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.

For 60 years Transaero has been recognized as a leading technical sales, marketing, and distribution company in support of engineered products to the airline, life support, and military markets worldwide.  Transaero is a world leader in supplying personnel, safety and survival equipment to commercial and military customers.  Customers include aircraft OEM’s, commercial and regional airlines, MRO’s, U.S. Government, foreign military and government agencies around the globe.

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.