Apollo Astronaut Tom Stafford to Receive Spirit of Discovery Award

Apollo Astronaut Tom Stafford to Be Honored at Cradle of Aviation Museum's 17th Annual Air & Space Gala

Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford
Perry K. Youngwall
Huntley A. Lawrence

 Garden City, New York October 24, 2019 – The Cradle of Aviation Museum is pleased to announce the honorees of its 2019 Annual Air & Space Awards Gala to be held on November 14, 2019. The influential, innovators and leaders in aviation and space that will be honored include Apollo 10 Commander, Tom Stafford, recipient of the Spirit of Discovery Award; CEO and President, Transaero, Inc, Perry K. Youngwall, recipient of the Leroy R. Grumman Award; and Director, Aviation Department Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Huntley A. Lawrence, recipient of the Aviation Leadership Award. 

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • 6:00 PM Cocktails 7:30 PM Dinner and Dancing
  • Dress: Business Attire
  • Tickets: $300 per Person
  • Reserve your seat online at www.cradleofaviation.org/gala

The gala is the museum’s annual fundraiser that helps to support the museum’s Education Programs and Preservation efforts.  The year 2019 serves as the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo program; one of the greatest human and technological achievements of our time. Past honorees have included Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Scott Carpenter, Fred Haise, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, and Walt Cunningham.

Honoree Lt. Gen.Thomas Patten Stafford is a former NASA Astronaut, Air Force officer, and test pilot. In May, 1969, he commanded Apollo 10, the second crewed mission to orbit the Moon and the first flight of the Lunar Module, flying the LM down to within nine miles of the moon’s surface designating the landing ellipse for the first landing, performing the first lunar rendezvous, conducting reconnaissance on future Apollo landing sites, and proving all the necessary elements of the lunar landing, with the exception of the actual landing itself.   Apollo 10 (Stafford’s spacesuit worn during training for Apollo 10 between 1968-69 is on permanent display at the museum)

In 1975, Stafford played an integral role in the success of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, commanding and fostering collaboration between US and Soviet Union astronauts which led to the development of the International Space Station.

Throughout his career, Stafford made six rendezvous in space and logged 507 hours of space flight. He has flown over 100 different types of aircraft and spacecraft. Today he is one of the few surviving Gemini astronauts. He continues to be a major influence in the development and advancement of aviation and space exploration.  

Honoree Perry K. Youngwall is the President/CEO of Transaero, Inc. is responsible for transforming the Transaero, Inc. company from a small broker of surplus parts into a world leading distributor of engineered products serving the U.S. Government legacy spares market. Transaero, Inc. represents many major aerospace OEM’s including prestigious Long Island based companies such as Air Industries, Ausco, Betatronix, Circor, Cox & Company, Curtiss Wright, Magellan Aerospace, Precision Gear, US Dynamics and Vaupell. Founded in 1953 by Shell Youngwall, Transaero, Inc. is pleased to be celebrating their 65th successful year in business.

Transaero, Inc. is a world leader in supplying personnel, safety and survival equipment and represents leading manufacturers of products and systems for the aviation community. Customers include U.S. Government, foreign military and government agencies around the globe. Transaero, Inc. is headquartered in Melville, New York, USA.

Honoree Huntley A. Lawrence is the Director, Aviation Department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Lawrence began his career at the Port Authority in 1985 in airport operations, working at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International Airport before joining the Properties and Commercial Development division at Newark Liberty. In 2006, he became General Manager of Security and Technology for the Aviation Department. Lawrence served as Deputy General Manager and later as General Manager for New Jersey Airports, before being named Deputy Director of Aviation two years ago.

The Port Authority oversees operations at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Teterboro, and Stewart International airports, and has a management agreement at Atlantic City International Airport. Together, these facilities handled a record 124.2 million passengers in 2015 and helped spur regional economic growth that generated more than $84.7 billion in economic activity.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater. The Museum is listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in East Garden City.  For more information call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org. For information about the Gala contact Carol Nelson at 516-572-4026. ###