Paul E. Haueter Award

Paul E. Haueter Award

The Paul E. Haueter Award was instituted in 1966 and is given for an outstanding technical contribution to the field of vertical take-off and landing aircraft development other than a helicopter or an operational vertical flight aircraft. The award honors an aeronautical engineer, devoted public servant, and VFS officer who was instrumental in fostering the early development of VTOL aircraft in the United States.

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  • Alex Stoll
  • Joby Aviation

Alex Stoll, a pioneer of electric flight and low-noise propulsion, developed a comprehensive system optimization model that resulted in the Joby electric VTOL air taxi designs. Stoll was a co-inventor on 21 patents, a co-author of numerous technical papers, and an active officer of the VFS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Alex Stoll, Joby Aviation's first full-time employee, was tragically killed in a car accident in February, 2023.
  • Dr. Martine Rothblatt
  • Founder and Chair
  • United Therapeutics

Dr. Martine Rothblatt has instigated multiple earth-shattering innovations that have transformed society for the better in the fields of communication, medicine and electric aviation.
  • John W. Piasecki
  • President and CEO
  • Piasecki Aircraft Corporation

Over his 35-year career, John Piasecki has led the company’s many innovative projects, most of which have been focused on novel VTOL research, development and flight demonstration programs to extend VTOL performance and capabilities beyond that of conventional helicopters.
  • Gwen Lighter
  • CEO
  • GoFly

Gwen Lighter, the CEO of GoFly, was honored with the prestigious Paul E. Haueter Award for creating and executing the inspiring GoFly Prize International Competition. Over the past five years, Lighter has been a “force of nature” — formulating and inspiring others with her vision of personal flying devices, securing over $2M in sponsorships, and launching an international competition that drew 3,800 innovators participating on 854 teams (100+ university teams) from 103 countries on six continents.
The GoFly Final Fly Off on Feb. 29, 2020 drew dozens of the world’s most inventive vertical flight innovators; the Grand Prize was not claimed, so the competition continues.
  • Dr. Benjamin Tigner
  • Karem Aircraft, Inc.

For his contributions to and leadership in the development of the optimum speed tiltrotor for military and civil applications, including all-electric urban air mobility applications.
Dr. Benjamin Tigner's foundation in physics and his 25+-year career in aircraft development provide the experience and knowledge to conduct this multidisciplinary optimization. His efforts have advanced design, development and testing of high-powered, redundant, individual blade control actuators, which are instrumental in supporting controllable flight of the rigid OSTR rotor system.
  • JoeBen Bevirt
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Joby Aviation Inc

For successfully demonstrating the world’s first high-speed multi-passenger electric VTOL aircraft.
  • Mark D. Moore
  • Engineering Director of Aviation at Uber Technologies
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Uber Technologies

For contributions to the advancements of transformative vertical flight research and electric propulsion through his 30 year career at NASA and today as Engineering Director of Aviation at Uber Technologies.
  • COL Mike Nyalko
  • US Marine Corps (Ret.)

For contributions to the advancements of vertical flight throughout his distinguished career as project test pilot, Director of the DARPA/Navy Advanced Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (ASTOVL) Advanced Development Program Office, and the first Director of Systems Engineering for the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST)/ Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program
  • Ron Kisor
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

For technical contributions and leadership, over a career spanning more than a quarter century, that have been instrumental in the success of the tiltrotor
  • Jay Carter, Jr.
  • President, CEO and Principal Design Engineer
  • Carter Aviation Technologies

For his achievements in slowed-rotor compound aircraft designs capable of providing unprecedented improvements in rotorcraft operational flexibility, efficiency, speed and safety
  • Richard Spivey
  • Former Director
  • US Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate

For more than 50 years of tireless efforts that resulted in the fielding of tiltrotor aircraft and the advancement of other innovative VTOL technologies
  • Ross Menger
  • 609 Program Director
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

For leadership instrumental in implementing aerodynamic and performance solutions to the V-22 and development of the 609
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  • Philip J. Dunford
  • Vice President and General Manager
  • Boeing Rotorcraft Systems

He is recognized for leadership of the V-22 Osprey operations and flight test efforts at the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, where he led a combined Government / Bell-Boeing Team which was instrumental in the V-22's return to flight and the aircraft's eventual deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Dr. John Zuk (posthumously)
  • Formerly Chief/Manager
  • NASA Ames

This year, the Haueter Award will be given to the late Dr. John Zuk of NASA Ames Research Center. John was the former chief of NASA’s Advanced Tiltrotor Technology Office and Manager of the NASA Short Haul Civil Tiltrotor Project and studies focusing on “runway independent aircraft,” which provided the underpinnings for much of NASA’s tiltrotor research.
John passed away in January 2008 and, accordingly, his wife Maureen accepted this award on his behalf.
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  • Tommie L. Wood
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

For his leading role in the development of the tiltrotor including the XV-15, the V-22 and the BA609.
Mr. Wood over the span of his career has played a leading role in the development of the tiltrotor, including the XV-15, the V-22, the BA-609 and more recently the conceptual design of the Quad tiltrotor.
  • Paul M. Bevilaqua
  • Manager for Advanced Development Programs
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Harold J. Rosenstein
  • Phantom Works Site Manager for Advanced Army Programs
  • The Boeing Company

For his contribution to VSTOL development ranging from tilt-wings to tiltrotors to highly innovative concepts such as folding rotors and vectors thrust fixed-wing aircraft.
  • Major General Michael A. Hough
  • Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation
  • US Marine Corps

For his continuing and tireless efforts on behalf of VTOL aircraft.
  • Michael A. McVeigh
  • Senior Technical Fellow
  • The Boeing Company

