Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Watch The Plain Dealer's Joshua Gunter soar with the Blue Angels (video) * Sun News - cleveland.com | Watch The Plain Dealer's Joshua Gunter soar with the Blue Angels Along with two local school teachers, The Plain Dealer's Joshua Gunter got the chance to soar with the Blue Angels and see what it's like to flip and spin in a $20+ million high...

Cleveland National Air Races and Air Show span a century of flight (mega ... * The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com | There were elements of what we think of as an air show in the original races: static displays and exhibition flying. The show as we know it today started in 1964, with Newcomb, a former member of the Blue Angels, running it from 1975 onward. He said ...

Aerobatic aircraft practice for Cleveland Air Show (slideshow) * The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com | http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNGNuz34Jhf5XY0y8pqdxbFubehDGQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778593997479&ei=8gj_U8iyEYOtgAetzoHQBw&url=http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/08/aerobatic_aircraft_practice_fo.htmlJohn Klatt operates his aerobatic team on behalf of the Air National Guard. Klatt himself is a Lt. Colonel in the Minnesota Air National Guard as well as a pilot for a national carrier. He has flown the F-16 Fighting Falcon during three combat...

Preps continue for big Kalispell air show - KPAX-TV | KALISPELL - The Kalispell area will be home to thousands of visitors and more than a few different airplanes as the Mountain Madness Airshow comes to town this weekend. Reporter Dax VanFossen tells us that the preparation is well underway, and thanks to the National Guard and Air Force, the runway will be just a little bit safer come Saturday....

Selfridge air show fulfills the need for speed * C&G Newspapers | Among the new features at the 2014 Open House will be a Women in Aviation booth, at which many of the pilots, maintainers and other female personnel who will be active in the Air Show portion of the Open House will make short presentations on their...

Wings Over Waukegan Air Show aims to wow crowds with aerial acrobatics * Lake County News Sun | Crowds at the 14th annual Wings Over Waukegan Air Show can keep their eyes locked on the sky the first weekend of September as vintage planes will fly over the Waukegan National Airport. Attendees also can check out wing walkers, skydivers and watch...

Skydiver's dream was to fall from the heavens * Journal and Courier | Sgt. 1st Class Jared Zell and other members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights skydive Wednesday, August 27, 2014, above Frankfort Municipal Airport. Zell is a 2003 graduate of Benton Central High School. By John Terhune and Sgt. 1st Class Christopher...

VIDEO: Rain, a 94-year-old wingwalker, some cancellations and a perfect ... - Bournemouth Echo | YOU couldn't have scripted it. As 94-year-old wingwalker Tom Lackey opened the Bournemouth Air Festival this afternoon, the weather drew in....Red, white and blue smoke made for spectacular photos and memories for those watching against an increasingly-blue sky. Earlier, as the conditions improved, the Black Cats helicopter team opened the display schedule proper, for the first time a pairing of a Lynx helicopter and the all-new Wildcat. Flying at all angles was the order of the day as the Royal Navy helicopters showed their stuff.  Then it was time to see the aircraft that all would-be RAF pilots start out in - the humble Tutor and the Tucano showing off their versatility as training planes....

Red Arrows fly over Dorset again at the Bournemouth Air Festival * Bridport and Lyme Regis News | THE Red Arrows, daredevil wing-walking and a Battle of Britain memorial display will all be highlights at the seventh Bournemouth Air Festival. Today is the start of the annual event, which will see all eyes on the skies this weekend. For the first...

Alan Miller « Red Tail Squadron Red Tail Squadron  * Red Tail Squadron  | For CAF Red Tail Squadron pilot Alan Miller, an appreciation for warbirds and the zest for aviation must run in his blood. It’s not everyday you come across a father and son team that both fly for the Commemorative Air Force. When Alan is not flying our P-51C Mustang, the Tuskegee Airmen, you can find him flying the B-25J Miss Mitchell with his father for the Minnesota Wing of the CAF!...

Another perspective from last week's historic formation flight in the UK * LiveAirShowTV

Paul Bowen Air-to-Air Photographer * bhphotovideo | Paul Bowen is staring through the viewfinder of his Canon EOS-1D X as a jet, only 50 feet away, speeds directly at him at 200 mph. Luckily for everyone involved, the plane into which Bowen is strapped is speeding away at the same speed. This delicately choreographed dance is one with many partners, all of whom are following the deliberate lead of Bowen, while making their own expert adjustments....

