Awarded for an outstanding and enduring contribution to aviation.
2019 awarded to: Stuart King FRAeS
Seventy-five years ago, Stuart King had the vision to see that aviation was key to bringing help and hope to people in the world’s poorest and remotest communities. While still in the RAF he began to build Mission Aviation Fellowship, and on 13th January 1948 with ex-Service colleagues took off for Africa in their first aircraft. Over the next 40 years Stuart has led MAF through its global expansion, constantly advancing the scope and scale of its operations, modernising its aircraft, and improving MAF’s capabilities.
Today, MAF operates 131 predominantly light aircraft in 27 developing countries around the world, from Mongolia to New Guinea, and Sudan to South America. Here, where surface routes are often non-existent or impassable due to conflict or weather, MAF operates into some 1,400 of the poorest and most inaccessible locations. In 2018, MAF flew over 8 million miles, carried 157,000 passengers (430 per day), moved over 6,000 tonnes of freight, and in doing so supported over 2,000 organisations. Every 4 ½ minutes, a MAF aircraft lands or takes off somewhere in the world.
However, several factors make Stuart’s brainchild particularly outstanding:
Although Stuart is no longer out there conducting operations, it is his vision and his integrity that created the ethos and the professionalism that is MAF today, and it is his fundamental Christian values which guide it to remain the kind of organisation he founded. Stuart retired in 1987, but he continues as much as he is able to play an active role in the organisation. Stuart is President Emeritus of Mission Aviation Fellowship International, and whenever possible joins its trustee meetings.
Stuart King, an extraordinary and visionary man, who over 75 years has done so much to enable aviation bring help and relief to so many of the world’s most disadvantaged people, is a worthy recipient of the Award of Honour for his outstanding and enduring contribution to aviation.
1999/2000 awarded twice:
Sir Arthur Marshall
Sir George Edwards
2000/2001 awarded twice:
Group Captain John Cunningham CBE
Wing Commander Roland Prosper Beamont CBE
2002 Not Awarded
2002/03 Squadron Leader Neville Frederick Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC
2003/04 awarded twice:
Lionel Peter Twiss OBE DSC* QCVSA
Joseph Sutter Hon FRAeS
2004/05 Sir Michael Cobham CBE
2005/06 awarded twice:
Captain Eric Brown CBE DSC AFC KCVSA MA FRAeS
2006/07 awarded twice:
Sir Michael Knight KCB AFC
Albert L Ueltschi
2008 Not Awarded
2009 Not Awarded
2009/10 Sir Maurice Flanagan KBE BA Hon.FRAeS FCILT
2010/11 Duncan Simpson OBE CEng FIMechE FRAeS
2011/12 Wing Commander Kenneth Horatio Wallis MBE
2012/13 Captain James Arthur Lovell USN (Retd)
2013/14 Sir Michael John Marshall CBE DL
2014/15 UK Military Search and Rescue Force
2016 Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson DSM DFC
2017 awarded twice:
Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine GCB GBE FRAeS
John Tribe BSc(Eng)
2018 The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows
2019 Stuart King FRAeS