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Aero Club of Southern California Presents The Howard Hughes Memorial Award to Dick Rutan
Aero Club of Southern California's Howard Hughes Memorial Award Virtual Event 2021
The Aero Club of Southern California is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award presentation will be held virtually in 2021. The Howard Hughes Memorial Award honors exceptional leaders who have advanced the fields of aviation or aerospace technology.

The virtual ceremony will honor and celebrate the achievements of the legendary, record-setting Voyager pilot, Richard “Dick” Rutan.

The event is free to attend for all Aero Club of Southern California members as well as open to all aviation and aerospace professionals, students and enthusiasts.

Jun 17, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dick Rutan
Legendary, Record-Setting Voyager Pilot
A retired United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot, test pilot, and record-breaking aviator who in 1986 piloted the Voyager aircraft on the first non-stop, non-refueled around-the-world flight. President Ronald Reagan awarded Dick and Burt Rutan the Presidential Citizens Medal. He served the Air Force as a Tactical Air Command fighter pilot in Vietnam, where he flew 325 combat missions in the Vietnam War. By the time he retired from the service in 1978, Dick had achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earned many prestigious accolades including the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and the Purple Heart. The Voyager mission was just one of many remarkable and record-breaking aviation accomplishments. Dick is a renowned public speaker and established the Dick Rutan Scholarship fund, which has gifted many thousands of dollars to young scholars. He remains highly active in the world of aviation and is a true legend.
Aero Club of Southern California
www.aeroclubsocal.org
The Aero Club of Southern California (ACSC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable aviation industry non-profit led by volunteer officers and Board members. Founded in 1908 to increase the public’s awareness of aviation, ACSC membership is open to everyone with an interest in aviation and space — from research and technology to piloting, education, manufacturing, commercial and military aviation, and much more. Today, the ACSC’s work continues with an annual scholarship program for students who are working toward careers in aviation and aerospace.
Howard Hughes Memorial Award
The Howard Hughes Memorial Award established in 1978 by Hughes’ first cousin, William R. Lummis, the Aero Club of Southern California presents the award annually and honors exceptional leaders who have advanced the fields of aviation or aerospace technology. Past honorees include a Who’s Who of leaders in these fields, and the award is one of the most prestigious of its kind.