in aircraft design during which he performed or directed various phases of the design of five major, technologically advanced aircraft: B-36, B-58, F-111, F-16, and F-16XL

1984

  • Philip M Condit
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the managerial and technical leadership they provided to the engineering teams that developed the Boeing 757 and 767 commercial transport aircraft. And, for their dedication to the successful integration of the highest practical standard of aeronautical technologies with commercial and schedule requirements to create two airplanes of outstanding performance and economy.
  • Kenneth F Holtby
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the managerial and technical leadership they provided to the engineering teams that developed the Boeing 757 and 767 commercial transport aircraft. And, for their dedication to the successful integration of the highest practical standard of aeronautical technologies with commercial and schedule requirements to create two airplanes of outstanding performance and economy
  • Mr. Everette L Webb
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the managerial and technical leadership they provided to the engineering teams that developed the Boeing 757 and 767 commercial transport aircraft. And, for their dedication to the successful integration of the highest practical standard of aeronautical technologies with commercial and schedule requirements to create two airplanes of outstanding performance and economy

1982

  • Dr Paul B MacCready
    AeroVironment Inc
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For imagination, perseverance, and technological genius in development of the Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of human-powered flight, and enhancing the image of the aerospace profession

1981

  • Adolph Burstein
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the evolution and design of the delta wing for supersonic flight
  • Mr. Frank W Davis
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the evolution and design of the delta wing for supersonic flight.
  • Mr. Ralph H Shick
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the evolution and design of the delta wing for supersonic flight.

1980

  • Mr. Elbert L Rutan
    Scaled Composites LLC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the conception, design, and construction of four superior performance aircraft, the Defiant, Varie-Eze, Quickie and Vari Viggne, including his innovative application of canards, winglets, fiberglass materials, and construction techniques

1979

  • Mr. Harold Raiklen
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of the knowledge, dedication, perseverance, and leadership with which he integrated diverse technical requirements and concepts to bring about the successful design and development of the B-1 Strategic Aircraft System

1978

  • John K Wimpress
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of the prescience, knowledge and dedication he applied to the design and development of the YC-14 airplane. By perseverance and leadership he succeeded in converting technical concepts into a novel and practical airplane

1977

  • Howard A Evans
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For a long and distinguished career contributing to the design of innovative aircraft representing significant milestones in aviation history; and for inspiration and direction of the engineering teams which accomplished these programs

1976

  • Kendall Perkins
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding accomplishments in technical design and engineering management of a wide spectrum of fighter aircraft designs ranging from the original FH-1 Phantom to the F-15 Eagle, and in recognition of this versatility as a leader, and innovations in the field of aircraft design

1975

  • Walter E Fellers
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding achievement over the past 30 years in the design and development of fighter aircraft to meet rapidly shifting and expanding requirements of diverse military environments.

1973

  • Herman D Barkey
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contribution during the past 19 years to the initial design and evolutionary development of the highly successful free World Fighter, the F4 Phantom

1972

  • Ben R Rich
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and development of the inlet and inlet control systems for the YF-12/SR-71 aircraft - the first Mach 3+ aircraft

1971

  • Mr. Joseph F Sutter
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and technical development of the world's largest commercial transport airplane, the Boeing 747.

1970

  • Harrison A Storms
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For direction of the engineering effort that led to the design and development to the XB-70 aircraft

1969

  • Harold W Adams
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of outstanding contributions to the safety and economic practicality of commercial air transportation during the past 38 years by development of aircraft design principles for high reliability and ease of maintenance