Stratolaunch takes off. (Credit: Stratolaunch)
MOJAVE, Calif. (Scaled Composites PR) — During the annual Society of Experimental Test Pilots symposium this past weekend, test pilot Evan “Ivan” Thomas was awarded the Kincheloe award for the execution of the initial test program and first flight of the Scaled Model 351, Stratolaunch.
In addition, the Stratolaunch first flight crew – Evan “Ivan” Thomas, Chris “Duff” Guarente, and Jake Riley – were awarded the Tenhoff award or the most outstanding technical paper that was presented during the event.
Iven C. Kincheloe Award
In 1958, The Society of Experimental Test Pilots established the Iven C. Kincheloe Award in memory of Captain Iven C. Kincheloe, USAF. The purpose of the Kincheloe Award is to recognize outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight-testing by a test pilot member of The Society of Experimental Test Pilots. The recipient must be a living member of the Society and the accomplishment or at least a significant phase must have occurred during the past year (1 July to 1 July). The achievement must involve actual flight-testing conducted by the individual and represent the outstanding contribution to an aerospace flight program while acting as a test pilot. The ...