Mackay Trophy

Mackay Trophy
The Mackay Trophy on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

The Mackay Trophy was established on 27 January 1911 by Clarence Hungerford Mackay, who was then head of the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company and the Commercial Cable Company. Originally, aviators could compete for the trophy annually under rules made each year or the War Department could award the trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year. Today the award is administered by the United States National Aeronautic Association and is awarded yearly by the United States Air Force for the "most meritorious flight of the year" by an Air Force person, persons, or organization. The trophy is housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.[1]




Year Awardee Action
Lieutenant Henry Harley Arnold "Most Meritorious Flight" during a reconnaissance competition flown over Virginia on 9 October 1912.
Second Lieutenant Joseph Eugene Carberry
Second Lieutenant Fred Seydel
Captain Townsend Foster Dodd
Lieutenant S. W. Fitzgerald
Lieutenant Bradley Q. Jones Duration record of 8 hours 53 minutes.
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Highest scoring American ace of World War I; 16 air-to-air victories.
Lieutenant Colonel Harold E. Hartney
Captain John O. Donaldson
Captain Lowell Herbert Smith
Captain F. Steinle
Lieutenant Belvin N. Maynard
Lieutenant Alexander Pearson, Jr.
Lieutenant R. S. Northington
Lieutenant E. M. Manzelman
Lieutenant B. G. Bagby
Lieutenant D. B. Gish
For flights between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


Year Awardee Action
Captain St. Clair Streett
First Lieutenant Clifford C. Nutt
Second Lieutenant Eric H. Nelon
Second Lieutenant C. H. Crumrine
Second Lieutenant Ross C. Kirkpatrick
Sergeant Edmond Henriques
Sergeant Albert T. Vierra
Sergeant Joe E. English
For their flights to and from Nome, Alaska.
Lieutenant John Arthur Macready World altitude record.
Lieutenant John Arthur Macready
Lieutenant Oakley George Kelly
World duration record.
Lieutenant John Arthur Macready
Lieutenant Oakley George Kelly
Non-stop transcontinental flight.
Captain Lowell Herbert Smith
First Lieutenant Leslie P. Arnold
First Lieutenant Leigh Wade
First Lieutenant Eric H. Nelson
Second Lieutenant Henry H. Ogden
First round-the-world flight.
Lieutenant James H. Doolittle
Lieutenant Cyrus K. Bettis
For winning the Schneider and Pulitzer Races.
Major Herbert A. Dargue
Captain Ira Clarence Eaker
Captain Arthur B. McDaniel
Captain C. F. Woolsey
First Lieutenant J. W. Benton
First Lieutenant Charles McRobinson
First Lieutenant Muir Stephen Fairchild
First Lieutenant Bernard S. Thompson
First Lieutenant Leonard D. Weddingon
First Lieutenant Ennis Whitehead
Pan-American Good Will Flyers.
Lieutenant Albert Francis Hegenberger
Lieutenant Lester James Maitland
Hawaiian flight.
Lieutenant Harry A. Sutton Performing spin testing of observation aircraft.[3]
Captain A. W. Steven Long range aerial photography.


