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59th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony

The National Aviation Hall of Fame to Present Congressional Leadership Award to Congressman Sam Graves and Senator Jerry Moran

Dayton, OH - August 24, 2023- The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Board of Trustees proudly announces the distinguished recipients of the inaugural National Aviation Hall of Fame Congressional Leadership Award. Chairman of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Congressman Sam Graves, and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Senate Commerce Committee -Aviation Subcommittee, Senator Jerry Moran, will be honored for their outstanding contributions to American Aviation and Aerospace.

Established by the NAHF Board of Trustees, the Congressional Leadership Award pays homage to exceptional American leaders whose dedicated public service has bolstered the nation's strength and significantly propelled advancements in aviation and aerospace. This novel award series seeks to recognize individuals of remarkable character and integrity whose service and initiatives have significantly impacted the United States' continued global leadership in aeronautics.

NAHF Chair Jim Cooling enthusiastically stated, "We couldn't envision more deserving recipients for this inaugural honor. Congressman Graves and Senator Moran's unwavering commitment to advancing general aviation, enhancing aviation safety, fostering education, and promoting accessibility has left an indelible mark on the industry and our nation. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to them for their leadership and are honored to present them with this prestigious award."

The awards will be formally presented during The President's Reception, scheduled for September 21, 2023, as part of the National Aviation Hall of Fame's 59th Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony. The President's Reception will also feature the presentation of the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award, The Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award, and the Armstrong Aerospace Award.

On September 22, 2023, the Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony, led by emcee CNN's Pete Muntean, will feature the formal induction of the NAHF Enshrinee Class of 2023. This remarkable class includes pioneers (the late) Velta Benn and (the late) Cornelius Coffey, visionaries Angela Gittens and (the late) Ed Stimpson, and aerospace heroes Fred Haise and Kathryn Sullivan.

Over the course of two days in Washington D.C., aviation enthusiasts, government and industry leaders, and esteemed returning Enshrinees, such as Major General Charles Bolden, Colonel Eileen Collins, Captain Robert Crippen, Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Clay Lacy, Sean Doherty Tucker, and others, will convene to celebrate aviation's legacy and future.

The 59th NAHF Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony is accessible to the public through advance registration only. Limited sponsorship opportunities and individual seats are still available. Committed sponsors to date include Cirrus Aircraft, National Business Aviation Association, Hartzell Aviation, Cooling & Herbers P.C., Jet Aviation, Airports Council International, Army Aviation Association of America, Avelo Airlines, Boeing, Bombardier, Cardinal Aviation Advisors, Commemorative Air Force, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, GE Aerospace, Gulfstream, JFK International Terminal, NetJets, Rolls-Royce, The Space Hipsters, Textron Aviation, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Boom Aerospace, and Embraer.

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