explain restored aircraft, replicas, models, and aviation events, with an emphasis on ideas and hardware that originated on the West Coast. Today, the museum highlights the theme of future aircraft and nontraditional challenges and opportunities for young engineers and entrepreneurs. The museum’s contribution to the public understanding of the role and value of modern engineering is a fitting climax to Mr. Hiller’s long career of leadership and service in the finest tradition of the National Academy of Engineering, to which he was elected in 1999. A memorial service was held at the museum on May 5, 2006.
Stanley Hiller Jr. received recognition and awards from a wide range of sources. In 1944, he became the youngest recipient ever of the Fawcett Aviation Award for major contributions to the advancement of aviation. He was a charter member of the American Helicopter Society (AHS), became an honorary fellow of AHS at age 27, and received the prestigious AHS Alexander Klemin Award in 1991. He was awarded the National Transportation Association Award in 1958, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in 2002, and the Helicopter Foundation International Heritage Award in 2003. He also served on numerous advisory boards and corporate boards of directors.
His family remembers him as a great father who was devoted to his family. Although Mr. Hillier traveled for work and spent many hours on airplanes, he always managed to spend time with his family. He loved restoring old wooden boats at Lake Tahoe, and he had a passion for boating. The family spent summers cruising from Alaska to Mexico and thru the Panama Canal to Nassau and the Eastern Seaboard. Mr. Hillier loved to find that special place where he could anchor the boat and where the family could spend time together.
His son notes that his dad put together a team and spent over a year working on perpetual motion. He was fascinated with trying to find a way to use magnets to create perpetual energy. Unfortunately, the project was unsuccessful.