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16th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala Honorees

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY AWARD - Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford

Thomas Patten Stafford is an American former Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Stafford commissioned in the United States Air Force, flying the F-86 Sabre prior to becoming a test pilot. He was selected to become an astronaut in 1962 and flew aboard Gemini 6A and Gemini 9. In 1969, Stafford was the Commander of Apollo 10, the second crewed mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to an altitude of nine miles.

In 1975, Stafford was the commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight, the first joint U.S.-Soviet space mission. Stafford was a brigadier general at the time of the mission, becoming the first general officer to fly in space, as well as the first member of his Naval Academy class to pin on the first, second, and third stars of a general officer. He made six rendezvous in space and logged 507 hours of space flight. He has flown over 120 different types of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft and three different types of spacecraft.


LEROY R. GRUMMAN AWARD - Perry K. Youngwall

Perry K. Youngwall, President & CEO, Transaero, Inc.

Perry K. Youngwall is the President/CEO of Transaero Inc. Perry began working as an Administrative Assistant in 1985 and became President in 2005. Perry purchased the company in April 2002 and has transformed the company from a small broker of surplus parts into a world leading distributor of engineered products serving the U.S. Government legacy spares market. Transaero represents many major aerospace OEM’s including prestigious Long Island based companies such as Air Industries, Ausco, Betatronix, Circor, Cox & Company, Curtiss Wright, Magellan Aerospace, Precision Gear, US Dynamics and Vaupell. Founded in 1953 by Shell Youngwall, Transaero is pleased to be celebrating their 65th successful year in business. As Transaero was founded at Perry’s father’s kitchen table, the company is proud to have come such a long way.

Perry graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1985 cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Youngwall also started and eventually sold DEC Technologies and Meridian Industrial. DEC Technologies was founded in 1994 and became the third largest test and computation PMA holder in the United States. Meridian Industrial served the land based power turbine industry developing designs for parts used on PW, GE and Westinghouse turbines. Both companies were sold in 2006 to Heico, the largest PMA company in the world. In 2016, Perry sold Transaero’s Commercial Airlines Division to Kellstrom Aerospace.

Perry has three wonderful children; Carter, Olivia and Colin. His interests are boating, flying and basically any outdoor activity. He has formed the Youngwall Family Foundation to pursue his charitable ambitions which include RPI, Alzheimer’s Association, The Cradle of Aviation and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Perry is also pleased to service on several boards and committees in the local area.

About Transaero, Inc.
For 65 years Transaero has been recognized as a leading technical sales and stocking distribution company in support of engineered products to the military markets worldwide. Transaero is a world leader in supplying personnel, safety and survival equipment and represents leading manufacturers of products and systems for the aviation community. Customers include U.S. Government, foreign military and government agencies around the globe. Transaero is headquartered in Melville, New York, USA.


Aviation Leadership Award - Huntley A. Lawrence

Huntley A. Lawrence is the Director, Aviation Department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Lawrence began his career at the Port Authority in 1985 in airport operations, working at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International Airport before joining the Properties and Commercial Development division at Newark Liberty. In 2006, he became General Manager of Security and Technology for the Aviation Department.

Lawrence served as Deputy General Manager and later as General Manager for New Jersey Airports, before being named Deputy Director of Aviation two years ago. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA from Dowling College. He is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives as well as a licensed pilot. 

The Port Authority oversees operations at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Teterboro, and Stewart International airports, and has a management agreement at Atlantic City International Airport. Together, these facilities handled a record 124.2 million passengers in 2015 and helped spur regional economic growth that generated more than $84.7 billion in economic activity.