Year Awardee Action
Major Ralph Royce For conducting an 'Arctic Patrol' round trip flight from Selfridge Field to Spokane, Washington, in January 1930. The flight provided valuable information about equipment and personnel operating in extreme cold weather.
Brigadier General Benjamin Delahauf Foulois Commanded the 1st Air Divions (Provisional) through 40,000 flying hours with no loss of life or serious injury.
11th Bombardment Squadron
First Lieutenant Charles H. Howard
Relief missions to snowbound Navajo and Hopi.
Captain Westside T. Larson For his pioneering flights in connection with the development of methods and procedure of Aerial Frontier Defense.
Lieutenant Colonel Henry H. Arnold Commanding officer of mass flight of 10 Martin B-10s from Bolling Field to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back.
Captain Albert William Stevens
Captain Orvil Arson Anderson
Flew balloon to 72,395—a then-record.
Captain Richard Emmel Nugent
First Lieutenant Joseph A. Miller
First Lieutenant Edwin G. Simenson
Second Lieutenant William P. Ragsdale, Jr.
Second Lieutenant Burton W. Armstrong
Second Lieutenant Herbert Morgan, Jr.
Tech Sergeant Gilbert W. Olson
Staff Sergeant Howard M. Miller
Corporal Air Mechanic 2/c Frank B. Connor
For demonstration of expert instrument flying and navigation, and the will to overcome obstacles to accomplish their mission under exceptionally adverse weather conditions during a flight of three B-10 s from Langley Field to Allegan, Michigan.
Captain Carl J. Crane
Captain George Vernon Holloman
For successful development and demonstration of an automatic landing system.
2d Bombardment Group
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Olds
For good will flight to Buenos Aires and return.
Major Caleb Vance Haynes
Major William D. Old
Captain John Alexander Samford
First Lieutenant Richard S. Freeman
First Lieutenant Torgils G. Wold
Tech Sergeant William J. Heldt
Tech Sergeant Henry L. Hines
Tech Sergeant David L. Spicer
Staff Sergeant Russell E. Junior
Staff Sergeant James E. Sands
Master Sergeant Adolph Cattarius
For flight of Boeing XB-15 from Langley Field to Chile on relief mission after 1939 Chillán earthquake.


Year Awardee Action
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Not Awarded
Captain Chuck Yeager First to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1.
Lieutenant Colonel Emil Beadry For the rescue of twelve marooned airmen from the Greenland ice sheet
Crew of Lucky Lady II
Captain James G. Gallagher
First non-stop aerial round-the-world flight.


Year Awardee Action
27th Fighter Wing For moving 180 fighter jets across the Atlantic Ocean.
Colonel Fred Ascani For breaking the world speed record at 635.686 mph at the National Air Races.
Major Louis H. Carrington, Jr.
Major Frederick W. Shook
Captain Wallace D. Yancey
First non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean in a multi-engine jet bomber; a B-45 Tornado.
40th Air Division For flying 25 F-84 Thunderjets non-stop from the United States to the United Kingdom and North Africa under adverse conditions.
308th Bombardment Wing For successfully completing a leap from intercontinental maneuver, a milestone in expanding and proving the combined operational capabilities of the B-47 Stratojet and in determining fatigue limits of combat crews.
Colonel Horace A. Hanes Breaking the flight airspeed record at 822.1 mph in an F-100 Super Sabre at the National Air Show.
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Breaking the flight altitude record in a Bell X-2.
93d Bombardment Wing For non-stop circumnavigation of the globe by three B-52 Stratofortresses.
Tactical Air Command's
Air Strike Force, X-Ray Tango
For its rapid and effective deployment to the troubled Far East during the fall of 1958.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds For goodwill tour of the Far East.


Year Awardee Action
6593d Test Squadron For its first aerial recovery of an object from space orbit.
Lieutenant Colonel William R. Payne
Major William L. Polthemus
Major Raymond R. Wagener
For their nonstop flight from Carswell Air Force Base to Paris, which culminated in the establishment of two international speed records.
Major Robert G. Sowers
Captain Robert MacDonald
Captain John T. Walton
For flight as members of a B-58 Hustler crew which established three transcontinental speed records.
Crew of C-47 "Extol Pink"
Captain Warren P. Tomsett
Captain John R. Ordemann
Captain Donald R. Mack
Tech Sergeant Edson P. Inlow
Staff Sergeant Jack E. Morgan
Staff Sergeant Frank C. Barrett
For the evacuation of wounded troops in Vietnam at night under enemy fire with a C-47 Skytrain.
464th Troop Carrier Wing For its participation in the humanitarian airlift of some 1,500 hostages and refugees from rebel held territory in the Republic of the Congo during November 1964.
Colonel Robert L. Stephens
Lieutnenat Colonel Daniel Andre
Lieutenant Colonel Walter F. Daniel
Major Noel T. Warner
Major James P. Cooney
For flight in the Lockheed YF-12, which culminated in the establishment of nine new world speed and altitude records.
Lieutenant Colonel Albert R. Howarth For his exemplary courage and airmanship as a pilot in a combat strike mission in Southeast Asia under hazardous conditions of darkness and intense enemy fire.
Major John J. Casteel
Captain Dean L. Hoar
Captain Richard L. Trail
Master Sergeant Nathan C. Campbell
For performing the first multiple aerial refueling between a KC-135 Stratotanker and an A-3 Skywarrior which simultaneously refueled an F-8 Crusader under emergency fuel shortages and combat condition.
Lieutenant Colonel Daryl D. Cole For gallantry as a C-130 Hercules pilot in the emergency evacuation of personnel in Vietnam.
49th Fighter Wing For a flawless deployment of 72 F-4 Phantom IIs from Spangdahlem Air Base to Holloman Air Force Base without a single abort, completing 504 successful air-to-air refuelings on the 5,000 mile trip.


