2021 National Aviation Heritage Trophy Winners
September 24, 2021: Stihl National Championship Air Races

Announcing winners at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.


It was a successful week with great showing of beautiful aircraft! Please be sure to check our winner's and photo galley, here on our website!
Thank you to our Sponsors, Supporters, Participants and Volunteers


and the winners are....



National Aviation Heritage Invitational Announces 2021 Awards to Restored Aircraft.


Recipient of the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy

National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinees joined presenting sponsor Perform Air International in awarding the Grand Champion Neil A. Armstrong National Aviation Heritage Trophy to the:

1945 Spitfire, N752TB, owned by Charles Somers, McClellan Park, California

Winners in other categories:
ANTIQUE: 1944 Beech D17S, N1196V, Robert and D'Marie Simon, Del Mar, California
The Orville and Wilbur Wright Trophy is sponsored by West Star Aviation & Dallas Aeronautical Services
CLASSIC: 1946 Globe Swift, N78103, Karl Johanson, San Diego, California
The Paul E. Garber Trophy for Classic Aircraft is sponsored by the Reno Air Racing Association.
CONTEMPORARY: 1967 Beech Debonair, N6219V, Karl Johanson, San Diego, California
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Trophy is sponsored by Wings of Hope.
MILITARY: 1944 North American P-51D, N8677, Gene Mallette, Helena, Montana. The Henry "Hap" Arnold Trophy is sponsored by The Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation.

National Aviation Hall of Fame People's Choice Award
-Airplane of the Year:
1945 Spitfire, N752TB, owned by Charles Somers, McClellan Park, California
The People's Choice Trophy is sponsored by the Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine.

Assisting in the trophy presentations to the winning owners were National Aviation Hall of
Fame Enshrinees: Col. Clarence "Bud" Anderson • Clay Lacy • Dick Rutan
• Sean D. Tucker.

The Presenting Sponsor, Perform Air International, is joined by the Reno Air Racing Association, National Aviation Hall of Fame, and Air and Space Smithsonian Magazine.
Special thanks to Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine for its dedication to the preservation of aviation history as our 2021 People's Choice Trophy sponsor.
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational encourages preservation of aviation history through the restoration of aircraft to original flying condition. The Invitational was founded in 1998. A five-member panel, including representatives of the National Air and Space Museum, judges each aircraft 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.

More information can be found at www.heritagetrophy.com
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