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The 29th Annual


Neal Blue

Neal Blue

The Athenaeum, California Institute of Technology
Thursday, 6 p.m., October 17, 2013




The Aerospace Historical Society and the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology have a rich heritage in the preservation of the world history of aerospace and in the recognition of renowned aerospace pioneers.

Since 1985 the Society has honored many aerospace pioneers with the International von Kármán Wings Award.

award statue




The 2013 recipient is Neal Blue, Chairman and CEO, General Atomics. He is being recognized for his visionary and leadership contributions to the aerospace industry, in particular, transforming UAVs from science fiction to agile systems and pioneering novel applications of UAVs for our national defence and security.




Shirley Thomas The Aerospace Historical Society established an Academic Scholarship in 2010 in memory of its founder Dr. Shirley Thomas. The award is presented annually at the International von Kármán Wings Award banquet to a student in aerospace engineering or a related science that shows promise for continued future contributions to the field. Learn more »