Achievement in Aviation Award
The Achievement in Aviation Award is presented each year by the Planes of Fame Air Museum. It recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of aviation.
Capt E. Royce Williams
For over half a century his achievement was classified; nobody knew what he did that day over the skies of Korea. Now retired Navy Capt. E. Royce Williams is one of the Korean War’s forgotten heroes.
Captain Williams is the top-scoring Navy carrier-based pilot of the Korean War. On 18 November 1952, Royce engaged seven Soviet MiG-15s over the Sea of Japan. Even though the MIGs were far superior to William’s F9F-5 Panther aircraft, Royce shot down four of the Soviet fighters.
This was the only time that a US Pilot in a US aircraft engaged Soviet pilots in Soviet aircraft during the Korean War, and was immediately declared Top Secret until the Russian government released the names of the four pilots following the end of the Cold War. Captain Williams also flew the F-8 Crusader and commanded three different air groups during deployments during the Vietnam War.
The Doolittle Raiders2008: The Doolittle Raiders. These brave men helped rally a nation in April 1942 by conducting America’s first offensive action against Japan.
Major General William Anders2009: Major General William Anders. The Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 8 space mission, Anders went on to serve in high-level positions with NASA, the Atomic Energy Commission, and in private business.
Colonel Bud Anderson2014: Colonel Bud Anderson. With 161 missions in his P-51 Mustang “Old Crow,” Clarence “Bud” Anderson attained just over 16 aerial victories, demonstrating incredible skill and grit.
2016: Colonel Bud Anderson. Returning to the podium, this time in recognition of his role as an air force test pilot. Through his example, we saluted all flight test pilots for advancing aviation technology.