The Museum of Flight’s Annual Pathfinder Awards honors individuals with ties to the Pacific Northwest who have made significant contributions to the development of the aerospace industry. Categories include Flying, Education, Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing and At-Large. Pathfinder Award recipients are selected by The Museum of Flight, the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and representatives of other aviation and aerospace organizations and companies throughout the Northwest.

The 2017 Pathfinder Award recipients were:

Dr. Walt Braithwaite

Dr. Walt Braithwaite. Photo courtesy Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times.

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J. Kenneth Higgins

J. Kenneth Higgins. Photo courtesy The Boeing Company Archives

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Dr. George D. Nelson

Dr. George D.

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The 2017 Pathfinder Award Banquet Dinner was held on October 14, 2017. For further details about the Pathfinder Awards, please contact Gracie Loesser at 206.764.5709 or email

To view biographical information for every Pathfinder Award recipient to date, visit the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery at the Museum or browse our database below.

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