The 2017 Wright Memorial Dinner honored Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, USMC (Ret.), Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and recipient of this year’s NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. He is recognized for “his courageous and dedicated service to the country and his commitment to sharing the history and technology of aviation and space flight with present and future generations.”

The Aero Club’s Wright Memorial Dinner was held on Friday, December 15, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The gala reception was followed by dinner and presentation of the Trophy. This was one of  Washington’s most anticipated events, with a hosted reception, fabulous food and wine, and the aviation community in all of its black-tie splendor!