AOPA President Phil Boyer in the AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes grand prize, a fully restored 1940 Waco UPF-7.
AOPA is the 2003 recipient of the Waco Historical Society's (WHS's) Clayton Brukner Award. The award is given to the person or group who demonstrates a longtime devotion to the causes, goals, and principles of the WHS. The award is named for one of the four founding members of the Weaver Aircraft Company.
"AOPA is proud to receive an award named for one of aviation's earliest pioneers from an organization like the Waco Historical Society," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "It celebrates the wind-in-your-face roots of general aviation. We honor that tradition, too, with our Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco. But even as we give a nod to the past, we keep an eye on the future to ensure GA's continued success."
In notifying Boyer of the award, Marla Simon Boone, chair of the WHS Board of Trustees, said, "I deeply appreciate [AOPA's] continued efforts on behalf of general aviation."
The award will be presented in late August at the banquet that concludes the annual Waco fly-in at Troy, Ohio. Troy was the home of the Waco factory, turning out aircraft from the 1920s until the mid-1940s.
"This is a group that truly appreciates these wonderful aircraft," said Boyer. "We're looking forward to giving them a good look at our Waco during their fly-in and will be honored to accept the Clayton Brukner Award."