Year Awardee Action
Captain Alan D. Milacek
Captain James A. Russell
Captain Roger E. Clancy
Captain Ronald C. Jones
Captain Brent C. O'Brien
Tech Sergeant Albert A. Nash
Staff Sergeant Adolfo Lopez, Jr.
Staff Sergeant Ronald R. Wilson
Sergeant Kenneth E. Firestone
Airman First Class Donnell H. Cofer
Displaying great courage in returning their heavily damaged aircraft to their air base.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Estes
Major Dewain C. Vick
For their operation of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft establishing new world records for duration and distance covered.
Captain Charles B. DeBellevue
Captain Jeffrey S. Feinstein
Captain R. Stephen Ritchie
For their extraordinary gallantry, superb airmanship, and intrepidity in the face of the enemy. (They were the three US Air Force "Aces" from the Vietnam War.)
Operation Homecoming
Military Airlift Command Aircrews
For their efforts to repatriate U.S. prisoners of war from Vietnam.
Major Roger J. Smith
Major David W. Peterson
Major Willard R. MacFarlane
For participating in F-15 advanced fight test during which time eight world class time-to-climb records were established.
Major Robert W. Undorf For gallantry and resourcefulness during the joint military operation to rescue and insure the return of the SS Mayagüez crew from an opposing armed force on Koh Tang in the Gulf of Thailand.
Captain James A. Yule For gallantry and unusual presence of mind while participating in a flight as an instructor pilot of a B-52D Stratofortress.

Captain James A Yule, distinguished himself by gallantry and unusual presence of mind while participating in an aerial flight as an instructor pilot of a B-52D aircraft on 19 May 1976. Captain Yule’s flight developed a unique multiple emergency and he assumed command of the aircraft, and at great personal risk, checked out the hydraulic open wheel well area to detect the problem. Using initiative, he coordinated with ground agencies and crew members and determined that a safe landing could be made after loss of braking and complete failure of steering. Captain Yule’s professional competence and outstanding airmanship under extreme stress resulted in successful recovery of the crew and a valuable aircraft. His courageous acts in landing a malfunctioning aircraft reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Captain David M. Sprinkel
Crew of C-5 Mission AAM 1962-01
The aircrew, composed of members from the 436th Military Airlift Wing and the 512th Military Airlift Wing, airlifted a large super conducting electromagnet, support equipment, and personnel in support of joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. energy research program.
3d Military Airlift Squadron Crew
Lieutenant Colonel Robert F. Schultz
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel W. Pruitt
Major John K. Roberts
Captain Herbert H. Schaunaman, Jr.
Captain John A. Messerly
Tech Sergeant Owen L. Conlin
Tech Sergeant Joe L. Dickey
Staff Sergeant Raymond D. Stebleton
Sergeant John E. Legere
Sergeant David A. Kreyssig
Senior Airman William W. Tepper
Senior Airman Christopher A. Heitkamp
Airman First Class Danny F. Jennings

9th Military Airlift Squadron Crew
Major Jon S. Hillhouse
Captain Todd H. Hohberger
Captain Michael R. Smith
Captain John P. Foley, Jr.
Captain Douglas K. Kronemeyer
Captain Michael A. Wright
Master Sergeant Charles E. Harper
Tech Sergeant Fred A. Booth, Jr.
Tech Sergeant Joseph J. Clay
Staff Sergeant David B. Pierson
Airman First Class Thomas F. O’Brien
Airman First Class Mark S. Homan
Two C-5 Galaxy aircrews from the 436th Military Airlift Wing conducted the first C-5 airlift mission in support of the free world effort against rebel forces in Zaire.
Major James E. McArdle, Jr. For exceptional aerial skill in rescuing 28 Taiwanese seamen from a sinking cargo ship.


