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Golden Knights Honored with Aviation Award

April 6th, 2022

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has announced that the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, have been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Bruce Whitman Trophy. Established in 2019 to honor the late aerospace executive and philanthropist for which the award is named, the trophy is awarded to “... outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation or aerospace in the United States, and who by working with museums and other institutions have promoted an appreciation by students and the broader public of the sacrifices and legacy of members of the military service.”


For more than 60 years, members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the Golden Knights, have been marking milestones of achievement and an evolution of excellence serving as the “Ambassadors of the Army.” The Golden Knights annually reach a third of the United States, performing, in total, more than 21,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries. The team has won an impressive record of more than 460 national championships and more than 100 world championships, earning the Army 2,148 gold, 1,117 silver, and 693 bronze medals in national and international competition. NAA presented the Bruce Whitman Trophy to the Golden Knights at the Army Aviation Association of America’s Annual Summit in Nashville, TN on April 5, 2022.