Ray E. Tenhoff Award

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The Ray E. Tenhoff Award recognizes the most outstanding technical paper presented at the annual Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) Symposium in Los Angeles, California.[1] The award was established in 1962 and is given in memory of Convair test pilot, Ray E. Tenhoff, founder and first president of SETP.[2] Tenhoff was killed in B-58 Hustler accident on April 22, 1960.[3]


The award is determined by a panel of judges at the completion of the annual SETP Symposium in Los Angeles, California.[1] The award, consisting of a plaque and cash honorarium, is presented at the annual Awards Banquet.[1]


Recipients of this award, from 1962 to present, include:[4]

  • 1962—Thomas P. Frost
  • 1963—Donald R. Segner
  • 1964—Glenn M. Gray
  • 1965—Drury W. Wood, Jr.
  • 1966—Fred W. Haise, Jr.
  • 1967—Drury W. Wood, Jr.
  • 1968—Olle Klinker and Erik Dahlstrom
  • 1969—Larry G. Van Pelt
  • 1970—James Pollitt
  • 1971—Norm Driscoll
  • 1972—Paul S. Norton
  • 1973—Flt Lt John Potter, RAF
  • 1974—Karl-Eric Henriksson
  • 1975—Charles C. Bock, Jr.
  • 1976—Lt Col John H. Taylor, USAF
  • 1977—Raymond L. McPherson
  • 1978—A. Scott Crossfield
  • 1979—John E. Krings
  • 1980—LCDR Richard N. Richards, USN and Carroll D. Pilcher
  • 1981—Maj Ivan M. Behel, USMC and William B. McNamera
  • 1982—G. Warren Hall and LTC Robert K. Merrill, USA
  • 1983—Charles A. Sewell
  • 1984—G. Warren Hall and LTC Patrick M. Morris, USA
  • 1985—Stephen Ishmael and Lt Col Ted Wierzbanowski, USAF
  • 1986—Lt Col Frank T. Birk
  • 1987—William H. Dana and Nicholas D. Lappos
  • 1988—Laurence A. Walker and Lt Col William R. Neely, Jr., USAF
  • 1989—LCDR Mike Carriker, USN and SqnLdr David Southwood, RAF
  • 1990—LCDR Kent Rominger, USN and Jennings Bryant, NATC
  • 1991—Capt Chris A. Hadfield, RCAF and Sharon W. Houck
  • 1992—C. Gordon Fullerton and Maj Regis Hancock, USAF
  • 1993—C. Gordon Fullerton
  • 1994—Maj William J. Norton, USAF and Maj Pamela A. Melroy, USAF
  • 1995—Capt Ricardo Traven, CAF, Susan E. Whitley and F. Alan Frazier
  • 1996—Capt Maurice Girard, CAF and Capt Stuart McIntosh, CAF
  • 1997—Capt Greg Weber, USAF and Maj Kevin Christensen, USAF
  • 1998—Ricardo Traven, John Hagan
  • 1999—Ralph Johnston and Robert Ryan
  • 2000—Horst Philipp
  • 2001—Maj Tim McDonald, USAF and Steve Barter
  • 2002—Ricardo Traven, The Boeing Company
  • 2003—Burt Rutan, Doug Shane
  • 2004—Bill Gray
  • 2005—Norman Howell
  • 2006—Maj Douglas Wickert, USAF
  • 2007—Justin Paines, QinetiQ; Buddy Denham, Naval Air Systems Command
  • 2008—Lt Col Daniel D. Daetz, USAF; Maj Jack D. Fischer, USAF; Brian Knaup, Dept. of the USAF
  • 2009—Robert A. Rivers, NASA
  • 2010—Flt Lt Dane Petersen, RAAF and Sqn Ldr Darren Hughes, RAAF
  • 2011—Sqn Ldr Simon Seymour-Dale, RAF
  • 2012—Aaron Tobias, Cessna and Maurice Girard, Cessna
  • 2013—Mark Stucky, Clint Nichols, Mike Alsbury, Scaled Composites
  • 2014—Maj Casey Richardson, USAF, Capt Michael Pacini, USAF, P. Travis Millet, Dept. of the Air Force
  • 2015—Lt Brent Robinson, USN, James Denham, Dept. of the Navy


  1. ^ a b c "Ray E. Tenhoff Award Criteria". Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ray E. Tenhoff Award. 52nd Awards Banquet. Privately Published. September 27, 2008. 
  3. ^ Conner, N.; Jay Miller (July 2007). "The Wreck of the Hustler; The Great Salt Lake claims a victim". Flight Journal. Ridgefield, CT: Air Age Media. Retrieved September 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ray E. Tenhoff Award Recipients". Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Retrieved October 10, 2015.