Year Awardee Action
Crews S-21 and S-31
644th Bombardment Squadron
For executing a nonstop, around-the world mission with the immediate objective of locating and photographing elements of the Soviet Navy operating in the Persian Gulf.
Captain John J. Walters For participating in aerial flight as HH-3 Jolly Green Giant Commander in the rescue of 61 individuals, despite adverse conditions, from the burning cruise ship MS Prinsendam.
Crew E-21
Captain Ronald L. Cavendish
Captain Ronald D. Nass
First Lieutenant James D. Gray
First Lieutenant Michael J. Connor
First Lieutenant Gerald E. Valentini
Second Lieutenant Frank A. Boyle
Tech Sergeant Ronald B. Wright
For successfully landing their crippled B-52 Stratofortress, under almost impossible conditions, thereby saving their lives and the aircraft.
Crew E-113
Captain Robert J. Goodman
Captain Michael F. Clover
Captain Karol F. Wojcikowski
Staff Sergeant Douglas D. Simmons
On 5 September 1983, the KC-135 Stratotanker crew saved an F-4 Phantom and its crew over the Atlantic. The KC-135 refueled the F-4 four times and towed it with the refueling boom.
Lieutenant Colonel James L. Hobson, Jr. For actions as aircraft commander of the lead MC-130E Combat Talon I during the Grenada rescue mission.
Lieutenant Colonel David E. Faught For heroism and outstanding airmanship in saving the lives of eight crewmembers and preventing the loss of an irreplaceable aircraft.
Captain Marc D. Felman
Captain Thomas M. Ferguson
Master Sergeant Clarence Bridges, Jr.
Master Sergeant Patrick S. Kennedy
Master Sergeant Gerald G. Treadwell
Tech Sergeant Lester G. Bouler
Tech Sergeant Gerald M. Lewis
Staff Sergeant Samuel S. Flores
Staff Sergeant Scott A. Helms
Staff Sergeant Gary L. Smith
Following a precipitous and hazardous launch in near zero-visibility weather conditions, the crew of a KC-10 Extender from the 68th Air Refueling Wing provided emergency refueling to a KC-10 and three A-4 Skyhawk over the Atlantic Ocean on 5 March 1986.
Detachment 15,
Air Force Plant Representative Office
and B-1B System Program Office
Captain Michael Eastman For commanding C-5 Galaxy crew assigned to the 436th Military Airlift Wing. The aircraft and crew flew the first of the missions carrying equipment used to monitor nuclear testing to the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan for joint verification experiments.
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph G. Day
Captain Jeffrey K. Beene
Captain Vernon B. Benton
Captain Robert H. Hendricks
For successfully conducting the first-ever gear-up emergency landing of a B-1 Lancer aircraft.


Year Awardee Action
Crew of AC-130H Spectre
Mission #1J1600GA354
16th Special Operations Squadron
For airmanship and outstanding professionalism of the crew during aerial flight over Panama during Operation Just Cause.
Crew of Moccasin-05
Captain Tom Trask
Major Mike Homan
Master Sergeant Timothy Hadrych
Tech Sergeant Gregory Vanhyning
Tech Sergeant James A. Peterson, Jr.
Staff Sergeant Craig Dock
Sergeant Thomas Bedard
For extraordinary heroism and self-sacrifice of the crew during the rescue of the pilot of Slate 46, a downed U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
310th Airlift Squadron crew
Major Christopher J. Duncan
Captain Peter B. Eunice
Captain Daniel G. Sobel
Captain Robert K. Stich
Master Sergeant Joseph C. Beard, Jr.
Master Sergeant Carl V. Wilson
Tech Sergeant John H. Armintrout
Tech Sergeant Charles G. Bolden
Tech Sergeant Rory E. Calhoun
Tech Sergeant Ray A. Fisher
Tech Sergeant Peter J. Paquette
Tech Sergeant Andrew W. Toth
Tech Sergeant Darren R. Tresler
Staff Sergeant Ronald P. Hetzel
For extraordinary resourcefulness and unusual presence of mind during an unprovoked attack in international airspace.
Crew E-21
Major Peter B. Mapes
Captain Jeffrey R. Swegel
Captain Joseph D. Rosmarin
Captain Charles W. Patnaude
Lieutenant Glen J. Caneel
For quick thinking, immediate reaction, and astute situational awareness enabling them to return a crippled B-52 Stratofortress to stable flight and safe landing.
Crew of Air Force Rescue 206
Captain John W. Blumentritt
Captain Gary W. Henderson
Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Wells
Senior Airman Jeffrey M. Frembling
Senior Airman Jesse W. Goerz

