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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-12-2007 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
National Aeronautic Association release
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Captain Eugene A. Cernan, USN, (Ret.)

- Astronaut, Navy Pilot, Aerospace Ambassador And Last Person To Walk On The Moon -

Is The Winner Of The 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the oldest aviation organization in the United States, is very proud to announce that Captain Eugene Cernan, USN, (Ret) is the winner of the 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

The trophy, presented annually by NAA, is awarded "...to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." It is one of the most prestigious aviation trophies in the world and previous winners include Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorski, Juan Trippe, Senator Barry Goldwater, Kelly Johnson, Herb Kelleher, Neil Armstrong, and Senator John Glenn.

Captain Cernan was selected for the trophy due to his extraordinary lifetime of achievement as an Astronaut, Naval Aviator, and Ambassador for Aerospace.

"We are very proud that Gene Cernan has been selected to receive the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy," explained Walter Boyne, Chairman of NAA. "It is one of the great honors in aviation, and Captain Cernan deserves it for all he has done for the United States and its aerospace industry."

One of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963, Cernan helped pilot the Gemini IX mission in 1966, and, during the mission, became the second American to walk in space. He subsequently served as backup pilot for Gemini 12 and as backup pilot for Apollo 7. On his second space flight, in 1969, he was lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the final test of an Apollo lunar module. During this mission he piloted the Lunar Module to within 8 nautical miles of the lunar surface. Cernan's next assignment was backup spacecraft commander for Apollo 14.

He made his third space flight as Spacecraft Commander of Apollo 17 -- the last scheduled manned mission to the moon for the United States -- which commenced at 11:33 P.M. (CST), December 6, 1972. With him on the voyage of the command module "America" and the lunar module "Challenger" were Ronald Evans (Command Module Pilot) and Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt (Lunar Module Pilot). In maneuvering "Challenger" to a landing at Taurus-Littrow, located on the southeast edge of Mare Serenitatis, Cernan and Schmitt activated a base of operations from which they completed three highly successful excursions to the nearby craters and the Taurus Mountains, making the Moon their home for over three days. This last mission to the moon established several new records for manned space flight that include: longest manned lunar landing flight (301 hours 51 minutes); longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours 6 minutes); largest lunar sample return (an estimated 115 kg (249 lbs.); and longest time in lunar orbit (147 hours 48 minutes). Apollo 17 ended with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean approximately 0.4 miles from the target point and 4.3 miles form the prime recovery ship USS TICONDEROGA.

After logging 566 hours and 15 minutes in space -- of which more than 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon -- Cernan assumed additional duties for NASA on the development and evaluation of the joint United States/Soviet Union Apollo-Soyuz mission and he acted for the program manager as the senior United States negotiator in direct discussions with the USSR on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

As a Navy Officer, Captain Cernan accumulated over 5000 hours of flying time mostly in jet aircraft and made over 200 aircraft carrier landings. He currently advises NASA on the planned Lunar and Mars missions and has been deeply involved with the Bombardier Safety Standdown – one of the largest safety conferences in the world -- for the last eight years. He is rated and Captain qualified in the Lear 40 and 45.

His honors and awards include the Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration; induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame; Naval Aviation Hall of Fame; and the U.S. Space Hall of Fame; two NASA Distinguished Service Medals; the NASA Exceptional Service Medal; the Joint Chiefs of Staff Superior Achievement Award; two Navy Distinguished Service Medals; the Navy Astronaut Wings; the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross; the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Special Trustees Award; and the Fédèration Aéronautique Internationale Gold Space Medal for 1972.

Captain Cernan will receive this prestigious trophy at the Aero Club of Washington’s Wright Memorial Dinner on December 14, 2007.

Jonathan Gaffney, President of NAA and Chairman of the Selection Committee, offered "We had many commendable nominations for this great trophy, but Captain Cernan’s lifetime of achievement made him a very worthy choice."

NAA is a non-profit, membership organization devoted to fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and to promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States. For more information about our programs, please check our Web site www.naa.aero.


spaceman1953
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posted 09-12-2007 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations on another fine award !

Commander Cernan took part in the dedication of the Wilbur Wright Memorial Birthplace, Millville, Indiana, back in 1975 (?).

He was most gracious to the crowd the whole time I was there, signed anything presented to him for a signature, and seemed to thorougly enjoy himself that day, especially with the "kids".

And I paid 56.9-cents a gallon on the interstate that day to put in my Volkswagan, and SWORE that I would sell it when it hit $ 1 ! Oh, the good old days !

