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Paul H. Poberezny



The following list is a representative sample of the honors and awards bestowed upon EAA Founder Paul H. Poberezny:

First-ever Billy Mitchell Award for Aviation Achievement - 1956

National Pilots Association "Pilot of the Year" Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation as President of the Experimental Aircraft Association - 1966

Wisconsin Air Force Association Award - 1966 Wisconsin Governor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sport Aviation and Education in Related Fields - 1967

Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol Hall of Fame - 1967

Departments of Army and Air Force National Guardsman Award - 1971

Federal Aviation Administration Award for Extraordinary Service - 1972

Alpha Eta Rho Award for Outstanding Contribution to an Understanding of the Effects of Aviation and its Development Upon the World - 1972

Recipient of the Paul Tissandier Diploma from Federation Aeronautique Internationale, Paris - 1974

Recipient of the Lawrence P. Sharples Award from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association - 1974

Wisconsin Aviation Award - 1977

Inducted into the Society of Experimental Test Pilots - 1978

Inducted into the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame - 1978

Frank G. Brewer Trophy "for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States," sponsored by the American Society for Aerospace Education and awarded by National Aeronautic Association - 1979

Air Show Industry Award for Excellence - 1981

Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Air Award - 1983

NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for "outstanding contributions to aviation" - 1983

Elected President of the Commission Internationale des Aeronefs des Construction Amateur Committee (CIACA) - 1984

Unanimously re-elected President of CIACA - 1985, 1986, 1987

Named Aviation's "Man of the Year" by Civil Air Patrol - 1985

Awarded Lindbergh's Eagle Award in Recognition of his "Stunning Accomplishments with EAA over the years," presented by the Lindbergh Fund - 1987

National Aeronautic Association's Elder Statesman of Aviation Award "for a multitude of skills - pilot, educator, aircraft, aircraft designer and builder, administrator, publisher, writer, speaker, air show performer, and coordinator of the world's largest aviation event" - 1987

Inducted into the Wisconsin Air National Guard Hall of Fame - 1988

Selected by DOT to receive its biennial award for "Outstanding Public Service to Transportation and Historic Preservation" - 1989

Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering - 1989

First-ever Charles A. Lindbergh Award for "lifetime contributions to aviation" from US Department of Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner - 1990

Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award for "significant impact on aviation and (promoting) aviation to the citizens of the world" - 1990

General Aviation News and Flyer "Aviation's Most Influential Person in the 1980s" Readership Poll - 1990

Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from St. Louis University - 1991

American Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying Tiger" Pilot Award - 1991

World War I Aviation Historical Hall of Fame - 1992

EAA Homebuilders' Hall of Fame - 1994

Sport Aviation "Man of the Century" from National Biplane Association - 1995

Warbirds of America Hall of Fame - 1995

National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) National Award of Excellence - 1997

Inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame - 1999

Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) - 2001

Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, National Aeronautic Association - 2002

Member of "100 Aviation Heroes" (with son Tom Poberezny) of first 100 years of powered flight, First Flight Centennial Foundation - 2003

Honorary doctorate degree from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - 2004

"Wisconsin History Maker" Award from Wisconsin Historical Society - 2008

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