Reno National Championship Air Races at Stead Field – National Aviation Heritage Invitational Trophy
Getaway to Reno for the National Championship Air Races, currently the only air races being held in America. See NCAR updated 2010 Reports and Winners.
Nevada trophy winners include Bill Scott of Reno – winner of Classic Category (Paul E. Garber Trophy): for his 1945 Grumman G44A and William Allmon of Las Vegas – 2010 – Reno Overall Winner of Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy for his 1945 North American P51-D. See Aviation Heritage Trophy Winners photogallery below.
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational was held at the Reno National Championship Air Races, September 15th – 19th, 2010 at Stead Field in Reno. Aircraft in competition were on display at the event. Lunch, a reception, and refreshments were served and gifts were given out in tent pavilions at the edge of the ramp. Rolls-Royce had an elevated VIP viewing area as well.
The overall winning aircraft is awarded the Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy and one aircraft receives the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s People’s Choice Award based on popular vote. The Grand Champion and recipient of the Rolls-Royce National Aviation Heritage Trophy will have his name engraved on the trophy, which is displayed at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Trophies are awarded in three categories – antique, classic and warbird, defined as follows:
- Antique – includes all eligible civil aircraft flying in 1935 and earlier. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Orville and Wilber Wright trophy;
- Classic – includes all eligible civil aircraft flying in years 1936 to 1965. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Paul E. Garber trophy; and
- Warbird – includes all eligible military aircraft flying prior to 1965. The winning aircraft will be awarded the Henry “Hap” Arnold trophy.
2010 Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy Winners
- Reno Overall Winner Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy – 1945 North American P51-D
- Reno Classic Winner Classic Category (Paul E. Garber Trophy): 1945 Grumman G44A
- Reno Antique Winner Antique Category (Orville and Wilbur Wright Trophy): 1929 Hamilton Metalplane
- Reno Military Winner Military Category (Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold Trophy): 1945 Goodyear Corsair FG-1D
- Reno Large Aircraft Large Aircraft (Howard Hughes Trophy): 1934 Douglas DC-2
- Reno People’s Choice National Aviation Hall of Fame People’s Choice Award: 1928 Boeing 40C1
2009 Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy Winners
- Reno Overall Winner 1944 North American SNJ-5C, owned by Chuck Wahl of Cameron Park, California
- Reno Classic Winner 1937 Stinson SR-9F, owned by Richard Rezabek of Santa Clarita, California
- Reno Antique Winner 1934 Waco YMF-3 owned by Robert Juranich of Des Moines, Washington
- Reno Military Winner 1940 Ryan STM-2, owned by Bill and Claudia Allen of El Cajon, California
- Reno People’s Choice 1937 Stinson SR-9F, owned by Richard Rezabek of Santa Clarita, California
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational’s goal is to encourage the preservation of aviation history through the restoration of vintage aircraft to original flying condition. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational promotes aircraft restoration via friendly competition, bringing valuable aviation treasures together in one venue. This endeavor is a joint effort under the auspices of Rolls-Royce North America Inc., the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the Reno Air Racing Foundation and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Former Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Captain USN (retired) Robert “Hoot” Gibson is the first official Ambassador for the NAHI. He is a graduate of the highly acclaimed US Navy Fighter Weapons School, “Top Gun”, and served combat missions in Southeast Asia. Gibson was an Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander between 1978 and 1995. He flew 5 successful missions with satellites, DOD payloads, and Science Laboratories, commanding four of them. More about “Hoot” Gibson.
Past MC’s include Apollo 13 Commander General (retired) Jim Lovell, Enola Gay Aircraft Commander General (retired) Paul Tibbets, Apollo Astronaut Colonel (retired) Frank Borman, Apollo Astronaut and last man on the moon, Captain (retired) Gene Cernan, Apollo Astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, Neil A. Armstrong and world famous Acrobatic Performer Patty Wagstaff.
The Aviation Heritage invites all those who own an aircraft that fit the Invitational Judging Criteria to apply. Share your own piece of aviation history at Reno and compete to be enshrined in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum! For more details and how to obtain an entry application for the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.
Plan ahead to attend next year’s Reno Air Races in September 2011, and check out Sharon Gay’s Reno Restaurant Guide and Reno Lodging Guide for the best dining and hotel options near the air races.
Getaways to Autumn Air Shows
Sept. 11-12, Display Day at Schellville Airport, Sonoma, CA
Sept. 15-19, Reno National Championship Air Races at Stead Field, Reno NV
Sept. 24-26, Annual Clearlake Splash-In at Lakeport, Clearlake, CA
Oct. 7-12, San Francisco Bay, Air Show @ Fleet Week, San Francisco Bay, CA