National Aviation Heritage Invitational showcases great antique
airplanes! (That's what NAHI in the nav bar stands for.)
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) held its first competition at Stead Field outside of Reno in 1999.
It was held at the same time as the Reno Air Races.
Through the years NAHI has hosted over 20 competitions. Each featured an average of 25 to 35 expertly restored vintage aircraft.
Now that it has been moved to its new venue with the California Capital Airshow it’s on our bucket list to revisit and see more antique airplanes being restored to flying condition.
We're overdue for another visit. The competition was still in Reno last time we saw it. When we went in 2010, there were several planes that excited us.
We had to leave Oshkosh that year before the Hamilton Metalplane arrived. Mark was disappointed about that... but then...
We saw it at the the Reno Air Races that same year... made him very happy.
Aircraft that participate must be 45 years or older.
They must be airworthy... they fly in after all.
You'll find aircraft of all types, early passenger planes to World War I and World War II planes.
Trophies are awarded in five categories: antique airplanes, classic, contemporary, military, and large aircraft.
The overall winner is awarded the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy. We like the "National Aviation Hall of Fame's People's Choice Award" that you can vote on yourself.
If you decide you want to vote on a plane, you'll find it hard to pick just one.
The event was established in 1998 by Rolls Royce North America, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Reno Air Racing Foundation.
The goal was to "encourage the preservation of aviation history through the restoration of vintage aircraft to original flying condition."
The Invitational’s judges review participating restored aircraft against standard criteria developed by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. These criteria include authenticity, quality of workmanship, attention to detail and technical merit.
Put this on your calendar. The California Capital Airshow is held in September.
We think they should ALL get trophies for restoring them and keeping great historic aircraft in the air.
Find 'em, See 'em, Fly,'em! And have a great flight!
Judy and Mark
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