International Order of Characters

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International Order of Characters
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An internationally recognized organization
Abbreviation IOC
Formation 1942
Purpose Aviation-Oriented Educational Foundation
Location
  • Darien, Connecticut
Region served
Worldwide
Chairman
Alton G. Hudson
Website IOC

The International Order of Characters (IOC) is an organization dedicated to improving the fields of Aviation and Aerospace.[1] The IOC also provides financial assistance to persons and organizations in fields related to Aviation and other technology industries.[2]

History[edit]

In the South Pacific theater, in the early days of World War II, a United States Army Air Forces flight surgeon, Captain James E. Crane, organized a group of American and Allied pilots under his care into a fraternal order that came to be called the International Order of Characters.[3] At their induction into the order, each member received a private nickname known only to the other members.[3] The private nicknames soon became public call-signs for the aviators as they recovered and returned to the war.[3] By 1943, the IOC had grown to nearly one thousand members, but activity in the order stopped when Crane was reassigned to the United States.[3]

In the early 1950s, Dr. Crane, then a flight examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration, reactivated the IOC at the urging of former members.[3] The reborn IOC became an education foundation that provided scholarships and grants to children of deceased or disabled pilots as well as to former members of the armed forces who studied for a degree in aviation-related fields of research.[3]

Publications[edit]

The order publishes the IOC Memorial Log commemorating those friends, family, or IOC members that have died.[4] The Memorial Log is presented at every meeting of the IOC.[4]

Conferences[edit]

The IOC typically hosts two meeting a year—an aviation symposium in the spring and a meeting in the fall.[3] These events have been held at locations throughout the world.[5]

Awards[edit]

During its annual meetings, the IOC recognizes aviation personalities and aviation achievement with the following trophies.[6] The IOC trophies are awarded on the basis of achievement in aviation, aerospace and associated fields of activity.[6] Recipients are not required to be IOC members.[6]

Aero Space Trophy Award[edit]

Recipients of the IOC Aero Space Trophy Award include:[7]

Character of the Year Award[edit]

Recipients of the IOC Character of the Year Award include:[8]

  • 1962—Roscoe Turner
  • 1963—Barry Goldwater
  • 1964—Adm. Daniel F. Smith
  • 1965—Maj. Gen. C.L. Mullins
  • 1966—V. Adm. C.E. Rosendahl
  • 1967—James E. Crane
  • 1969—Herman Salmon
  • 1970—R. Adm. George Dufek
  • 1971—Takofumi Hishikari
  • 1972—Sergei Sikorsky
  • 1973—John M. Conroy
  • 1974—Joseph U. Greely
  • 1975—Joseph Higgins
  • 1976—Clifford Henderson
  • 1977—Jack Garfield
  • 1979—John Boren
  • 1980—Douglas Moody
  • 1982—Vincent O'Toole
  • 1983—Henry J. Esposito
  • 1985—John E. Bach
  • 1986—Bruce Tingle
  • 1987—J. Sheldon Lewis
  • 1988—Fred E. Muhl
  • 1989—Richard G. Paul
  • 1990—Max Feibelman
  • 1992—Adriane Gladstone
  • 1993—Jerome P. Ashfield
  • 1995—Armand S. Toron
  • 2000—Alton G. Hudson
  • 2002—Donald J. Rauch

Pilot of the Year Award[edit]

Recipients of the IOC Pilot of the Year Award include:[8]

Scholarship fund[edit]

The IOC Scholarship Fund provides educational assistance to the descendants of pilots and to those pursuing careers in aviation or related industries.[2] The IOC also provides funding to organizations that issue individual scholarships to deserving candidates in fields related to aviation and other technology industries.[2]

Notable members[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of notable individuals who are or were members of the IOC.[6][7][8][10][11][12] If available, the individual's IOC nickname is also shown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IOC Mission". International Order of Characters. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "IOC Scholarship". International Order of Characters. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "IOC History Part 1". International Order of Characters. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "IOC Memorial Log" (PDF). International Order of Characters. June 12, 2003. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "IOC Events Past". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d "IOC History Part 2". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "IOC Aero Space Trophy Award". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "IOC Character and Pilot of the Year Award". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Dick Rutan Awards". Dick Rutan. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ "IOC Members". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Deceased IOC Members Since 2000 Publication". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  12. ^ "IOC Roster". International Order of Characters. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Elbert L. "Burt" Rutan Receives 2004 SAE Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award". Society of Automotive Engineers International. August 10, 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 

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