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"Kelly" Johnson Award
The Society periodically presents awards for recognition of excellence in flight test engineering and significant contributions to the Society. The award for excellence in flight test engineering is a single annual award known as the Kelly Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Flight Test Engineering, with the initial award having been presented to Clarence J. ‘Kelly’ Johnson at the 1973 Symposium.

1973    Clarence L. 'Kelly' JohnsonLockheed Skunk Works
1974 Ronald A. MagnusonBell Helicopter
1975 Jack StrierUS Air Force
1976 Harold CheneyMcDonnell Douglas
1977 Richard AbramsRockwell
1978 Robert D. SamuelsonMcDonnell Douglas
1979 Spirit 'TM' Flight Test TeamSikorsky

1980 Donald D. ArcherBoeing
1981 XV-15 Flight Test TeamBell Helicopter
1982 Frederick W. SchaeferGrumman
1983 Frederick N. StolikerUS Air Force Flight Test Center
1984 James H. LincolnBoeing
1985 Chester B. PayneLockheed
1986 Charles E. 'Pete' AdolphUS Air Force Flight Test Center
1987 William E. JenningsBell Helicopter
1988 Eugene J. ZehrMcDonnel Douglas
1989 Kenneth W. IliffNASA Dryden Flight Research Center

1990 Roger C. CraneUS Air Force Flight Test Center
1991 Joint STARS Test TeamGrumman Melbourne Systems, USAF, US Army
1992 Donald R. 'Sam' WyrickLockheed
1993 David E. Gibbings (Eur.Chapter) Westland Helicopters
1994 F-16 Multi-Axis Thrust Vectoring Test TeamGeneral Electric, Lockheed, US Air Force
1995 Joseper L. DunnNaval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
1996 Charles V. Van NormanUS Air Force Flight Test Center
1997 Richard R. HildebrandUS Air Force Flight Test Center
1998 Anatoly G. KruglovAviation Register, Russia
1999 R. Dale ReedNASA Dryden Flight Research Center

2000 Frank W. BurchamNASA Dryden Flight Research Center
2001 Col. George Ka’iliwai IIIUSAF Test Pilot School
2002 Charles E. ‘Chuck’ WebbNaval Air Warfare Center Aircraft division
2003 X-31 Vector Flight Test TeamUS Navy, Boeing, EADS, DLR, BWB, RJK Tech.
2004 Burt RutanScaled Composites
2005 Johnny ArmstrongUS Air Force Flight Test Center
2006 Gary L. AldrichUSAF Test Pilot School
2007 Robert G. ""Bob" HoeyUS Air Force Flight Test Center

David Gibbings, Westland, European Chapter member, received Kelly Johnson Award 1993

Mr. Anatoly G. Kruglov is Chairman of the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee, located in Moscow, Russia. In this position, Mr. Kruglov is chief of the agency that handles all civil certification issues for the Confederation of Independent States.

In 1960, Mr. Kruglov began working as an aeronautical engineer at the State Scientific Research Institute of the former aircraft, and he advanced within this organisation to Chief of the Flight Test Branch. Since the first days of the foundation of the State Aviation Register of the USSR (analogous to the FAA in the USA) in 1974, Mr Kruglov worked in this body as Chief of the Aircraft Certification Branch, then as department chief, and then as Chairman of the Aviation Register. In spite of his many duties in this position, he continues to participate directly in flight tests of the latest aircraft, often serving as a flight crew member and flight test engineer.

Throughout his outstanding 38-year career in flight test engineering, Mr. Kruglov has been directly involved in testing 97 types of civil airplanes and helicopters manufactured in Russia, the Ukraine and several other countries. He has participated in the flight tests of 47 aircraft types as flight crew member and flight test engineer.