Upcoming Spitfire Open Cockpit Day at Palm Springs Air Museum * Warbirds News  | Saturday, Aug 30- From 1 – 3 PM, Aviation enthusiast will have the opportunity to sit behind the controls of the Supermarine Spitfire as the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts its traditional “Open Cockpit” event. Free activities booklet for all children. Included with regular museum admission....

Smithsonian unveils laser-scanned 3D model of Wright Flyer · General Aviation News | The Wright brothers are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane. With that same pioneer spirit, the Smithsonian recently unveiled its X 3D Collection and state-of-the-art 3D explorer. As part of the X 3D Collection, the 1903 Wright Flyer was scanned using a laser, producing an accurate 3D model....

Let's make these women proud - Columbia Star  | During WWII women workers were regarded as http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEIX6feainlb35DwsO8024Vq3kp2w&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=9GD_U6jdIuT6wQHppYFg&url=http://www.thecolumbiastar.com/news/2014-08-29/Front_Page/Lets_make_these_women_proud.htmlparticularly adept at working in small spaces and remaining focused while performing repetitive tasks. Women on the assembly lines produced aircraft, engines, tanks, and trucks at increasing rates of production without compromising safety. Things are starting to happen with the B-25 restoration project. South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation ( SCHAF) received a grant from the...

The Telescope and The Blimp * Travel for Aircraft | The Telescope and The Blimp The New York Times published an article on 25 August 2014 regarding the potential of using lighter-than-air flight in blimps to carry telescopes aloft in Joshua A. Krisch’s article, Modern Research Borne on a Relic. The article is intriguing for its description of the challenges of long-duration high-altitude lighter-than-air flight as well as […]

NAHA Awards Honor Volunteers, Partners at 2014 Meeting · Warbirds News | The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) named architect Steve Brown as the winner of the Ivonette Wright Miller Award at its 2014 annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26.NAHA also awarded its Wick Wright Award to the Dayton Foundation and its PROPS (Partner Recognition of Phenomenal Support) Award to Dayton History.Brown received the...

Essay contest winner will earn ride from air show superstar Sean D. Tucker  * My Hillsboro | Air show superstar Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle will give one child, age 8-17, the opportunity to fly among the stars. Kids will be asked to submit an essay answering one of two questions centered around aviation. The contest is part of the "Young Eagles" program developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1992 designed to encourage children who are interested in aviation to pursue their interest. The Oregon International Air Show and the EAA will be working together to determine the winner of the flight. The deadline for the contest is Wednesday, September 10, and the winner will be announced on September 12, 2014....

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Fans of aviation enjoy Blue Angels downtown Cleveland fly over during photo ... - NewsNet5.com | CLEVELAND - Visitors to Voinovich Bicentennial Park in downtown Cleveland received an aviation treat Wednesday as pilots with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, performed a fly over during an official Blue Angels photo shoot....

Teachers fly with Navy Blue Angels - NewsNet5.com | CLEVELAND, Oh. - Two Northeast Ohio http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/teachers-fly-with-navy-blue-angelsteachers had the rides of their lives today. Josh Hubeler, of Lutheran West High School and Nick Lapsevich, who teaches at North Royalton High School, each spent 45 minutes getting a bird's eye view of the area from the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet, the current jet of choice for the Navy Blue Angel Squadron. The Navy Blue Angels are in town for the 2014 Cleveland Air Show which takes place this Labor Day Weekend.  Hubeler, who is also a soccer coach, and Lapsevich, who coaches basketball, were chosen as part of an outreach program to get the word out about career opportunities in the Navy....

Upping the excitement: Cleveland Air Show's soaring return - fox8.com | CLEVELAND– The Blue Angels gave Northeast Ohio a preview of what we can expect this Labor Day weekend, during a unique photo shoot with Cleveland’s city skyline serving as a backdrop Wednesday afternoon. Organizers of the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show are promising this year will be bigger and better than past years, with fans already fueling the excitement....

