Collier Trophy

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The Collier Trophy is an annual aviation award administered by the U.S.wikipedia
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The Collier Trophy is an annual aviation award administered by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association (NAA), presented to those who have made "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."

Aero Club of America

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Robert J. Collier, publisher of Collier's Weekly magazine, was an air sports pioneer and president of the Aero Club of America.
Starting in 1911, new president Robert J. Collier began presenting the Collier Trophy.

William Starling Burgess

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He was awarded the highest prize in aviation, the Collier Trophy in 1915, just two years after Orville Wright won it.

Loening Model 23

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The aircraft won the 1921 Collier Trophy.

Martin B-10

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Martin received the 1932 Collier Trophy for designing the XB-10.

Albert Francis Hegenberger

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Hegenberger was an aeronautical engineer of note, earning both the Mackay Trophy (1927) and Collier Trophy (1934) for achievement.

Chuck Yeager

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As the first human to officially break the sound barrier, on October 14, 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft, for which he won both the Collier and Mackay trophies in 1948.

Grover Loening

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His work on the Loening Flying Yacht won the 1921 Collier Trophy.

Pan American World Airways

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On August 6, 1937 Juan Trippe accepted United States aviation's highest annual prize, the Collier Trophy, on behalf of PAA from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the company's "establishment of the transpacific airline and the successful execution of extended overwater navigation and the regular operations thereof."

Wright Model E

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The Model E demonstrations earned the Wright Brothers the 1913 Collier Trophy from Aero Club of America.

Glenn Curtiss

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Curtiss won the Collier Trophy for designing this aircraft.

Kelly Johnson (engineer)

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He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft, including several honored with the prestigious Collier Trophy, acquiring a reputation as one of the most talented and prolific aircraft design engineers in the history of aviation.

Packard DR-980

Production of the DR-980 ceased following the death of Captain Woolson in an aviation accident in April 1930; his legacy was the award of the Collier Trophy in 1931 to the Packard Motor Car Company for its work with this type of engine.

Howard Hughes

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He received many awards as an aviator, including the Harmon Trophy in 1936 and 1938, the Collier Trophy and the Bibesco Cup of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 1938, the Octave Chanute Award in 1940, and a special Congressional Gold Medal in 1939 "in recognition of the achievements of Howard Hughes in advancing the science of aviation and thus bringing great credit to his country throughout the world."

Hamilton Standard

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Caldwell received the 1933 Collier Trophy for this advance in flight propulsion.

Sylvanus Albert Reed

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He won the 1925 Collier Trophy for his development of the Reed Aeronautic Propeller.

Pratt & Whitney J57

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The prestigious Collier Trophy for 1952 was awarded to Leonard S. Hobbs, Chief Engineer of United Aircraft Corporation, for "designing and producing the P&W J57 turbojet engine".


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The effort was recognized by the awarding of the Robert J. Collier Trophy to Major Edward L. Hoffman in 1926.

Harold Frederick Pitcairn

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He was awarded the Collier Trophy in 1930 for development of the autogyro.

Glenn L. Martin

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In 1932, Martin won the Collier Trophy for his involvement with the Martin B-10 bomber.

Bill Lear

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He was awarded the Collier Trophy for this contribution in 1949.

Luis Walter Alvarez

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Alvarez was awarded the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy in 1945 "for his conspicuous and outstanding initiative in the concept and development of the Ground Control Approach system for safe landing of aircraft under all weather and traffic conditions".

Richard T. Whitcomb

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For his insight, Whitcomb won the Collier Trophy in 1954.

Lockheed XC-35

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The XC-35 was delivered to Wright Field, Ohio in May 1937, made its first performance flight on August 5, and was involved in an extensive flight testing program for which the Army Air Corp was awarded the Collier Trophy.