Aviation

McConnell pilot to receive award shared by Olive Ann Beech

Caroline Kennedy, former Ambassador to Japan, poses for a photo with Maj. Chrystina Jones, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs chief at McConnell Air Force Base, in this April 2014 photo. Jones has been named the winner of the National Aeronautic Association’s 2017 Katharine Wright Trophy.
Caroline Kennedy, former Ambassador to Japan, poses for a photo with Maj. Chrystina Jones, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs chief at McConnell Air Force Base, in this April 2014 photo. Jones has been named the winner of the National Aeronautic Association’s 2017 Katharine Wright Trophy. Courtesy photo

A KC-135 pilot at McConnell Air Force Base has been named the recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s highest honor for a woman in aviation.

Maj. Chyrstina Jones will be presented the NAA’s 2017 Katharine Wright Trophy at the organization’s fall awards ceremony on Dec. 8 in Arlington, Va.

The trophy is named after Orville and Wilbur Wright’s sister, and is awarded to a person who “has contributed to the success of others, or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation,” NAA said in a news release.

Jones, NAA said, has demonstrated a commitment to encourage women to pursue and succeed in aviation careers. A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, Jones has organized efforts while on deployments in Iraq and Japan to promote aviation careers for women by organizing events and establishing new Women in Aviation chapters overseas, NAA said.

She also is a board member and outreach chair of the WIA Air Capital City chapter in Wichita, and helped host a Girls in Aviation Day event that exposed 25 area girls to the aviation field, including a visit to one of FlightSafety’s simulators and tours of various airplanes.

“Major Jones has clearly achieved great things, while at the same time investing much time and effort into making those around her better,” NAA president and CEO Greg Principato said in the release. “She is exactly the kind of aviation leader this award is designed to recognize.”

Past recipients of the award include Olive Ann Beech, chairman of the former Beech Aircraft Corp., and world-renowned stunt pilot Patty Wagstaff.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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