Comic, singer, Thunderbirds to fly high at Glacier's Mountain Madness Airshow - The Missoulian | http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/comic-singer-thunderbirds-to-fly-high-at-glacier-s-mountain/article_1c4badd4-2e4d-11e4-9a0a-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=trueKALISPELL – A comedian … a singer … a performer whose ballet-like act involves something called the “Outside Humpty Bump.” Put them on a stage and you might have a show. Then again, you might not. But put them in the skies over Kalispell – a much better spot for them, given that they’re all pilots – and you’ve got part of Saturday and Sunday’s Mountain Madness Airshow at Glacier International Airport. Kent Pietsch (the flying comic), Will Allen (the flying tenor) and Gary Rower (a commercial airline pilot whose passengers on overseas flights presumably never experience the “Outside Humpty Bump”) aren’t even the main attraction...

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Help out Team Ruby - Donate! * Pylon Place | Have you ever wanted to sponsor an Air Races Team? How about Team Ruby!

18th annual Airfest held at Cape May County airport - NBC40 | A local aviation museum is playing host to some very impressive aircraft this week. The 18th annual Airfest kicked off Wednesday at the Cape May County airport. Guests of the airport's Naval Air Station Museum will get the chance to see several famous World War II aircraft....

47th annual BBQ, Fly-in Sunday - The Trinity Journal | The 47th annual Lions Club BBQ and Fly-in will soar from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Trinity Center.  Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the opening of the Art and Craft Faire. A barbecue meal is available from noon to 5 p.m. with live music from 1 to 5 p.m. The barbecue is held on the grounds of the Trinity Airport Resort, a beautiful park-like setting adjacent to the airport on Airport Road....

Flight enthusiasts can take a 'Sentimental Journey' - Stafford County Sun | "Like a child in wild anticipation, I long to hear that 'All aboard.'" Even though Frank Sinatra's "Sentimental Journey" home was on a train, residents in the Culpeper area can take a sentimental journey of their own by visiting Culpeper Warbird Week at Culpeper County Airport....

Photos: B-17 Flying Fortress comes to Baltimore * WBAL Baltimore | The Movie Memphis Belle is the B-17 that visitors can explore at Martin State Airport. Made in April 1945 and never used for combat, it's one of the few B-17s left that can still take to the sky. WBAL-TV/Katie Lange. View Large. Photos. The Movie...

1937 Electra being restored for trip home to Prague - Kansas.com | A 1937 Lockheed 10A “Electra” — sister to the one flown by aviatrix Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated final flight — is getting new life inside a Newton hangar. Restoration work is underway by Wichita Air Services’ vintage aircraft maintenance and restoration business at the Newton City-County Airport.  Work began nearly four years ago...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Phase Two for The Restorers

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force continues to screen episodes of The Restorers in their large-format digital theater.  Next up...
"Episode 3 - Aviation Destinations" for the month of September.  In October, look for "Episode 4 - The Aviatrix."
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Blue Angels Plan Advance Photo Shoot Over Cleveland - ErieTVNews | The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly the squadron's six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation around the city with a seventh flying abreast of the formation to photograph the Delta with the city in the background...

Real-life WWII 'Rosie the Riveter's dream comes true, meets the Blue Angels - The Grio | The dreams of two women, one of whom was a real-life “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII, came true earlier this month when their wish to meet the Blue Angels was granted. Ida Settle, 78, and her half-sister Isabelle have shared a love of airplanes, often spending time together at airshows....

Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, Right Wing, Blue Angels - FederalNewsRadio.com | If you've been to an air show, you've seen them: The Blue Angels. They're the Navy's flight demonstration squadron zooming in formation in meticulously painted F-18s. Tom Temin caught up with Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, number 2 pilot and right wing, on the Federal Drive as the Angels prepare to receive new recruits. He told Tom about the crew of 130 that make the show happen day in and day out...

Get ready Texas – the Red Bull Air Race is coming * Red Bull World Series | The fifth round of the http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_INT/article/get-ready-texas-red-bull-air-race-comingRed Bull Air Race might have only just wrapped up, but the racing is stepping up a gear and taking it to the next level with the next stop in Texas, USA just over two weeks' time. The Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas - Fort Worth will welcome the sixth stop of the Red Bull Air Race as the action hots up and there's everything to play for... and only limited points left to be won...

