The Per Ardua Award is the most prestigious and important award of the Association. It is presented each year to the
member making the most outstanding flight(s) and/or other noteworthy contribution toward the promotion of the 1-26
and the 1-26 Association. Provision is made for awards to Senior members and to Junior (under 21 years of age)
members. The Executive Board selects the persons to be so recognized.
These awards were initiated in 1965 and presented to William B. Cleary of Oklahoma City and Jeffrey Yund, Jr., of
Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Bill was the first pilot to achieve all three of his Diamonds in a 1-26. Jeff Yund gained
recognition by qualifying for his Diamond Altitude leg and breaking the Colorado Junior State Altitude Record with a
29,100-foot flight at Black Forest. At the time of his flight, in 1965, Jeff was only 14 years of age.
As President of the 1-26 Association, I have the privilege to announce that the Executive Board presents the 2011
Per Ardua Award to Joann B. (Jo) Shaw, of Hobbs, NM. Culminating years of outstanding service to the Association,
and countless memorable flights made in #196 with husband Charles crewing, Jo's most recent contribution has been to
lead and coordinate the transfer of historical Association documents into digital format where they can be archived,
stored, and retrieved by generations of 1-26 enthusiasts to come. This Herculean task provides an invaluable service
to current and future members, and helps ensure preservation of the rich history of the Association and it's members.
In addition, Jo has also spent many hours maintaining the Aircraft List, with current information on registration
status, owners, and locations. This resource gives members an excellent tool to connect with other 1-26'ers and to
help preserve the fleet. This is the second time Jo has been honored with the Per Ardua Award, the first time
being in 1976.
Jo continues to reflect the finest of tradition of service to the 1-26 Association.