2002 - Dr. Tom D. Crouch

Dr. Tom D. Crouch, respected author, editor, lecturer and scholar of aviation history was awarded the Achievement in Aviation Award for his outstanding efforts and contributions to the education and preservation of aviation history including his scholarly work regarding the lives of the Wright brothers and their development of the airplane.  Dr. Crouch was a curator for the National Air and Space Museum (NASM); Chairman of the Aeronautics Department of NASM in 1990; was named Senior Curator, Aeronautics in 1999; was appointed to the Federal Advisory Board by President Clinton to plan activities commemorating the first flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 2003.  He has authored 15 books and numerous articles related to history of flight technology.