Posted On: April 2, 2024

Julie E. Clark, Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2016 inductee, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Katharine Wright Memorial Trophy.

The Katharine Wright Trophy was established in 1981 and was named in honor of the Wright Brothers’ Sister, Katharine, who provided financial support to her brothers as well as emotional and public support to her brothers. The award is given out annually in partnership with the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots to an individual who has contributed to the success of others or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time. 

Julie E. Clark is known for becoming one of the first female pilots to fly for a major airline as well as her expansive over 40-year airshow career. She is presently active in a variety of chapters and organizations including the International Society of Women Airline Pilots and the International Council of Air Shows. She acts as the chair of the Regional Satellite Chapters and as an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator. Additionally, Julie serves as a mentor of the EAA’s “Women Soar” program. She also aims to provide support for those seeking a career as an airshow performer.

“Clark is being honored for her significant contributions to the art and sport of aviation, the success of others, and the promotion of aerospace education for more than a half-century,” says the National Aeronautics Association.

Julie Clark 2023-Katharine-Wright-Trophy Press Release

Julie Clark 2023 NAA video

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