UAS Challenge latest addition to National Championship Air Races * News4 | RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- In addition to drone displays, National Championship Air Race fans can now fly UAVs this coming September. "Incorporating UAS into the National Championship Reno Air Races has been a huge push for us," said Vice Chair of Sponsorships Mary Beth Sewald....

Wings and Wheels expo returns to OC Airport - Delmarva Daily Times | A vehicle and aircraft exhibition this weekend will raise money for maintenance and upkeep of a Vietnam-era helicopter on display at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. Proceeds will support the Huey Memorial Display Fund. The helicopter is a Bell UH-1 Iroquois, manufactured in 1973. It’s one of the latest in the series, which made its debut in the 1950s. The troops call it a Huey, a play on its UH-1 designation....

A Look Back at EAA AirVenture  * eaavideo.org

Fort Bend Radio Control Club air show to benefit ADA - Your Houston News | The Fort Bend Radio Control Club will host its 16th annual Model Air Show and Model Aircraft Fly-in on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the club’s flying field in Rosenberg.  The program is held to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Fund (Jerry’s Kids)...

Thunder in the Valley · U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" | Over the past weekend Gold Team participated in the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Waterloo, IA conducting 3 shows. On Friday, the team did a mass formation with SSG Roman Grijalva, fresh out of Senior Leaders Course, jumping into the show first and then narrating for Children’s Appreciation Day. There were hundreds of students, which came from...

World Champion Golden Knight’s 8-Way Team · U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" | http://armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil/2014/08/26/world-champion-golden-kmights-8-way-team/Monday morning at the 2014 World Parachuting Championships in the Czech Republic. The 8-Way Formation Skydiving Team has completed their eighth and final practice jump out of the L-410 Turbolet aircraft. The L-410 is extremely different than the UV-18 Twin Otter aircraft that the Golden Knights primarily train from. The turbojet door is...

A Sentimental Journey aboard a B-17 - Fredericksburg.com | The Free Lance-Star Photography Department shares the stories behind the photos. One of the last flying WWII B-17 bombers, “Sentimental Journey,” will be available for cockpit tours and flights at Culpeper Regional Airport, August 25th – 31st, 2014. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the primary bomber used by the American Air Force against the industrial strength of Nazi Germany, and is widely acknowledged as having turned the tide of World War II. Of the...

Five World War II aircraft scheduled here Aug. 29-31 - Princeton Union Eagle | The Commemorative Air Force-Minnesota Wing, based in South St. Paul, plans to bring five World War II aircraft, including the, to the Princeton airport for the public to inspect for free on Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31.  Miss Mitchell was flown during World War II, serving with distinction as part of the 12th Air Force, 57th Bomb Wing in Corsica, Sicily and Italy, and completed more than 135 missions with no serious injuries to her crew...

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World War One anniversary: Bullet passed through pilot's neck and hit my leg ... * Nottingham Post | Nottinghamshire airman William Hodgson Sugden-Wilsn was taken prisoner after landing his plane in northern France during the First World War. Marcus Boocock reports. WITHIN three months of gaining his Aero Club certificate, William Hodgson...

Dan Rossman, who piloted B-25 that sank in Lake Greenwood in 1944, dead at 90 - Greenwood Index Journal | The late Daniel Rossman is associated with an often-talked-about incident in Greenwood’s aviation history that occurred on the same date as D-Day, the invasion of then German-occupied France, during World War II. Rossman was one of two Army Air Service students in training in the Upstate, under the guidance of an instructor, when a B-25 bomber went down in Lake Greenwood....

Potez 29 Squad 1 Indochina * Xavier Cotton | Here again is a picture of Jacques Hemet collection. To http://translate.google.com/translate?client=tmpg&hl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpassiondesavions.blogspot.com%2F2014%2F08%2Fpotez-29-escadrille-1-dindochine.html%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2Bblogspot%252FJTGq%2B%2528Passion%2Bpour%2Bl%2527aviation%2529&langpair=fr|enthe question on AĆ©roforum Lucien Morareau who participated in the book " The French Air Force in Indochina 1910-1945 "Christophe Cony Michel Ledet replied. This photo was...

