Membership Categories

A person who, prior to 11 November 1918 as a commissioned officer in any component of the United States Armed Forces, held a rating as a military pilot of heavier-than- air powered aircraft.
A commissioned military officer, warrant officer or Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in any component of the United States Armed Forces who is a pilot, navigator, combat systems officer (CSO), naval flight officer (NFO), air battle manager (ABM), remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilot or flight surgeon of heavier than air powered aircraft or astronaut and is accepted as a member to perpetuate the membership of a Founder Member. Normally, only two Named Members are authorized but the National Adjutant may add additional memberships.”
A descendant, real or adopted, of a Founder Member. There is no limit to Hereditary Members authorized for any one Founder Membership.

A distinguished person who is not otherwise eligible for membership in the Order. The National Board of Directors screens recommendations and selects the nominee to be submitted to the vote of the active membership. At least three quarters of the votes cast must be in favor of the nominee’s designation as an Honorary Member. The number of Honorary Members shall not exceed fifteen at any one time.

Current Honorary Members

Mr. Don H. Clausen – 1983
Mr. Christopher C. Kraft – 1983
Mr. Keith Ferris – 1984
Mr. Oliver R. Crawford – 1994
Lt Gen Paul K. Carlton – 1998
Dr. Benjamin S. Lambeth – 2002

Current Honorary Members

Mr. Michael W. Melvill – 2006
Mr. Fowler W. Cary, Jr. – 2007
Dr. Hans M. Mark – 2015
Mr. Richard P. Hallion – 2016
Mr. Laird Levoy – 2016

Past Honorary Members

Induction Year, Year of Death

Orville Wright – 1938, 1948
Gerald C. Brandt – 1954, 1958
Alexander P. de Seversky – 1956, 1974
Igor I. Sikorsky – 1957, 1972
Thomas D. White – 1957, 1965
Thomas D. Campbell – 1957, 1966
John K. Northrop – 1957, 1981
Donald W. Douglas – 1957, 1981
James H. Douglas – 1960, 1988
Otis O. Benson, Jr. – 1961, 1982
Clayton C. Shangraw – 1961, 1983
Ernest C. Hall – 1962, 1972
Robert C. Reeve – 1963, 1980
Grover C. Loening – 1973, 1976
E.B. Jeppesen – 1974, 1996
Robert M. Stanley – 1974, 1977
Clarence L. Johnson – 1975, 1991
George E. Haddaway – 1977, 1988

Past Honorary Members

Induction Year, Year of Death

John P.Stapp – 1981, 1999
James J. Parks – 1985, 2001
Jerome F. Lederer – 1985, 2004
Gerhard Neumann – 1986, 1997
Milton A. Caniff – 1987, 1988
Edward H. Heinemann – 1987, 1981
Paul E. Garber – 1988, 1992
Anthony W. Levier – 1988, 1998
Ernest K. Gann – 1990, 1991
Edna Gardner Whyte – 1990, 1992
Scott Crpssfield – 1993, 2006
Jeffrey L. Ethel – 1994, 1997
Mr. Robert A. Hoover – 1994, 2016
Alvin S. White – 1994, 2006
John W. Myers – 1998, 2008
Michael J. Novosel – 1998, 2006
William J. Reynolds – 1998, 2006