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James H. Doolittle Award

The James H. Doolittle Award is an honor presented annually by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. It is an award for "outstanding accomplishment in technical management or engineering achievement in aerospace technology". The award consists of a perpetual trophy on permanent display at SETP headquarters, and a smaller replica presented to the recipient. It is named after General James Doolittle, famous for the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo during World War II.[1]

James H. Doolittle Award
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The Doolittle Trophy
Awarded forOutstanding technical management or engineering
LocationLancaster, California
Country United States
Presented byThe Society of Experimental Test Pilots and Boeing
First awarded1966 (1966)

The Doolittle Trophy is a bronze form melding an aerodynamic shape, a stylized spacecraft, and a winged human figure. The aerodynamic shape stands for the scientists and engineers who provide technological breakthroughs. The spacecraft represents continued growth of the aerospace industry. The human figure represents the pilot who guides the test effort to reach its goals. A helmet and goggles rest on the base of the trophy symbolizing the tools of the early test pilot and Jimmy Doolittle himself. Plaques bearing the name of each honoree are mounted around the sides of the teak base.[2]


The Society lists three criteria for nominations to this award:[1]

  1. The recipient must be a living member of the Society
  2. A significant phase of the accomplishment must have occurred while a member of the Society
  3. The accomplishment must clearly be in the technical management or engineering aspects of aerospace technology


Recipients of the SETP J. H. Doolittle Award include:[3]


  1. ^ a b "James H. Doolittle Award Criteria". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  2. ^ SETP 56th Awards Banquet Program. Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots. September 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "J. H. Doolittle Recipients | Winners". Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  4. ^ "Pilot Gets Award for Fighter Tests". Arizona Republic. Phoenix, Arizona. UPI. October 5, 1974. p. 11 – via
  5. ^ "Space Shuttle 'Piggyback' Pilot, Aerospace Executive Honored". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. October 16, 1977. p. 34 – via