The Wright Memorial Dinner

The Aero Club of Washington hosts the annual Wright Memorial Dinner, which honors that year’s recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, on the Friday closest to December 17 – First Flight Day. This gala, black-tie event attracts hundreds of attendees every year and is one of Washington aviation’s biggest celebrations.

Colleen 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.

Photos from the 2016 Wright Memorial Dinner

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

DIAMOND

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

PLATINUM

Airlines for America
Air Traffic Control Association
ASIG/Signature
Bombardier
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
National Business Aviation Association
Pratt & Whitney
Rolls-Royce

GOLD

Rockwell Collins

SILVER

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

BRONZE

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