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1957 Hughes Trophy

DAYTON, Ohio -- 1957 Hughes Trophy on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- 1957 Hughes Trophy on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Flying F-86Ds, the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) stationed at RAF Bentwaters, United Kingdom, won the Hughes Trophy for 1957. Instituted by the Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1953, the trophy became known as the highest Air Force award for air defense fighter achievement. The Air Force determines the winner on the basis of accomplishment in such areas as missile qualifications, successful missions flown, aircraft operational readiness rates and flight safety. After the merger of Hughes and Raytheon in 1997, the trophy became the Raytheon Hughes Achievement Award.

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