Colleen BarrettColleen Barrett, President Emeritus, Southwest Airlines, was the recipient of the 2016 NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Jim Albaugh, Chairman of NAA and a member of the Selection Committee, praised the choice. “Colleen Barrett is an industry veteran who can be credited with so much of the success of Southwest Airlines because of the company vision, values, and ideals she helped to create,” Albaugh said. “She is truly deserving of this great honor.”

Colleen Barrett, known as the “Queen of Hearts”, has had a career in aviation that has spanned nearly 50 years. She remains the only woman to serve as President of a major U.S. airline and has dedicated her life to the conception and retention of a unique corporate culture at Southwest Airlines.

Ms. Barrett was presented with the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy at the Aero Club of Washington’s Wright Memorial Dinner. The dinner was held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, in Washington, DC.

We are grateful to the Wright Memorial Dinner sponsors listed below, who helped make this dinner a spectacular event!


Southwest Airlines
The Boeing Company
GE Aviation
National Air Traffic Controllers Association


Airlines for America
Air Traffic Control Association
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
National Business Aviation Association
Pratt & Whitney


Rockwell Collins


Aerospace Industries Association
Airports Council International NA
Air Line Pilots Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Cargo Airline Association
JetBlue Airways


American Association of Airport Executives
The MITRE Corporation
National Air Carrier Association
National Association of State Aviation Officials
The Wicks Group