During his career, Mr. Kruglov has specialised in many of the more critical test phases, such as airspeed and g-load envelop expansion, high angle-of-attack tests, engine and critical system failure testing, and flights in severe ambient conditions. Among the programs he has conducted are the Tu-104 and Tu-154 flight tests including full-scale simulation of critical flight modes, conducted to discover causes of aircraft crashes; tests of the Tu-114 under excessive take-off gross weights and with two engines failed and tests of the supersonic Tu-144.

In addition to Mr. Kruglov’s contributions in numerous flight test programs, he has facilitated the development of new flight test methods and aircraft certification processes, and significantly furthered the harmonisation of these processes between the FAR (Federal Regulations) and JAR (Joint European Regulation). For his contribution to aviation, he was awarded with governmental orders, as well as the Yury Gagarin and Andrey Tupolev medals. He has helped develop a generation of Russian and Ukrainian flight test engineers.

James S. McDonnell Award
The James S. McDonnell award was created to honor Flight Test Teams. The new Award has been named the “James S. McDonnell Award For Outstanding Team Achievement In The Field Of Flight Test Engineering” and will be awarded each year.

2006    X-43A Flight Test TeamNASA Dryden
NASA Langley
Orbital Sciences
2007 EA-18G “Growler” Flight Test TeamNorthrop Grumman Bethpage
Northrop Grumman (ES) Baltimore
VX-23 NAS Patuxent River
VX-31, VX-9, Advanced Weapons Lab NAWC-WD China Lake
VX-30 NAS Pt Mugu

Directors's Award
Recognition for significant and lasting contributions toward the welfare, stature, leadership, or membership of the Society is an award known as the Directors Award for Exceptional Dedication and Service to the Society of Flight Test Engineers. This award is given to a deserving individual(s) by the Society Officers and is presented to the recipient at the Annual Business Meeting or Symposium.

1985    Robert D. 'Bob' Johnstone
Roger H. Jones
US Air Force Flight Test Center (Retired)
1986 Jack Strier US Air Force Flight Test Center (Deceased)
1987 George P. Gayest
Ronald E. Hart
US Air Force Flight Test Center
1988 Clayton E. Houston Lockheed
1991 Wim Dijkshoorn Fokker (Deceased)
1992 John A. Taylor Veda
1993 J. Roy Combley Boeing (Retired)
1994 Gösta Niss Saab-Scania (retired)
1995 William Cutler Northrop Grumman (Retired)
1996 Roger L. Counts TYBRIN Corporation
1997 Clifford E. Moore Boeing
1998 Harold E. Weaver Boeing
1999 Franz J. Enzinger Daimler Chrysler Aerospace, Germany
2000 Alan R. Lawless National Test Pilot School
2001 Allan T. Webb US Air Force Flight Test Center
2002 Lee S. Gardner
Darcy S. Painter
Air Force Flight Test Center
Air Force Flight Test Center
2003 Dean Carico Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division
2004 Joseph G. Turner
Barbara A. Wood
2005 Tom Briggs Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division
2006 James Sergeant Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
2007 John L. Minor US Air Force Test Pilot School

Four European Chapters members have been awarded the Director’s Award so far. In 1991 Wim Dijkshoorn, first European Chapter President was awarded.

In 1994 the Society awarded the Directors' Award to Gösta Niss. Gösta has been a member of the Saab-Scania Company since 1953 and holds a master's degree in aeronautical engineering. He joined the Flight Test Department at Saab-Scania AB in Linköping, Sweden, as a flight test engineer in flight dynamics and has devoted his entire professional life to the flight testing and evaluation of all aircraft developed by Saab-Scania, from Saab 29, "The Flying Barrel", to the current ongoing projects the JAS39 "Gripen" and the Saab 2000. Worthy of special mention is his involvement with and important work on spin testing of both the Saab 35 "Draken" and the Saab 37 "Viggen".

As test manager, Gösta Niss was responsible for the development of test methods as well as for test instrumentation and data reduction. Another area in which he has been deeply involved is the testing of advanced escape systems for the Saab developed and produced military aircraft. In 1990 he was appointed member of the "JAS Envelope Expansion Group". Proof of his expertise is the fact that, at the time of retirement, he was requested to still remain with Saab flight test for leading the group and carrying out the high incidence trials of the JAS "Gripen".

