During 2008 the Royal Aeronautical Society introduced an Aeronautical Heritage Award scheme to recognise significant contributions made to “the art and science of aeronautics” and launched initially within the United Kingdom. The essence of the scheme is to erect plaques (subject to the necessary permissions) to commemorate significant people, places and things. The intention is to celebrate technological or operational achievements that made an original and unique contribution of World significance. The Society will accept nominations from any responsible source but anticipates that the Society’s Branches will play an important role in canvassing nominations; the Scheme has now been extended to the "overseas" Divisions.
English Heritage has already erected Blue Plaques to commemorate some British aeronautical pioneers, such as Sir George Cayley and R.J. Mitchell. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) established a similar scheme in 1999. Its scheme focuses on North America but in 2003 the AIAA presented one of its plaques to Farnborough. The Society scheme will not seek to duplicate these and we will work in co-operation with English Heritage and other heritage organisations as necessary.
The first Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage Plaque was unveiled by David Rowland the then President RAeS, at the Society Garden Party on 6 June 2008, recognising the importance of the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden.
Since then several other Plaques have been awarded and placed at important sites in the history of British Aviation, the latest being at The Beehive, Gatwick Airport. If you are thinking of nominating, start by downloading the nomination form here
If you have any questions about the scheme, or would like help with a nomination, please email Jack Suttie at email@example.com
RAeS Council presented with Heritage Award to commemorate the RAeS 150th anniversary in 2016.