For his contributions advancing the technology of tiltwing and tiltrotor aircraft.
  • Dr. James A. Franklin

Dr. James A. Franklin has been a guiding force in the development of hovering and low speed flying qualities over the last 30-years.
  • Allen H. Schoen
  • David H. Snyder
  • Director of Engineering
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

Has made significant contributions to the development of vertical take-off and landing aircraft other than helicopters.
  • John Sprague
  • Design Engineer
  • Pratt & Whitney

For his significant contributions to the development of vertical take-off and landing aircraft other than helicopters.
  • Harold R. Alexander

For his significant contributions to the development of vertical take-off and landing aircraft other than helicopters.
  • Cypher Unmanned Vehicle Program Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Dr. Richard M. Carlson
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  • Charles W. Ellis (posthumously) and Stanley Martin Jr.
  • MG Harold W. Blot
  • US Marine Corps

For his work as program manager of the Harrier AV-8B and V-22 Osprey programs.
  • V-22 Team
  • and NAVAIR
  • Troy Gaffey
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Richard Stansbury
  • Bell

For initial test flying on the Bell XV-3 tilt rotor.
  • William Quinlan
  • Bell Helicopters Textron
  • LTC Russel M. Stromberg
  • US Marine Corps

Lt. Col. Russel M. stromberg, USMC, was selected for his work as operation test director and officer in charge for the operational evaluation of the AV-8B Harrier II aircraft.
Lt. Col. Russel M. Stromberg, left, receives the Haueter Award from Horner.
  • Gordon M. Lewis
  • Technical Director
  • Rolls-Royce Ltd.

For his work with the Pegasus family of vectored thrust engines.
  • John P. Magee
  • Manager, Power Lift Technology
  • NASA Ames Research Center

For his work with the XV-15 tilt rotor research aircraft.
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  • McDonnell Douglas Corp.

In recognition of their development of the AV-8B Harrier Aircraft System.
The AV-8B, developed by McDonnell Douglas with British Aerospace participation, is an advanced version of the AV-8A Harrier. It is a light attach aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoffs and landings. With minor modifications to the Harrier engine and airframe, and with the addition of a supercritical graphite wing, McDonnell Douglas engineers have doubled the payload of the Harrier at a far lower cost than designing an entirely new aircraft.
  • 40' x 80' Wind Tunnel Staff
  • NASA Ames Research Center

For their instrumental work in the development of VTOL aircraft. The staff has been active in research on rotary wing and other VTOL aircraft since 1953 when they conducted tests on the McDonell XV-1 compound helicopter.
Since then, tests in the facility have been instrumental in the development of such VTOL aircraft as the XV-3 and XV-15 tilt rotor research aircraft, the XV-5 lift fan airplane, and the AV-8B VTOL fighter. The staff also conducted tests of the rotor systems of many conventional helicopters, including the H-34, UH-1, PH-6, and the S-76. The award was accepted by Mark W. Kelly.
  • Robert M. Williams
  • X-Wing Program Manager
  • David W. Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

In recognition of his leadership in the development of the X-Wing Concept.
Williams was noted as the driving force behind the X-Wing development bringing the technology from the concept stage to full scale application. The success of the wind tunnel program was a direct result of the successful integration of a government/ industry technical team headed by Williams and Paul Kesling of Lockheed. Testing was conducted by a coordinated Navy/NASA/ Lockheed crew under the director of AI Potthast of Lockheed and John Mc-Cloud of NASA. William's own technical capabilities contributed significantly and made the difference between concept formulation and making the X-Wing program a reality in full-scale application.
  • LTG Thomas H. Miller, Jr.
  • US Marine Corps
  • Kenneth G. Wernicke
  • Chief VTOL Project Engineer
  • Bell Helicopter Textron

For his 12 years of devoted leadership in tilt-rotor technology and design which made possible the first flight of the XV-15 in 1977.
  • Mark W. Kelly
  • Chief of the Large Scale Aerodynamics Branch
  • NASA Ames research Center

For his contributions in the increasingly- important area of vertical-flight research through the testing of many experimental VTOL concepts, including proprotor, fan-in-wing, ducted fans, vectored thrust, and components in the full-scale wind tunnel at NASA-Ames Research Center.
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  • Robert L. Lichten
  • Director, Advanced Engineering
  • Bell Helicopter Company

For his outstanding and remarkable achievement in advanced VTOL design, and in particular his effort on tilt-proprotor concepts.
Thomas Lichten received the Paul E. Haueter Memorial Award given posthumously to his late father, Robert L. Lichten.
  • LTG Keith B. McCutcheon
  • US Marine Corps

For his part in the introduction of the Harrier into Marine Corps forces.
  • Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

For significant contribution to development of vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, other than heli· copters, for their development of the LM as exemplified by its operation to and from the moon.
  • Peter G. Kappus
  • Consulting Engineer, Group Technical Planning Operation
  • General Electric Co.

For lift fan and propulsion system concepts applicable to vertical-takeoff-and-Ianding aircraft other than helicopters.
  • John P. Campbell
  • Associate Chief Flight Mechanics & Technology Division
  • NASA Langley Research Center

For his personal contributions to and capable direction of NASA Research Programs which have provided a sound technology base for a large number of VTOL configurations.
  • Hawker-Siddeley Aviation
  • Hawker-Siddeley Group, Ltd.

For successful development through field operational evaluation of the P.1127 Kestrel Jet V/STOL tactical fighter incorporating the Pegasus 5 vectored-thrust turbofan engine.
  • XC-142A Tri-Service
  • Prime Contractor
  • LTV Aerospace Corp.

For the design, development and successful testing of the XC-142A tilt-wing V/STOL transport aircraft.

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