Chanute Flight Test Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2021 1 October 2021

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 has been reactivated as the Chanute Flight Test Award presented biennially (odd numbered years) to recognize significant lifetime achievements in the advancement of the art, science, and technology of flight test engineering. The award is scheduled to be presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients

2019

  • Mr David W Minto
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Chanute Flight Test Award
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the art, science and technology of test flight engineering and the capabilities delivered in support of the nation’s defense

2017

  • Mr William R Gray III
    USAF TEST PILOT SCHOOL
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant lifetime achievement in the advancement of the art, science and technology of flight testing engineering.

2002

  • Mike Carriker
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For performing hazardous Boeing 737 flight tests, providing justification for a 737 Technology Demonstrator, and enhancing flight deck display of lateral and vertical flight path.

1998

  • Harold C Farley
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the advancement, science, and technology of aeronautics

1996

  • Edward T Schneider
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding performance in conducting hazardous high angle of attack flying qualities research with an F-18 aircraft modified by a thrust vectoring control system

1994

  • Richard Abrams
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding professional accomplishments in the conduct of flight testing, most notably with the F-117 Stealth Fighter, and YF-22A Advanced Tactical Fighter programs

1992

  • Robert A Hoover
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For a lifetime of outstanding contributions to aviation as a military aviator, an engineering test pilot and an incomparable airshow performer

1990

  • Mr. William G Schweikhard
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his 35 years of superior performance and contributions to successful flight test programs which have benefitted the public, private and academic sectors of the aerospace profession

1988

  • Mr. Russell C Larson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding sustained technical contributions to and leadership of flight testing and evaluation of advanced aircraft propulsion systems, over a broad range of engine and aircraft types, that supported the continued advancement of aircraft engine technology

1986

  • George R Jansen
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his numerous contributions to the science of flight testing and the development of flight safety for commercial and military aviation over 37 years as a test pilot and flight test manager

1983

  • Mr. S. L Wallick Jr.
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his contributions to the commercial airplane development, certification, and flight safety through outstanding flying ability, technical judgement and superior analysis of the rapidly changing technology of aeronautics

1981

  • Raymond L McPherson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For twenty-six years of flight testing Boeing Company military and civilian airplanes culminating in his contributions as Project Test Pilot of the YC-14, a unique STOL transport airplane

1979

  • Austin J Bailey
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For combining his outstanding engineering skills and expert test pilot capabilities to develop several advanced flight control systems

1978

  • T. D Benefield
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the advancement of future large turbo-fan power aircraft as structured engineering test pilot playing a major role in the USAF/Rockwell International B-1 strategic bomber test flight program

1976

  • Lt Gen Thomas P Stafford
    Stafford, Burke & Hecker Inc
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contribution as the commander of Apolo-Soyuz Test Project in furthering peaceful cooperation in the use of space in the international arena

1975

  • Alan L Bean
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to manned space flight and scientific research. For using the most sophisticated instruments ever flown in space, the Skylab 3 Crew performed scores of scientific experiments and observations that revealed a wealth of scientific data which will vastly expand man''s knowledge and enhance the quality of life on Earth
  • Dr Owen K Garriott
    The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to manned space flight and scientific research. For using the most sophisticated instruments ever flown in space, the Skylab 3 Crew performed scores of scientific experiments and observations that revealed a wealth of scientific data which will vastly expand man''s knowledge and enhance the quality of life on Earth
  • Jack R Lousma
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to manned space flight and scientific research. For using the most sophisticated instruments ever flown in space, the Skylab 3 Crew performed scores of scientific experiments and observations that revealed a wealth of scientific data which will vastly expand man''s knowledge and enhance the quality of life on Earth

1974

  • Charles S Sewell
    Awarded
    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.

1973

  • Cecil W Powell
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant contributions in the fields of control optimization for aerial combat, fly-by-wire flight control system technology, and lifting body flying qualities requirements

1972

  • Donald R Segner
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions made to the aerospace science for the solution of major problems in high-speed rotary wing and compound airplane testing, and the unselfish dissemination of his hard-won knowledge

1971

  • William M Magruder
    Awarded

1970

  • Mr. Jerauld R Gentry
    Gentry & Associates, Inc.
    Awarded

1969

  • William C Park
    Awarded

1967

  • Milton O Thompson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: for his lifting-body research

1966

  • Donald F McCusker
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For notable contributions in the field of aerospace sciences for their paraglider flights
  • John L Swigert
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For notable contributions in the field of aerospace sciences for their paraglider flights

1965

  • Mr. Alvin S White
    Awarded

1964

  • Fred J Drinkwater III
    Awarded-CoRecipients
  • Robert C Inis
    Awarded-CoRecipients

1963

  • Edward J Bechtold
    Awarded

1962

  • Neil A Armstrong
    Awarded

1961

  • Mr. Joseph A Walker Jr.
    NASA
    Awarded

1960

  • Dr Joseph P Tymczyszyn
    Boeing Company
    Awarded

1959

  • Mr. John P Reeder
    Awarded

1958

  • Mr. A. S Crossfield
    Awarded

1957

  • Frank K Everest
    Awarded

1956

  • A. M Johnston
    Awarded

1955

  • Albert Boyd
    Awarded

1954

  • George E Cooper
    Awarded

1953

  • W. T Bridgeman
    Awarded

1952

  • John C Seal
    Awarded

1951

  • Lt Col Marion E Carl
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to evaluation of advanced type naval aircraft and for a continuously outstanding career devoted to the advancement of the art and science of flying.

1950

  • CDR Donald B MacDiarmid
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to air-sea rescue techniques by the scientific analysis and correlation of the effect of wind and waves on seaplanes during landing, maneuvering and take-off.

1949

  • Frederick M Trapnell
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to flight testing of experimental aircraft, with particular reference to operationg requirements for carrier-based, jet-propelled airplanes.

1948

  • Herbert H Hoover
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For many contributions in the application of flight test procedures to basic research in aeronautics, and his part in the development of methods for scientific study of the problems of transonic flight.

1947

  • Mr. Lawrence A Clousing
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For research on airplanes at high speeds, enabling measurement of compressibility effects on stability, control and structural loads at high Mach numbers.

1946

  • CAPT Ernest A Cutrell
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding achievement in flight testing and developing instrument landing equipment and techniques contributing to improved performance of instrument flying.

1945

  • Mr. Robert T Lamson
    Mercer Bch Park
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For obtaining at great personal hazard data contributing to the design of high-altitude military aircraft.
  • Elliot Merrill
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For obtaining at great personal hazard data contributing to the design of high-altitude military aircraft.

1944

  • Benjamin S Kelsey
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the development of high speed military aircraft and to the knowledge of the effects of compressibility through flight testing.

1943

  • William H McAvoy
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For continuous service in the flight testing of experimental airplanes under hazardous condition imposed in aeronautical research.

1942

  • A. L MacClain
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding work in the flight testing of aircraft engines and the development of the engine torque indicator.

1941

  • Melvin N Gough
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to fundamental research in aeronautics as conducted on airplanes in actual flight.

1940

  • Howard Hughes
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For skillful use of high speed, long range aircraft and advanced methods of aerial navigation.

1939

  • Edmund T Allen
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to methods and procedure in flight research in connction with airplane design and operation.