The 2017 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.
The 2017 Wright Memorial Dinner will honor 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 being 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 will be held on Friday, December 15, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The gala reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and presentation of the Trophy. This is one of the Washington’s most anticipated events, with a hosted reception, fabulous food and wine, and the aviation community in all of its black-tie splendor!
Individual seats and tables are available and we’ve kept the same prices as last year! Additionally, there are many sponsorship opportunities available, which provide premium placement, visibility and recognition.
We hope you will join us this year to celebrate Gen. Dailey and his longtime public service and his stewardship of the National Air and Space Museum!
The 2016 Wright Memorial Dinner
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.
We are grateful to the Wright Memorial Dinner sponsors listed below, who helped make last year’s dinner a spectacular event!
The Boeing Company
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
Aerospace Industries Association
Airports Council International NA
Air Line Pilots Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Cargo Airline Association
American Association of Airport Executives
The MITRE Corporation
National Air Carrier Association
National Association of State Aviation Officials
The Wicks Group