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 presentation of the Kincheloe Award is a highlight of the annual Awards Banquet and is the most visible manifestation of the Society's contribution to the aviation community in general. The award is all the more significant in that it is direct recognition from test pilot peers. The Kincheloe Award is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.
The Kincheloe Trophy
The Kincheloe Award is a perpetual trophy incorporating four columns supporting a large symbol of the Society and a symbolic aerospace vehicle. Around the sides of the onyx base are plaques bearing the names of each year’s awardee. The columns represent courage, integrity, knowledge, and accomplishment - which make up the foundation upon which the Society is built. The symbolic aerospace vehicle points toward the shield of the Society and conveys the thought that the aerospace industry is dependent upon the Society to share in development of aerospace systems. Each recipient will receive a small replica of the respective award, while the perpetual trophies remain on display at SETP Headquarters and the National Air and Space Museum.