Gösta Niss holds a pilot's license for single engine aircraft as well as for sailplanes, and he has won several national and local awards in sport flying competitions. Through his enthusiastic and professional approach to problems in many areas of flight testing, especially flight dynamics and methods to describe and evaluate aircraft behaviour, he has been a very important cog in the successful development of aircraft in Sweden which have been in the forefront of technology. This has made him a very good "teacher" for the new generations of flight test engineers. He joined SFTE in 1971 as the first Swedish member (membership No. 500). The results of his work through the years have been also given in three papers at SFTE symposia in 1974, 1975, and 1978. Gösta was an eager promoter for the creation of a European chapter in 1990 and was subsequently re-elected for another biennium.

In 1999 Franz Enzinger's commitment to helping lead the growth of the European Chapter earned him the Directors' Award for exceptional dedication and service to the Society of Flight Test Engineers. Franz is a Senior Member of the European Chapter. He joined SFTE in 1987 and soon after became the Chapter representative on the Technical Council, a position he held until June 1999. In 1993 he was elected Vice President of the Chapter. From 1995 to 1999 he served two terms as President. He was Chairman and led the organising committee for the 1992 European Chapter Symposium in Munich, Germany and the 1995 26th Annual International Symposium in Berlin, Germany.

Since its foundation in 1987 Franz had played an active part in the growth of the European Chapter and contributed significantly to what it represents today, some 200 members in 13 different countries.
Franz is also a graduate of the German Airforce/USAF Pilot Training and Fighter Weapons School. As an operational pilot he flew more than 1000 hours in the Lockheed F-104 G Starfighter. In 1976 he joined Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler Chrysler Aerospace) as a flight test engineer on the Tornado programme. During his 17 years in flight test he held the positions of head of Avionics/Armament, Flight Test Engineering, Flight Test Operations, Flight Test Manager Eurofighter and Deputy Director Flight Test. In addition to his experience and involvement in all major flight test programmes, between 1982 and 1986 he led the Avionics/Armament design team for the future German/European fighter. Franz currently is the Director Marketing/Programmes at the company's Manching plant.

In addition to his membership of SFTE, Franz is a member of AIAA, where he worked for 10 years on the Flight Test Technical Committee, a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has published papers for SFTE Symposia, AIAA Flight Test Conferences, ITEA and AGARD.

Society of Flight Test Engineers Fellow
The highest grade achievable in the Society is a Society of Flight Test Engineers Fellow. A Fellow has been a Senior Member in good standing for at least two years and has attained a position of notable distinction in the field of flight testing. Fellows are elected by their peers (those Fellows in good standing) and are awarded automatic lifetime membership in the Society along with the distinction and responsibility associated with this honor.

1994    Richard Abrams Los Angeles, California (Deceased)
1994 Charles E. Adolph Albuquerque, New Mexico
1994 Roger C. Crane Lancaster, California (Deceased)
1994 Jack Strier Lancaster, California (Deceased)
1994 Eugene J. Zehr Manchester, Missouri (Deceased)
1995 Donald D. Archer Clinton, Washington
1996 Clayton E. Houston Marietta, Georgia
1997 Charles V. Van Norman Wellington, Nevada
1998 John W. Beckett Irving, Texas
1999 Allan T. Webb Lancaster, California
2000 Dave J. Houle Laguna Beach, California
2001 James V. Upton Canyon Country, California
2002 Randall C. Smith Arligton, Texas
2003 William J. Norton California City, California
2004 Franz-Josef Enzinger Lenting, Bavaria, Germany
2005 Roger L. Counts Lancaster, California
2006 Harold E. Weaver Ballwin, Missouri.
2006 Ronald E. Hart Keizer Oregon
2007 John L. Minor California City, California
2007 James L. Seargeant Keller, Texas