AOPA President Phil Boyer congratulates EAA founder Paul Poberezny on receiving the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.
Paul H. Poberezny, AOPA 117957, was awarded one of aviation's most prestigious honors last night. The founder and current chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association received the 2002 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy during ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
"Paul has been a passionate warrior for sport aviation and all who dream to follow in the Wright brothers' footsteps," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "His 389,000 fellow AOPA members salute him for a lifetime devoted to sharing the wonder of flight, with his wife Audrey at his side."
The Wright Brothers trophy has been awarded since 1948 by the National Aeronautic Association to honor significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. It's presented each year on or about December 17, the anniversary of the Wright's first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Previous winners have included such luminaries as Charles Lindbergh, Donald Douglas, and Neil Armstrong.