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AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey was awarded the 2011 Cliff Henderson Trophy at the National Aeronautic Association luncheon July 13.
The trophy, which resides at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor a “vision, leadership or skill that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States.” In his letter to Blakey, NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney wrote, “In that spirit, you certainly ‘fit the bill.’”
The award is named for Clifford W. Henderson, a colorful figure and early proponent of aviation. He was the driving force behind the development of the Los Angeles International Airport and the director of the National Air Races from 1928 until 1939.
In her acceptance remarks, Blakey said, “I’ve had the privilege of serving in this industry for many years – I’ve benefitted from some great mentors, always with a team of professionals at my side. So, I accept this award but I’d like to share it with them – and all the men and women who have made this industry so great.”