This guidon was created for the National Aerospace Cadets (NAC), an aerospace education organization founded by Ken Beatty in 1980. Beaty organized the nonprofit NAC to prepare boys and girls to live in the space age, with lessons in areas such as astronomy, computers, electronics, model rocketry, and celestial navigation. Youth members functioned as space "crews" that earned military-styled ranks as they acquired new skills and passed set tests. Similarly, the adult leaders also advanced in rank.
This guidon was used when NAC members competed at model rocket meets or with other NAC crews. The best-performing crew would have the honor of carrying the military-styled flag that reads "HONOR CREW."
Beatty donated the guidon to the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection in 2008.
Gift of the National Aerospace Cadets and their founder and Director Kenneth E. Beatty.