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We invite owners and restorers of our nation's aviation treasures to apply to become part of our next National Aviation Heritage Invitational competition. All aircraft applications are reviewed by the five member judging team and those accepted will be judged in five categories: Antique, Classic, Contemporary, Military and Large Aircraft. All aircraft must be at least 45 years old and restored to airworthy condition.
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational shares it's home and mission with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Apply Now... We invite all those who own an aircraft that fit the Invitational Judging Criteria to apply.
Come share your own piece of aviation history with us at Reno and compete to be enshrined in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum!
Join us in 2020 as we present a full competition of skillfully restored aircraft all vying for the coveted
"There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it."
- John F. Kennedy
2019 Winners Circle
Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy - 1931 Waco QCF by Chris Galloway
On the NAHI Ramp
Our Grand Champions, the Galloways was awarded the Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage trophy. Pictured here with presenting sponsors, Perform Air; NAHI Executive Director, Ken Perich; Chief Judge, Colin Powers, and Mark Armstrong.
1/10/2020 Now acceptiong 2020 applications
Happy New Year! The National Aviation Heritage Invitational now accepting applications for the 2020 event to the Stihl National Championship Air Races, September 16-20, 2020. We are ringing in the new decade inviting owners and restorers to submit applications for this prestigious event.
Each competing aircraft is judged against restoration standards established by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum which includes authenticity, quality of workmanship, attention to detail and...
11/1/2019 LIveAirShowTV videos
Check out this wonderful set of videos by LiveAirShowTV..Such a great group of beautiful aircraft in 2019!
9/12/2019 Online voting!
It's time to vote for Aircraft of the Year!! People's Choice at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.
We have 22 aircraft on display at the Stihl National Championship Air Races, September 11-15 in Reno.
If you can't make it go to www.airspacemag.com/vote
Lost of brilliant aircraft to see!
Dedicated to the Preservation of our Nation's Aviation Heritage
The concept for the National Aviation Heritage Invitational arose in the 1990's at the Reno Air Races when representatives from Rolls-Royce, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, The National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Reno Air Racing Foundation got together to discuss the future of aviation in our country. We all agreed that one of the key factors in encouraging future generations to appreciate and select aviation as a career path was to educate and enlighten them about our rich aviation history.
We knew not everyone can travel to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC to see their outstanding collection of preserved vintage aircraft, and we were looking for an alternative solution. We collectively decided to create a "Traveling Aviation Museum" which would bring World Class restorations to tens of thousands of individuals in the USA. This Traveling Aviation Museum ultimately became the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI).
Right from the beginning, the NAHI team set the bar extremely high. We all believed that "beauty is more than skin deep", so we decided each aircraft would be judged by the strict standards established by representatives of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. We also agreed that this competition would be held to such a high standard that the winners deserved to be honored in a very special way. The National Aviation Hall of Fame agreed to bring Hall of Fame Enshrinees each year to help present trophies to the category winners and the Grand Champion. Enshrinees such as Neil Armstrong, Bob Hoover, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, Dick Rutan, Bud Anderson, Herb Kelleher, and many others have shown their appreciation and respect for the restorers of these fine aircraft by personally participating in the trophy presentations.
To date, NAHI has hosted over 20 vintage aircraft competitions at both the Dayton Airshow and the Reno Air Races. Over this period, several hundred thousand fans and guests have viewed these great aviation treasures first hand.
The National Aviation Heritage Invitational is more than a vintage aircraft restoration competition; it is about Honoring Our Past and Inspiring Our Future.