Iven C. Kincheloe Award

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Iven C. Kincheloe Award
Iven C. Kincheloe Trophy
Awarded forOutstanding flight testing
LocationLancaster, California
Country United States
Presented byThe Society of Experimental Test Pilots
First awarded1958 (1958)

The Iven C. Kincheloe Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing. It was established in 1958 by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in memory of test pilot and Korean War ace Iven C. Kincheloe, United States Air Force, who died during flight testing.[1]

The Kincheloe Trophy consists of four columns and a symbolic aerospace vehicle that points toward the shield of the society. The columns represent the foundation on which the society was created—courage, integrity, knowledge, and accomplishment. The vehicle reinforces the role played by the society in the development of aerospace systems. Plaques bearing the name of each honoree are mounted around the sides of the onyx base.[2]


The Society lists three criteria for nominations to this award:[3]

  1. The recipient must be a living member of the Society.
  2. The accomplishment, or significant portion of the accomplishment, must have occurred in the past year (From July 1)
  3. The accomplishment must involve actual flight testing conducted by the individual, while in a test pilot role, and represent an outstanding contribution to an aerospace program.


Recipients of this award, from 1958 to present, include:[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kincheloe's Name Still Honored". The Evening News. Sault Sainte Marie. May 7, 1970. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ SETP 56th Awards Banquet. Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. September 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kincheloe Award Criteria". Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Kincheloe Award Recipients". Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Need of Human Pilots, Despite Missiles, Seen". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 5, 1958. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Award Goes to Husband of Austinite". Austin American-Statesman. Austin, Texas. October 29, 1959. p. 35 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b "2 X-15 Pilots Get Flight-Test Award". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. Associated Press. October 1, 1961. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Columbus Man Best Test Pilot". The Times Recorder. Zanesville, Ohio. UPI. October 1, 1962. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Wolfe, Tom (October 25, 1979). "Cooper the Cool jockeys Faith 7—between naps". Chicago Tribune. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Four Secret Jet Test Pilots Receive Awards". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 27, 1964. p. 40 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Supersonic Test Pilot Gets Award". Valley Times. North Hollywood, California. UPI. September 27, 1965. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Kincheloe Award Given Test Pilot". Star-Gazette. Elmira, New York. Associated Press. September 23, 1966. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Best Test Pilot in Nation Picked". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. UPI. October 3, 1967. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ a b "Aviation Pioneers Receive Test Pilot Awards". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. September 29, 1969. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ a b "Record Setting Aviators Honored by Pilots Group". Valley News. Van Nuys, California. October 10, 1970. p. 51 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Pilot Gets Award for Fighter Tests". Arizona Republic. Phoenix, Arizona. UPI. October 5, 1974. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "John Krings is Year's Top Test Pilot". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. UPI. September 29, 1975. p. 43 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Space Shuttle 'Piggyback' Pilot, Aerospace Executive Honored". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 16, 1977. p. 34 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ "NASA Pilot to be Honored". Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. September 14, 1978. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award" AgustaWestland PR, 20 October 2014.
  21. ^ Messier, Doug (October 1, 2019). "Test Pilot Wins Kincheloe Award for Stratolaunch Maiden Flight". Parabolic Arc. Archived from the original on October 2, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  22. ^ "Safe, Reliable, and Uninhabited: First Autonomous BLACK HAWK® Helicopter Flight". 15 June 2022.