THE SCHNEIDER TROPHY
Schneider was a French industrial manager, licensed plane and
and, for a long time, held the balloon altitude record (10.081 m, 33,074 ft.).
Deprived of flying due to a serious accident, he supported various competitions
and aero clubs financially.
trophy was a work of art costing 25,000 francs (about 67.000 euros 2001). The
aero club winning 3 races in 5 years would retain the cup and the winning pilot
would receive 75,000 francs. Each edition of the race was to be hosted by the
previous winning country. The races were to be supervised by the Fédération Aéronautique
Internationale and the Aero Club in the hosting country.
Each club would be permitted to enter up to three competitors with an equal number of alternates. In 1921 the course was increased to 212 nautical miles, with only one authorized take off, after a 2,5 nautical mile water navigation contest. After 1921, an additional new requirement was added: the seaplane had to remain moored to a buoy for six hours without crew aid. Crowds in excess of 250,000 spectators gathered to watch the Schneider Cup races, proving a keen public interest in this type of competition.
Schneider Trophywinner Vickers Supermarine S6
IN MEMORIAM: The Schneider Trophy never experienced any casualties during competition, but several pilots were killed training for the races. These were:-
U.S. citizens Harmon J. Norton in 1923 in a Curtiss CR-3 and Franck Connaut in 1926. Frenchman Georges Bougault in a Bernard H.V.120, in 1931. Sam Kinkhead in 1928 and Jerry Brinton in 1931 in a Supermarine S.5, from Great-Britain. Italy had five casualties: Vittorio Centurione in 1926 in a Macchi M-39; Giuseppe Motta in 1929 in a Macchi M-67; Tomasso Dal Molin in 1930 in a Savoia S.65; Giovani Monti and Stanislao Bellini in 1931 in a Macchi MC-72.
Typical aircraft engines entered for the Schneider Trophy races - Napier Lion and Rolls Royce Merlin
Museums and history
Schneider Trophycommemorative medal
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A Schneider Trophy for scale modelers
The Bluebird world cup trophy
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