Gene Bella

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posted 12-11-2007 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wondering if any DC area people might be going to this. I do not have a ticket but might be in DC on other business this Friday. I wondered if I were to check out the lobby area of the hotel that evening if I might see some other VIPs or perhaps other astronauts in attendance.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-17-2007 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bombardier Aerospace release
Bombardier Aerospace Congratulates Eugene A. Cernan, 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy Winner

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Thirty-five years ago, on December 14, 1972, after spending three days on the moon, Eugene A. Cernan returned to the Apollo 17 lunar-lander and stepped into the history books as the last man to leave his imprint on the dusty lunar surface.

Last Friday, December 14, on the anniversary of this historic event, Bombardier Aerospace was among the more than 800 guests in attendance at the 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner held in Washington D.C., to congratulate Eugene A. Cernan - astronaut, naval aviator, aerospace ambassador and last person to walk on the moon - on winning the 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Bombardier was a principal sponsor of this prestigious event.

Captain Cernan (USN-retired) has been a Bombardier Ambassador for the Business Aircraft unit of Bombardier Aerospace since 1997, and he has played a pivotal role over the past eight years at the annual Bombardier Safety Standdown - the pre-eminent aviation safety seminar in the industry - held in Wichita, Kansas, each year.

"Bombardier is proud of its association with Gene Cernan," said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. "This award is a testament to the many outstanding achievements he has accomplished over the course of his illustrious career in aerospace and highlights the respect in which Gene is held by the aerospace community. We wish to extend our warmest congratulations to Captain Cernan on this memorable occasion."

The Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, presented annually by the National Aeronautic Association at the Aero Club of Washington's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner, is awarded "to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." It is one of the most prestigious aviation trophies in the world. Previous winners include Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorski, Senator Barry Goldwater, Herb Kelleher, Neil Armstrong and Senator John Glenn.

Captain Cernan was selected for his extraordinary lifetime of achievements.

As an astronaut during the early years of the space program, Cernan voyaged into outer space three times. One of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963, he helped pilot the Gemini IX mission in 1966 and became the second American to walk in space.

On his second space flight, in 1969, he was lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the final test of an Apollo lunar module. During this mission he piloted the Lunar Module to within eight nautical miles of the moon's surface. Cernan's next assignment was backup spacecraft commander for Apollo 14.

Finally, in 1972, as Spacecraft Commander of Apollo 17 - the last scheduled manned mission to the moon for the United States -he stepped into history as the last man to walk on the moon. He is also one of only three humans ever to make two trips to the moon.

After logging 566 hours and 15 minutes in space during his astronaut tour - of which more than 75 were spent on the surface of the moon - Cernan assumed additional duties for NASA in 1973 relating to the development and evaluation of the joint United States/Soviet Union Apollo-Soyuz mission. He also acted for the program manager as the senior United States negotiator in direct discussions with the USSR on the Apollo-Suyuz Test Project.

In 1976, after serving 20 years as a Naval aviator, Captain Cernan retired from the United States Navy. He has accumulated over 9,000 hours of flying time - mostly in jet aircraft - and made over 200 carrier landings. During this time he was rated to fly the Learjet 35. He currently advises NASA on the planned Lunar and Mars missions and has been deeply involved with the Bombardier Safety Standdown - one of the largest safety conferences in the world - for the last eight years. A Bombardier Aerospace Ambassador since 1997, Cernan is also rated and Captain qualified for the Learjet 40 XR and 45 XR aircraft and has flown the Global Express and Challenger 300 business jets.

Captain Eugene A. Cernan is president and chief executive officer of the Cernan Corporation, a space-related technology and marketing consulting firm. He is the former chairman of Johnson Engineering Corporation, a NASA contractor, prior to its acquisition by SPACEHAB Inc.

In addition, he acts as a special consultant with television networks in on-camera support of space and related documentary programming. He is featured in Ron Howard's movie, In the Shadow of the Moon. In 2000, his book The Last Man on the Moon was published to much acclaim.

His honours and awards include the Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration; induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame; Naval Aviation Hall of Honor; the U.S. Space Hall of Fame; and the 2007 Spirit of Lindbergh Award; two NASA Distinguished Service Medals; the NASA Exceptional Service Medal; the Joint Chiefs of Staff Superior Achievement Award; two Navy Distinguished Service Medals; the Navy Astronaut Wings; the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross; a television Emmy Award for Apollo 10; and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Space Medal for 1972.


MCroft04
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posted 12-17-2007 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had the pleasure of meeting Gene twice, including dinner at San Antonio UACC. He's a classy guy with a silver tongue deserving of this award! Wish I could have been there.

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