F-4D Phantom II Cockpit Resurrected from the Dead · WarbirdsNews | The hobby of collecting aircraft cockpits first really took off, so to speak, in the UK, where hundreds of people are involved in their collection, restoration and display. These range from just the actual cockpit section, all the way up to entire forward fuselages of aircraft types as large as an Avro Vulcan bomber. Typically, the...

National WASP WWII Museum Participates in"Museum Day Live" by the Smithsonian * WASP Museum | On September 27th, the National WASP World War II Museum will be participating in "Museum Day Live" by the Smithsonian.

Wingfoot One ushers in new era for Goodyear Blimps· | AKRON, Ohio — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s newest blimp, Wingfoot One, was http://generalaviationnews.com/2014/08/26/wingfoot-one-ushers-in-new-era-for-goodyear-blimps/christened Aug. 23 by Robin Roberts, the co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Wingfoot One officially joins Goodyear’s fleet of blimps, ushering in a new era of technologically-advanced airships....

Flying On The New Goodyear Zeppelin Is Unlike All Other Flying from Jalopnik | I've flown on many aircraft types, from modern widebody jets to vintage turboprops, helicopters and even a military transport plane. But of those hundreds of flights, nothing I've flown on in the past compares to the Zeppelin LZ N07-101 I flew on Saturday. It's Goodyear's newest airship, dubbed Wingfoot One....

Museum to begin restoring massive Titan 4B rocket by Sarah Swan, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force | DAYTON, Ohio -- It sits in gigantic pieces in a World War II era hangar at Wright-Patterson Air Force. Acquired in 2005 from Lockheed Martin, this important space artifact has been waiting in storage for restoration specialists to bring it back to life. Now, as the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force prepares for its new 224,000 square foot fourth building, the time has finally come to begin restoring the Titan 4B space launch vehicle....

Women in Aviation expands youth outreach · General Aviation News | Women in Aviation, International (WAI) has announced that the association’s “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day” held for the past three years during WAI’s annual conference has been expanded to include an international day to attract girls to aviation planned for Sept. 26, 2015....

Young pilot named finalist in Entrepreneur contest · General Aviation News | At just 19, John Hill already has three years under his belt working the front desk at an FBO. A passionate pilot — he http://www.suasnews.com/2014/08/30812/x-47b-night-ops/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sUASNews+%28sUAS+News%29earned his ticket at age 17 — Hill divides his time between his work at ProJet Aviation, the FBO at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO) in Virginia, and his studies at George Mason University...

X-47B night ops by suas News • Along with its successful mission of flying with a manned aircraft, the X-47B team also completed “Night Taxi Ops.” The team successfully maneuvered X-47B around the...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CELEBRATING 16 YEARS AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES

Stead Airport, Reno, NV. – The most beautiful, pristine and historical aircraft have graced the east www.heritagetrophy.orgend of Reno-Stead Airport for the last 16 years as contestants in the annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational. The Invitational is held in conjunction with the National Championship Air Races and 2014 promises to be another tremendous year for the vintage aircraft competition. 

The Invitational gives aircraft owners and restorers the opportunity to bring their skillfully restored aircraft to the high desert of northern Nevada and compete for the prestigious Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy.

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2012 Unveiling of the
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“We are gearing up for another outstanding event,” said Ken Perich, Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. “We are thrilled to be working closely with the Pathways to Aviation Foundation and to playing a significant role in the National Championship Air Races non-racing events.”

Thousands of hours of labor and dedication to the smallest details by the aircraft owners and restorers come to fruition at the Invitational. The fully restored aircraft are a wonderful sight to behold. The Invitational has been called the nation’s premiere traveling aviation museum. Admission to view the Invitational is open to anyone attending the Reno Air Races.  Throughout race week spectators can take a walk through aviation history as they view a wide array of beautifully restored airplanes –living testaments to our rich aviation history.

The National Aviation Heritage Invitational competition encourages the preservation and restoration of historic aircraft to airworthy condition and to the very highest standards of workmanship and historical accuracy.
 
