Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation Sponsors the Henry ‘Hap' Arnold Trophy at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational
For Immediate Release-Reno, Nev. We are excited to announce and welcome the Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation (EHGF) as sponsor for the coveted Henry ‘Hap' Arnold Trophy for Military aircraft in 2022.
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational is the prestigious competition for restored aircraft at the Stihl National Championship Air Races, Sept 14-18, 2022.
The Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation (EHGF) is a recognized 501(c)3 entity.
Founded in 2020, the foundation has awarded more than tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to students aspiring for a career in aviation.
Getchell (Getch), who passed away in 2020 at age 85 wanted to give back to the aviation community he so dearly loved. His resources are supporting the future aviators, mechanics, and students of aviation history.
"This year we're sponsoring five major flight scholarships through the Auburn Aviation Association," said Ben Marsh, EHGF board member.
In addition, the foundation contributes to the Reno Air Racing Association scholarship program and has awarded grants to students working on their airframe and powerplant mechanic's license at Sacramento City College. "The Getchell Foundation is pleased to sponsor maintenance grants as well as flight scholarships. We want to do more of this," Ben Marsh said. He continued, "NAHI is the right kind of group for the Foundation to promote through. We appreciate the venue, the people and the spirit of historic aviation it supports."
It is fitting the foundation is sponsoring the NAHI Military category as Getchell had a passion for his Hawker Sea Fury (N260X) that he acquired in 1974. He consulted with Sea Fury experts, well known in the aviation community, Frank Sanders and Lloyd Hamilton during its restoration, on flight operations as well as airframe and engine maintenance.
Getchell traveled regularly to air shows, sometimes participating in formation flying demonstrations and he also performed in the U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight. One could always see him thoroughly polishing his Sea Fury and took pride in sharing its information and history airshow fans.
The Sea Fury is in undergoing restoration at Sanders Aeronautics in the California Sierra Foothills at the Eagles Nest Airport, nearing completion to flying status. Getchells' desire was to leave his resources to maintain and care for his pride and joy. It is lovingly attended to by a group of people that show the same dedication that Getchell possessed in all his endeavors, including the U.S. Army, college, skydiving, commercial pilot, engineer and flight instructor.
His legacy lives on through maintaining and education the history and fostering the future of aviation.
Please stop by the National Aviation Heritage Invitational, enjoy taking a walk-through aviation history and visit with the many owners and restorers who take pride in keeping aviation history alive.
About the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI):
NAHI, founded in 1998 at the Reno Air Races by four well-known aviation-oriented organizations; Rolls-Royce, the Reno Air Racing Association, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The goal of NAHI is to preserve our nation's rich aviation history by encouraging the restoration of vintage aircraft to airworthy condition. In addition, NAHI work with the aircraft, owners, pilots, and aviation legends to encourage students to pursue careers within the aviation and aerospace industry.
About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The National Championship Air Races are held every September just north of Reno by the Reno Air Racing Association, a 501(c)(3). The event has become an institution for Northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world with seven racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. Independent economic impact studies show that the event generates as much as $100 million annually for the local economy. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, visit AirRace.org.
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