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Rolls-Royce welcomes new sponsors for 10th annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Rolls-Royce will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nevada on September 10-14, 2008, joined by new sponsors Air Transport World, Speed News and Airmail Greetings.

Customized artwork by Joe Jones of Airmail Greetings will feature in several issues of Air Transport World and Speed News throughout 2008. With combined worldwide readership of 200,000 for both publications, the Air Transport World and Speed News sponsorships will provide the largest network outreach in the Invitational’s ten-year history.

“We are delighted to welcome Air Transport World, Speed News and Airmail Greetings as sponsors,” said Ken Perich, Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. “Through their participation we are able to broaden our mission to support the preservation of aviation history through restoration of antique aircrafts to original flying condition.”

On September 10, aviation owners and enthusiasts across the country will convene to celebrate a part of our nation’s history. As in years past, owners of antique aircraft, 45 years or older, will fly their restored aircraft into Stead Field on the outskirts of Reno, to compete for the coveted Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy.

Awarded to the best over-all aircraft, the Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy stands over six feet tall and is adorned with a detailed plaque recognizing past winners. In addition to this trophy are the: Orville and Wilbur Wright Trophy; Paul E. Garber Trophy; and Henry “Hap” Arnold Trophy. A People’s Choice Award Trophy is presented based on event attendee votes. The Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy was first awarded in 1999 to Bob Odegaard for his rare F2G-1D “Super Corsair.”

In 2003, the competition was expanded to provide special recognition to the types of aircraft in competition, based on three categories: Antique (early aircraft- 1935); Classic (post 1935); and Warbird (all military). A panel of judges examines each aircraft on its technical merit, craftsmanship, attention to detail and how well it represents the aircraft early in its career.

Enshrinees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame serve as Masters of Ceremonies during the award ceremony. Past year enshrines included: Neil A. Armstrong, Frank Borman, Gene Cernan, Joe H. Engle, Bob Hoover, Paul Tibbets, Jim Lovell, Dick Rutan, and Patty Wagstaff.

Ten years in the making this year’s event will surely be the most spectacular yet. For more information on participating or attending the event please visit: www.heritagetrophy.com.

  1. Founded in 1998, the National Aviation Heritage Invitational is a joint effort under the partnership of Rolls-Royce North America Inc., the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the Reno Air Racing Foundation.
  2. The mission of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational is to encourage the preservation of aviation history through the restoration of vintage aircraft to original flying condition.
  3. The Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy was designed by aviation artist Rick Herter. The trophy stands more than six feet tall with sleek lines symbolic of aviations golden era.
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