Unique among all aviation organizations in this country, NAA identifies and recognizes those who have contributed to the “art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight.” In recent years, NAA has been responsible for, and directly involved in, presenting hundreds of awards and honors to exemplary individuals and outstanding organizations.

The most famous of these awards, the Robert J. Collier Trophy, was established in 1911 and was first presented to Glenn Curtiss. It is awarded annually for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, as demonstrated by actual use in the previous year.

We are also the custodian of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for significant public service, the Frank G. Brewer Trophy for education, the Katharine Wright Memorial Award for significant contribution by a female, and the Clarence Mackay Trophy, for the most meritorious Air Force flight each year. Another one of our awards, which has gained in prominence, is our Elder Statesman of Aviation Award, given for contributions of enduring value.

We solicit nominations for our awards from individuals and organizations, including the press.  Neither you nor the person you are nominating need to be a member of NAA.  If you would like to submit a nomination, please check the award for the specific criteria, nomination format and deadline for your submission.

If you have any questions, please contact NAA at 703-527-0226, or e-mail us at