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albatron
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National Aviation Hall of Fame release
National Aviation Heritage Invitational Trophy renamed in honor of Hall of Fame Enshrinee Neil Armstrong

The Members and Board of the National Aviation Hall of Fame were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Neil A. Armstrong, an Enshrinee of the Hall of Fame since 1979. Neil Armstrong was a true American hero and a dedicated member of the aviation and space community. His contributions to aviation and space exploration will never be forgotten.

In 1998, the National Aviation Hall of Fame partnered with Rolls-Royce North America, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Reno Air Racing Foundation and many aviation related organizations to establish and support the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI), which was created to foster the preservation of our rich aviation history by encouraging the restoration of vintage aircraft to airworthy condition. NAHI has held annual vintage aircraft competitions in both Dayton, Ohio and Reno, Nevada since 1999. The Invitational competition in Reno is held concurrently with the National Championship Air Races each September.

At each NAHI competition, the Grand Champion, the aircraft judged to be the most authentic example of a vintage aircraft restored to airworthy condition, has been awarded The Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy, which resides throughout the year in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, DC. The owner of the winning aircraft is presented with a "keeper" trophy by members of the NAHI staff and Enshrinees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Neil Armstrong has been among those representing the National Aviation Hall of Fame at these presentations for nearly a decade, participating in many ceremonies. The owners of these outstanding vintage aircraft are thrilled when they are presented their well-deserved trophy by a Hall of Fame Enshrinee and especially the first man to walk on the moon.

Ken Perich, Executive Director, National Aviation Heritage Invitational, stated: "on behalf of the NAHI Sponsors, Supporters, Judging staff and Volunteers, we are extremely proud to announce that The Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy will be unveiled and presented to the Grand Champion of our 14th Annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational competition during the 2012 presentation ceremony which will be held at the National Championship Air Races".

Ron Kaplan, Deputy Director of NAHI and Enshrinement Director for the National Aviation Hall of Fame, noted that Neil Armstrong greatly admired the vintage aircraft which participated in the annual competition. "He always enjoyed personally presenting the trophies to the owners of the winning aircraft," said Kaplan. "Neil was proud to represent the Hall of Fame with his fellow Enshrinees, and delighted to be among fellow aviators and the fine vintage aircraft they lovingly restored."

Several Enshrinees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame will join with the Staff and Sponsors of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational to unveil The Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy in Reno and honor the life and accomplishments of Neil Armstrong. Representing the Hall of Fame will be Enshrinees Patty Wagstaff, Bob Hoover, Dick Rutan, Bud Anderson, Herb Kelleher, Sean D. Tucker and Clay Lacy. The presentation ceremony and the unveiling of The Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy will take place at 10:30 AM, Sunday September 16th on the ramp at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

James M. Guyette, Chairman, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America, said: "Rolls-Royce has been a proud sponsor and supporter of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational since it was established in 1998. Neil Armstrong was a great American who will always be remembered as an outstanding human being, engineer, test pilot and space pioneer. I can think of no finer way to memorialize him than to rename the Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy in his honor, as a lasting tribute to his legacy."

William R. Harris, President of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, said, "I believe that despite Neil's modesty, with his personal involvement in sharing our nation's early aviation history, he'd appreciate that the renamed Trophy will acknowledge his enthusiastic support of the Heritage Invitational and his admiration for its competitors."

Mike Houghton, President of the Reno Air Racing Association, stated, "I am thrilled that The Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy will be unveiled to the NAHI competitors and our air racing fans at the 49th Annual Reno Air Races next month."

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National Aviation Hall of Fame release
National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinees gather at Reno Sunday to honor the late Neil A. Armstrong

The National Aviation Hall of Fame confirmed that seven former Enshrinees will be at Reno to assist in renaming the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) Trophy in honor of the late Neil Armstrong, who passed away on August 25th at age 82. Helping NAHI partners formally unveil the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy this Sunday will be WWII ace Bud Anderson; legendary test pilot, Bob Hoover; Southwest Airlines founder and former CEO, Herb Kelleher; business aviation icon, Clay Lacy; record-setter Dick Rutan; and aerobatic champions and air show performers Sean Tucker and Patty Wagstaff. Armstrong, a former Navy fighter pilot, test-pilot, engineer and the first man to walk on the moon, was enshrined in the NAHF in 1979.

"Going way back to the Heritage Invitational's founding some fourteen years ago, Neil often returned to Reno to assist his fellow Hall of Fame Enshrinees in personally handing the winning aircraft owners' their awards," said Ron Kaplan, NAHF Enshrinement Director and Deputy Director of NAHI. "We're gratified to unveil this prestigious and very appropriately renamed trophy in honor of such a hero of flight, at an aviation event Neil loved to be a part of. It's certainly bittersweet, but I know he will be with us in spirit."

In 1998, the National Aviation Hall of Fame partnered with Rolls-Royce North America, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Reno Air Racing Foundation and many aviation related organizations to establish and support the National Aviation Heritage Invitational, which was created to foster the preservation of our rich aviation history by encouraging the restoration of vintage aircraft to airworthy condition. NAHI has held annual vintage aircraft competitions in both Dayton, Ohio and Reno, Nevada since 1999. The Invitational competition in Reno is held concurrently with the National Championship Air Races each September.

At each NAHI competition up until now, the Grand Champion, the aircraft judged to be the most authentic example of a vintage aircraft restored to airworthy condition, has been awarded The Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy, which resides throughout the year in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, DC. Upon its unveiling by the NAHF Enshrinees this Sunday, the award will henceforth be known as the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy. The owner of the winning aircraft is presented with a "keeper" trophy by members of the NAHI staff and Enshrinees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Sponsoring the trophy this year is Gilbert, Arizona-based Perform Air International.

Nearly thirty vintage aircraft are registered for this year's Invitational, competing also for trophies presented to aircraft judged to be best in their class or particular era. Additionally, spectators at the event are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite, the winner presented with the National Aviation Hall of Fame "People's Choice" Award.

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