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.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Pathfinder Awards. If you would like to submit a nomination, please complete the attached form and submit to Gracie Loesser at along with accompanying documents by February 24, 2020.

The 2019 Pathfinder Award Banquet was held on October 26, 2019.

The recipients were:

Luella Mae Armstrong

2019 Pathfinder Recipient Luella Mae Armstrong

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Charles "Chuck" Lyford

2019 Pathfinder Recipient Charles A. "Chuck" Lyford

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Don Pettit

2019 Pathfinder Recipient Don Pettit

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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.

Go to Pathfinder Award Database