The FSF Heroism Award was established by the Foundation in 1968 to recognize civil aircraft crewmembers or ground personnel whose heroic actions exceeded the requirements of their jobs and, as a result, saved lives or property. Selection of award recipients is determined by the degree of personal risk involved in the heroic act; the nature of the courage, perseverance and other personal characteristics that were displayed; and the degree to which the heroism was outside normal levels of duty and ability.
The award is presented only in years in which a nominee clearly meets the award’s standard for heroism.
In 1978, Wilkinson Sword Ltd. was commissioned to craft a permanent symbol of the award — The Graviner Sword, a 4.2-foot (1.3-meter) Scottish highland clan broadsword, modeled after a 15th-century two-handed battle sword. The award includes a miniature replica of The Graviner Sword.
This award was discontinued in 2011.
|Recipients of the FSF Heroism Award|
|2001||Capt. Sean Loutitt, First Officer Mark Carey and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Norman Wong, Kenn Borek Air|
|1999||Jim Corey, Silver Bay Logging|
|1998||Barry Walze, Continental Airlines|
|1997||Innokeniy Pavlovitch Tzivilev|
|1994||Richard DeMary, USAir|
|1990||Anatoly Grischenko (posthumously), U.S.S.R. civil helicopter pilot|
|1988||Arthur Bradbury, Sharon Ford (posthumously), Joanna Toff and Jacqueline Urbanski (posthumously), British Airways|
|1987||Neerja Bhanot (posthumously), Pan American World Airways|
|1986||Richard F. Jeppesen, Jeppesen Development|
|1985||Miss Naila Nazir, Pakistan International Airlines|
|1984||Larry Schmidt and Cliff Wilson, ERA Helicopters|
|1983||Richard E. Smart, Spellabarger Flying Services; Nelson Walker Sr., Walker Air Services|
|1982||Thomas N. Prinster and Lyle Hogg, Pilgrim Airlines|
|1981||Barbara Sorensen, Continental Airlines|
|1980||Wang Wen-hua, China Airlines|
|1979||Capt. Bain, Capt. Bosanquet, Capt. Campbell and Brian Johnstone, British Airway Helicopters|
|1977||Dorothy Kelly, Pan American World Airways|
|1976||Gilbert Pelowook, Alaskan State Trooper|
|1975||Lina Polk, National Airlines|
|1974||Capt. Ordell T. Nordseth, North Central Airlines|
|1973||Capt. Alberto Guingue, Helicopteros Nacionales do Colombis (HELICOIL)|
|1972||Helicopter Crews, Police and Firemen of São Paulo, Brazil|
|1971||Stewardess Barbara Harrison (posthumously), British Overseas Airways Corp.|
|1970||First Officer James E. Hartley (posthumously), Eastern Air Lines|
|1969||Alston James, Eastern Air Lines|
|1968||Charles W. Schoenberg, Trans World Airlines|