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Statue, Thomas D. White National Defense Award, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1970


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This Thomas D. White National Defense Award statue was received by Dr. Charles Stark Draper in 1970. Established in 1962 by the U.S. Air Force Academy, the award is given annually to an American citizen who is adjudged to have contributed most significantly to the national defense and security of the United States. Dr. Draper received the award on account of his work beginning in World War II on guidance, navigation, and control systems for aircraft, missiles, rockets, manned spacecraft, and naval ships. Dr. Draper donated a collection of his awards, including this one, to the National Collection in 1974.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Not Known

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Charles S. Draper


Metal sculpture on wood base. Wood storage case.


3-D: 20.3 x 17.8 x 35.6cm (8 x 7 x 14 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America



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