International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame recognizes there are entities that have played a prominent role in the growth and development of the sport of skydiving making them worthy of special recognition.


  •  Since 2010 as part of the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame (ISM) awareness and fundraising effort, the ISM has each year held a weekend event celebrating the sport and history of skydiving. During this event, the ISM has inducted individuals to the Hall of Fame and presented other awards for significant contributions to the sport of skydiving and/or the ISM.
  • Each year, except 2011, an award designated as the “Honoree” Award has been given to a group or individual that has contributed to the sport of skydiving in extraordinary ways.
  • The Path of Excellence Award is specifically for entities – groups, companies, organizations or teams for significant contribution(s) of enduring high value to the world of skydiving.  In 2021, the Pioneers of Excellence Award has been added to recognize entities that contributed in the  70's and before. 


Eligible candidates include teams, companies, organizations or groups that have made exceptional and noteworthy contribution(s) to the sport of skydiving in the form of development, evolution and preservation of skydiving through

  • Innovation
  • Performance and/or Competitive Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Safety
  • Sponsorship and/or Philanthropy
  • Aviation
  • Design, Invention, and/or Manufacturing
  • Sport Promotion
  • Photography/Videography

Selection Procedure

After being vetted for accuracy, nominations are voted on by the following vital supporters of the Museum & Hall of Fame:

  • Museum Trustees
  • Museum Trustees-at-Large
  • Museum Ambassadors
  • Members of the International Skydiving Hall of Fame
  • ​Previous Path and Pioneers of Excellence Award Recipients
  • Major Supporters
  • International Skydiving Commission Delegates
  • ​Past Recipients
  • Chairs of Parachute Industry Association Committees
  • Select prominent members of the global skydiving community

 Each individual may vote for their top three candidates as follows:

  • First Choice: 3 points
  • Second Choice: 2 points
  • Third Choice: 1 point

The top 3 candidates' nomination along with their vote totals will then be provided to the ISM POE Selection Committee to decide by way of discussion and vote which entity will receive the Path of Excellence/Pioneers of Excellence Awards.

The Path of Excellence/Pioneers of Excellence Awards recipients will be ratified by the full ISM Board of Trustees.

Pioneers of Excellence Recipients

  • 2023  US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, Competition Teams
  • 2022  1970 Freefall Exhibition Team
  • 2021  Para Gear Equipment Co., Inc.

Path of Excellence Recipients 

  • 2023  Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS)
  • 2021  Arizona Airspeed
  • 2020 World Team 2006 - 400-Way largest Formation World Record
  • 2019  100-Way Canopy Large Formation World Record
  • ​2018  1988 Seoul Olympic Skydiving Exhibition Team

​Honoree Award Recipients (has been retired)

  • 2017  PIA and its Founding Members
  • 2016  Parachutist Over Phorty Society (POPS) and its member organizations
  • 2015  National Collegiate parachuting
  • 2014  U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights
  • 2013  Lew Sanborn
  • 2012  Star Crest Recipients Program (SCR), administered by Bill Newell
  • 2010 Joe Kittinger

Deadline for nominations is February 1 of each year. 

Nominations not selected will remain on file for future consideration.