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Iven C. Kincheloe Award

The Iven C. Kincheloe Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing. It was established in 1958 by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and honors the memory of test pilot and Korean War ace Iven C. Kincheloe, United States Air Force, who died during flight testing.

Iven C. Kincheloe Award
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Iven C. Kincheloe Trophy
Awarded for Outstanding flight testing
Location Lancaster, California
Country  United States
Presented by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
First awarded 1958 (1958)
Website SETP

The Kincheloe Trophy consists of four columns and a symbolic aerospace vehicle that points toward the shield of the society. The columns represent the foundation on which the society was created—courage, integrity, knowledge, and accomplishment. The vehicle reinforces the role played by the society in the development of aerospace systems. Plaques bearing the name of each honoree are mounted around the sides of the onyx base.[1]


The Society lists three criteria for nominations to this award:[2]

  1. The recipient must be a living member of the Society.
  2. The accomplishment, or significant portion of the accomplishment, must have occurred in the past year (From July 1)
  3. The accomplishment must involve actual flight testing conducted by the individual, while in a test pilot role, and represent an outstanding contribution to an aerospace program.


Recipients of this award, from 1958 to present, include:[3]


  1. ^ SETP 56th Awards Banquet. Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. September 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kincheloe Award Criteria". Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kincheloe Award Recipients". Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award" AgustaWestland PR, 20 October 2014.