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.
*The National Aviation Heritage Invitational is a Limited Liability Company