Crew of Air Force Rescue 208
Lieutenant Colonel James A. Sills
Lieutenant Colonel Gary L. Copsey
Lieutenant Richard E. Assaf
Tech Sergeant Gregory M. Reed
Senior Airman William R. Payne
For extraordinary heroism and self-sacrifice during the rescue of six Icelanders sailors who were stranded when their ship foundered in heavy seas and strong winds.
Crew of BAT-01
Lieutenant Colonel Doug Raaberg
Captain Gerald Goodfellow
Captain Kevin Clotfelter
Captain Rick Carver
Captain Chris Stewart
Captain Steve Adams
Captain Kevin Houdek
Captain Steve Reeves
For the aerial achievement demonstrating the B-1 Lancer capability with live bombing activity over three bombing ranges on three continents in two hemispheres.
Duke 01 Flight Crew For performing the first combat employment of the B-52H Stratofortress in history.
Crew of Whiskey-05
MC-130H Combat Talon II
Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Kisner
Major (Dr.) Robert S. Michaelson
Captain John C. Baker
Captain Reed Foster
Captain Mark J. Ramsey
Captain Robert P. Toth
Master Sergeant Gordon H. Scott
Tech Sergeant Tom L. Baker
Staff Sergeant John D. Hensdill
Staff Sergeant Jeffrey A. Hoyt
For overcoming hostile gunfire, three heavyweight air refuelings, and over 13 hours flying3,179 nautical miles (5,888 km) to their objective to insert a European survey and assessment team and extract 56 people from the escalating Republic of the Congo Civil War, achieving this goal while on the ground for less than 23 minutes.
Crew of Air Force Rescue 470 For making a mountaintop rescue of six survivors trapped inside an airplane which had crashed on a glacier during a near-zero visibility approach in winds gusting to 45 knots.
Captain Jeffrey G. J. Hwang In recognition of an exceptionally meritorious F-15C Eagle flight during combat operations in support of Operation Allied Force when he simultaneously destroyed two enemy aircraft during a single intercept.


Year Awardee Action
E10E1 Mission
Lieutenant Colonel Marlon Nailling
Major John Andrus
Major Kathryn Drake
Major David Sellars
Captain Richard Hunt
Captain Kevin Keith
Captain Karey Dufour
Captain Karin Petersen
Captain Donna Fournier
First Lieutenant Lucas Jobe
Staff Sergeant Edward Franceschina
Staff Sergeant Heather Robertson
Staff Sergeant Bradley Atherton
Staff Sergeant Ryan Reller
Staff Sergeant Brian Hoffmeyer
Senior Airman Chad Schusko

E10E2 Mission
Colonel Byron Hepburn
Lieutenant Colonel Linda Torrens
Major Jonas Allman
Major Thomas Jenkins
Major Lola Casby
Major Jeffrey Davis
Captain Raymond Chehy
Captain Natalie Sykes
Captain Michael Smith
Captain Tim Carter
First Lieutenant Jennifer Bagozzi
Staff Sergeant Alan Wooldridge
Staff Sergeant Kelly Pollard
Staff Sergeant Trent Arnold
Staff Sergeant Juan Garza
Senior Airman Anna Duffner

