Returning Champions on the Ramp in Rerno
September 2, 2022: National Aviation Heritage Invitational

Returning Previous Winners to be on the Ramp this Year at NAHI

For Immediate Release:
(September 1, 2022 -RENO, Nevada) The National Aviation Heritage Invitational, held at the Stihl National Championship Air Races, September 14-18, 2022, is thrilled to welcome back several former NAHI champion aircraft.
The 1944 SNJ, a WWII-era Navy trainer owned by Chuck Wahl that won the Grand Champion award in 2009.

The 2011 Grand Champion, restored by Chuck Wentworth's Antique Aero: the Bleriot X1.
This year he's bringing a new entry, a freshly restored 1939 Waco ZQC-6.

Josh Cawthra is returning with his spectacular Cessna 140, the 2014 Classic Trophy winner.

Chris Galloway, who won the 2019 Grand Champion trophy with his with his beautiful Waco, is returning with another newly restored 1940 Waco SRE.

Capt. Eddie Kurdziel is returning with his crowd favorite, the ultra-rare 1950 Fairey Firefly, the 2002 Grand Champion.

Please join us in welcoming back these participants and enjoy all the skillfully restored vintage aircraft this year on the Reno ramp.
About the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI):
NAHI was 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

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