Harrison Ford to Receive Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
September 30, 2010 — Harrison Ford, pilot, actor, and former chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, will receive the National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) 2010 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy at the annual Wright Memorial Dinner on Friday, December 17, in Washington, D.C. Ford, who served as Young Eagles chairman from 2004-2009, will receive the award “For engaging our nation’s youth in aviation and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and enthusiasts to secure a strong future for all of aviation.”
“All of us at NAA are very grateful for the work that Mr. Ford has done to advance the cause of aviation and aerospace in our nation,” said Jonathan Gaffney, president and CEO of NAA and the chairman of the selection committee. “And we are particularly proud to present him with one of the greatest awards in aviation as an acknowledgement of his efforts and his success.”
NAA established this award in 1948 to honor the memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for “significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.”
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny received the award in 2002.
For more information on the December 17 dinner, please visit www.aeroclub.org.