Critical Care Air Transport Team
Colonel David Welling
Major Stephan A. Alkins
Captain Raymond M. Nudo
Captain Andrew J. Reynolds
Captain Bernd T. Wegner
Staff Sergeant Chyrise M. Jenkins
Staff Sergeant Christopher E. Whited
For performing heroic rescue efforts in record time for victims of the USS Cole attack during the 6,000 mile round-trip journey between Aden, Yemen, Djibouti, and Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Aircrew members launched two rescue C-9 Nightingale crews within one hour of alert.
20th Special Operations Squadron
For rescuing the crew of a sister ship under extremely hazardous weather conditions behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.
16th Special Operations Squadron
For rescuing 82 U.S. Army soldiers, including 28 wounded, trapped in a rugged valley in Afghanistan by Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces. The 14-man crew of an Air Force AC-130H Spectre gunship engaged the enemy from overhead during a two-hour, night-time operation that permitted two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to land and pick up the battered troops.
Crew of Vijay 10
Lieutenant Colonel Shane Hershman
Major Bob Colvin
First Lieutenant Matt Clausen
Master Sergeant Shawn Brumfield
Master Sergeant Chris Dockery
Vijay 10 was the lead C-17 Globemaster III in a formation of C-17s from the 62d and 446th Airlift Wings, McChord Air Force Base, Washington. Vijay 10's crew led the largest combat airdrop since World War II. On 26 March 2003, Vijay 10 led Operation Northern Delay with an airdrop of 1,000 members of the US Army 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers over Bashur, Iraq which opened the northern front to combat operations. After the initial insertion, Vijay 10 crewmembers, along with active and reserve crews from Charleston and McChord Air Force Bases flew four more night missions.
Crew of Jolly 11
First Lieutenant Bryan Creel
Captain Joseph Galletti
Staff Sergeant Vincent J. Eckert
Staff Sergeant John Griffin
Staff Sergeant Patrick Ledbetter
Sergeant Thomas Ringheimer

Crew of Jolly 12
Captain Rob Wrinkle
First Lieutenant Gregory Rockwood
Tech Sergeant Michael Preston
Tech Sergeant Paul Silver
Staff Sergeant Matthew Leigh
Staff Sergeant Michael Rubio
Senior Airman Edward Ha
Jolly 11 and Jolly 12 crewmembers distinguished themselves by gallantry in connection with rescue operations near Kharbut, Iraq, on 16 April 2004. While supporting of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jolly 11 Flight launched to rescue a five person crew of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook that crashed in a sandstorm with near zero-visibility. En route to the crash scene, crews realized their forward looking infra-red and night vision goggles were ineffective. Despite this handicap the crew of Jolly 11 was able to locate the survivors. Both aircraft then made near zero-visibility approaches relying nearly exclusively on the flight engineers and aerial gunners inputs for precision navigation. Following the successful survivor contacts and recovery by the Flight’s Pararescuemen, Jolly 11 and Jolly 12 were individually engaged by separate multiple surface-to-air missiles attacks. Using evasive maneuvers Jolly 11 evaded two missiles. Both Jolly 11 and Jolly 12 continued to provide support with defensive fire until the
formation was clear of the threat area saving the lives of five U.S. Army personnel.
Crew of Train 60
Major Michael S. Frame
Major Brian Lewis
Master Sergeant Tommy Lee
Master Sergeant John Spillane
Tech Sergeant Corey Turner
Train 60 crewmembers were C-130 Hercules instructors for the newly formed Iraqi Air Force. The crew's unprecedented mission was to act as the inaugural Iraqi "Air Force One" and take the Iraq Prime Minister from Baghdad to Al Sulaymania to meet with Kurdish leaders. During the mission, Train 60 crewmembers instructed Iraqi aircrew members on flight procedures in a combat environment, quickly improvised a low-level route through mountains to avoid low ceilings and landed on a taxi way at an uncontrolled and uncompleted Iraqi airfield that did not have an American security presence. Their efforts ensured the safety of the all Iraqi crew and the Iraqi head of state during this landmark airlift event.
Captain Scott Markle Captain Markle was diverted to support special forces troops along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in contact with Taliban forces. He arrived just before dawn and heavy gunfire and tracers and poor visibility made it difficult to find the team's location. Captain Markle, unable to employ weapons due to the enemy's close proximity to the team, flew a dangerously low pass over the area while releasing self-protection flares. When flares momentarily halted enemy fire. The ground controller requested a few more close passes to the special forces team time to create more distance between themselves and the Taliban. The seporation allowed Captain Markle to strafe the enemy area with more than 1,000 30 millimeter rounds on his final pass. The special forces team was able to disengage with no casualties. Captain Markle was credited with destroying three machine gun nests and killing 40 enemy combatants.
Panther 11 Flight
Colonel Charles Moore
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Williams
Captain Lawrence Sullivan
Captain Kristopher Struve
A 4-ship formation of F-16 Fighting Falcons based at Joint Base Balad, Iraq flew an 11-hour mission over 6 countries and requiring 13 air refuelings supported ground operations in the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan
Crew of Bone 23
Major Norman Shelton
Captain Kaylene Giri
Captain Louis Heidema
Captain Boyd Smith
Confronting a two hundred-strong enemy force that was attempting to overrun their base, the Joint Terminal Attack Controller requested a two thousand pound guided weapon. When the crew of BONE 23 realized friendly forces were in Danger Close range, they suggested a five hundred pound guided weapon, instead. Faced with a critical fuel situation, the crew coordinated to move their tanker closer providing more time on station and, within thirty minutes, BONE 23 accomplished three bomb runs decisively slowing the enemy attack, allowing coalition forces to regroup.
Crew of Pedro 16
Captain Robert Rosebrough
First Lieutenant Lucas Will
Master Sergeant Dustin Thomas
Staff Sergeant Tim Philpott
The crews of "Pedro 15" and "Pedro 16" operating HH-60G Pavehawks came under enemy fire 29 July 2009 during a medical evacuation mission as part of the 129th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. Three Soldiers had been wounded near Forward Operating Base Frontenac when their convoy was hit with an improvised explosive device and became engaged by enemy combatants. During the recovery operation "Pedro 15" was downed by enemy fire, injuring the crew. "Pedro 16", along with Army OH-58 Kiowas, suppressed enemy fire. Captain Rosebrough developed a plan to evacuate all the wounded personnel aboard "Pedro 16" and two Kiowa helicopters. Their efforts ensured the recovery of the six "Pedro 15" crew members and three wounded soldiers.


