Aerospace Educators Sought For Crossfield Award

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the 25th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend and an expenses-paid trip for two to the Hall of Fame's annual enshrinement event in Dayton, Ohio. The award recognizes public-school aerospace educators in grades K through 12 for effectiveness, creativity, and the ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves. The award is named for research test pilot Scott Crossfield (1921-2006), who was the first pilot to exceed both Mach 2 and Mach 3, and the first pilot of the X-15. The deadline for nominations is May 1. Details are posted at the NAHF web site. The award is funded by the Scott Crossfield Foundation.

The 2010 Crossfield Award Winner was Lt. Col. Herbert W. (Bill) Powley of Erwin, Tenn. Powley is a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate who flew 347 missions during the Vietnam War and twice was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After retiring, he began a second career as an instructor for an Air Force Junior ROTC unit in Erwin, Tenn., in 1991. Over the next 19 years he developed an award-winning program that helped thousands of students take orientation flights and dozens of the cadets to fly solo. Several of his former students have become military or professional pilots. Lt. Col. Powley spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady this week about his program; click here to listen to the podcast.