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Britton earns Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Justin Addison
Fayette Advertiser
Captain Robert Britton with The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and Blue ribbon file in front of his 1974 Beechcraft Bonanza.

Captain Robert Britton was nominated for and received the Federal Aviation Administration's most prestigious award, The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the Blue Ribbon file of his achievement's from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airman's Record Center at Oklahoma City.

The certificate reads, “In recognition of your 50 years of exemplary aviation flight experience, distinguished professionalism, and steadfast commitment to aviation safety” you are awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. It is signed by Mr. Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator.

Due to COVID-19 a formal presentation by the Flight Standards District office in Kansas City was not held.

Britton graduated from Brookfield High School in 1959. He is a retired airline pilot from Trans World Airlines (now part of American Airlines) and is currently a farmer in Howard County. After retirement, he flew for several companies including Mid-Missouri Cellular. His wife, Morrene (Hughes) of 50 years was also a commercial pilot, certified flight instructor and instrument instructor. They kept their own plane on the farm and enjoyed flying it around the U.S. and Canada while operating a beef feedlot and row crop operation in Howard County.

Several members of the Britton family have also flown, including a daughter, a brother, sister-in-law and nephew who recently retired as a Delta Airline Captain.

Britton is planning a celebration party at the Boonville Airport in the near future hosted by him and pilot friends.