Year Awardee Action
Dude Flight
Lieutenant Colonel Donald D. Cornwell
Lieutenant Colonel Dylan T. Wells
Captain Leigh P. Larkin
First Lieutenant Nicholas R. Tsougas
While operating as a flight of two F-15E Strike Eagles - call signs Dude 01 and Dude 02 - they were tasked to support a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force team surrounded by over 100 enemy fighters in the town of Bala Morgab, Afghanistan. With weather below rescue force launch minimums, Dude flight used terrain-following radar to execute five "Show of Force" passes in a valley surrounded by high terrain. When hostilities escalated, Dude Flight expertly employed six Joint Direct Attack Munitions, helping kill over 80 Taliban fighters who occupied reinforced positions within the town. Their efforts helped save the lives of approximately 30 coalition troops. There were no civilian casualties.


  1. ^ Smithsonian Mackay Trophy Page
  2. ^ NAA list of Mackay Trophy Winners
  3. ^ Time magazine. 1928.,9171,752259,00.html. Retrieved 2011-05-26. "Clarence Hungerford Mackay, now inactive telegraph, telephone, wireless and radio capitalist, knowing well that the subordinate workers of vast organizations rarely get public praise, established the Clarence H. Mackay Trophy to be given to the Army pilot who performs the most meritorious flight service of any one year. During recent months Secretary of War James William Good has been scanning the 1928 records of Army men. Last week he decided to award the trophy to Lieut. Harry A. Sutton of the Army Air Corps Reserve, who with "quiet bravery, intelligence, skill and spirit" tested out the spinning characteristics of several dangerous types of planes." 
  4. ^ KC-135 Crew Wins Mackay Trophy
  5. ^ Combat Talon II crew receives Mackay Trophy
  6. ^ C-130 Crew Honored with Mackay Trophy
  7. ^ A-10 pilot awarded Mackay Trophy
  8. ^ F-16 Pilots receive Mackay Trophy
  9. ^ B-1B crew to get Mackay Trophy for bombing run
  10. ^ 33d Rescue Squadron crew earns MacKay Trophy US Air Force, 20 May 2010, retrieved 20 May 2010
  11. ^ "2010 Mackay Trophy Recipients". National Aeronautic Association. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 


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