Participants compete in four categories:

~Antique – includes all eligible civil aircraft flying in 1945 and earlier.  The winning aircraft will be awarded the Orville and Wilber Wright trophy;

~Classic – includes all eligible civil aircraft flying in years 1946 to 1968.  The winning aircraft will be awarded the Paul E. Garber trophy.

~Warbird – includes all eligible military aircraft flying prior to 1968.  The winning aircraft will be awarded the Henry “Hap” Arnold trophy.

~Large Aircraft -includes all eligible aircraft, flying prior to 1968, both civil and military with wingspans of 45 feet or more. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Howard Hughes trophy.

Each aircraft is judged on its technical merit and how well it represents the aircraft early in its career.  Authenticity to the original manufacturer's condition is the "gold standard" for each plane.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s ‘People’s Choice’ trophy is awarded to the owner of the aircraft which receives the most votes from the public reviewing the aircraft during the Invitational. Voting ends Saturday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees,   R.A. ‘Bob’ Hoover, Hoot Gibson, Herb Kelleher, Dick Rutan and Bud Anderson will assist in presenting awards on the morning of September 14.

“We are grateful and pleased to welcome back Presenting Sponsor, Perform Air,” said Perich.  Perform Air is joined by Air & Space Smithsonian magazine,  Pathways to Aviation Foundation, Air Transport World,  ISTAT Foundation and Historic Flight Foundation in their dedication to the preservation of aviation history as our 2014 trophy sponsors.

 Southwest Airlines joins us this year as a supporter along with; the Reno Air Racing Association, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Airmail Greetings, The Perich Group and LiveAirShow TV.



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PERFORM AIR TO ONCE AGAIN TO BE PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR THE NATIONAL AVIATION HERITAGE INVITATIONAL



Additional Trophy sponsors announced for 2014: Historic Flight Foundation, ISTAT Foundation, Pathways to Aviation (formerly Reno Air Racing Foundation) join returning sponsors Air Transport World and Air & Space Smithsonian

Stead Airport- Reno, NV. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational began 16 years ago when a group of aviation professionals and enthusiasts had a vision to encourage the preservation of our nation’s rich aviation heritage. The result was the creation of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational which showcases beautifully restored vintage aircraft in a friendly competition environment. Owners and restorers from all over the country come to northern Nevada every September to vie for the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage trophy.

“We are extremely pleased to have Perform Air join us again as our National Aviation Heritage Invitational’s 2014 Presenting Sponsor,” said Ken Perich, Executive Director. “The management team of Perform Air is very generous in their support of the aviation community and we are privileged that they will play a major role in our Invitational again this year.”

The Invitational held in conjunction with the Reno National Championship Air Races September 10-14, 2014 commemorates our aviation history and legacy is supported by our six trophy sponsors and supporters including: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Southwest Airlines, LiveAirShowTV, the Reno Air Racing Association, Airmail Greetings, and The Perich Group.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s ‘People’s Choice’ trophy, sponsored by Air & Space Smithsonian magazine, is awarded to the owner of the aircraft which receives the most votes from the public reviewing the aircraft during the Invitational. 

There’s nothing like being on the ramp for all the excitement of the air races and festivities, but for those who will not be there-LiveAirShowTV will be filming and interviewing throughout the week and will featuring the Invitational Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 14.      

The Invitational competition encourages the preservation and restoration of historic aircraft to airworthy condition and to the very highest standards of workmanship and historical accuracy. Participants compete in four categories, and are judged by a five-member panel including a representative from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Antique – includes all eligible civil aircraft flying in 1945 and earlier.  The winning aircraft will be awarded the Orville and Wilber Wright trophy;

Classic – includes all eligible civil aircraft flying in years 1946 to 1968.  The winning aircraft will be awarded the Paul E. Garber trophy.

Warbird – includes all eligible military aircraft flying prior to 1968.  The winning aircraft will be awarded the Henry 'Hap' Arnold trophy.

Large Aircraft -includes all eligible aircraft, flying prior to 1968, both civil and military with wingspans of 45 feet or more. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Howard Hughes trophy.

Each aircraft is judged on its technical merit and how well it represents the aircraft early in its career.  Authenticity to the original manufacturer's condition is the "gold standard" for each plane.

  Website:  www.heritagetrophy.org

*The National Aviation Heritage Invitational is a Limited Liability Company