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, has been selected as 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 will be presented with the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy at the Aero Club of Washington’s Wright Memorial Dinner.  The dinner will be held on Friday, December 16, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, in Washington, DC.

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The 2015 Wright Memorial Dinner was held on Friday, December 11, at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Connecticut Avenue. The recipient of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy was world-renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan.

View the 2015 Wright Dinner Gallery

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

Airlines for America
Lockheed Martin
National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Air Traffic Control Association
BBA Aviation
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
International Air Transport Association
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
National Business Aviation Association
Pratt & Whitney

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

American Association of Airport Executives
Etihad Airways
Experimental Aircraft Association
JetBlue Airways
The MITRE Corporation
National Air Carrier Association
National Association of State Aviation Officials
The Wicks Group