The National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) will hold its 20th annual vintage aircraft competition at the 2021 Reno Air Races.
The application process is now open for the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy.
The vintage aircraft competition, which was founded in 1998, has two primary goals: To encourage the preservation of aviation history by encouraging the restoration of vintage aircraft to airworthy condition, and to help inspire our nation’s youth to pursue careers in the aviation and aerospace industry, according to officials.
To enter, aircraft must be manufactured at least 45 years ago and restored to airworthy condition. For the 2021 competition, that means aircraft must be manufactured in 1976 or before.
A panel of judges will review participating aircraft against standards in line with those of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. This includes authenticity, quality of workmanship, attention to detail, and technical merit, officials explain.
Rick Torres arrives at dawn in his pristine 1959 Cessna 175 for the 2019 National Aviation Heritage Invitational.
Aircraft can be entered to compete in one of the five judging categoriesL Antique, Classic, Contemporary, Military, and Large Aircraft.
Antique includes all eligible civil aircraft manufactured in 1945 and earlier. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Orville and Wilber Wright trophy.
Classic includes all eligible civil aircraft manufactured in years 1946 to 1956. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Paul E. Garber trophy.
Contemporary includes all eligible civil aircraft manufactured between 1956 to 1976. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Trophy.
Military includes all eligible military aircraft manufactured in 1976 and before. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Henry “Hap” Arnold trophy.
Large Aircraft includes all eligible aircraft, both civil and military, manufactured in 1976 and before with
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