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Schneider Trophy

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1931. Winning the Schneider Trophy.

The Coupe d'Aviation Maritime Jacques Schneider" (commonly called Schneider Trophy, or prize or cup) was a prize competition for seaplanes.

Announced by Jacques Schneider, a financier, balloonist and aircraft enthusiast, in 1911, it offered a prize of roughly £1,000.

The race was held eleven times between 1913 and 1931. It was meant to encourage technical advances in civil aviation but became a contest for pure speed with laps over a triangular course (initially 280 km, later 350 km). The races were very popular and some attracted crowds of over 200,000 spectators.

Date Location Winning Aircraft Nationality Pilot Speed (mph)
1913 Monaco Deperdussin France Maurice Prevost 45.71
1914 Monaco Sopwith Tabloid UK Howard Pixton 86.83
1920 Venice, Italy Savoia S.12 Italy Luigi Bologna 43.83
1921 Venice, Italy Macchi M.7bis Italy Giovanni de Briganti 117.85
1922 Naples, Italy Supermarine Sea Lion II UK Henri Biard 145.72
1923 Cowes, UK Curtiss CR-3 USA David Rittenhouse 177.27
1925 Baltimore, USA Curtiss R3C-2 USA James Doolittle 232.57
1926 Hampton Roads, USA Macchi M.39 Italy Mario de Bernardi 246.50
1927 Venice, Italy Supermarine: S.5 UK Sidney Webster 281.66
1929 Calshot Spit, UK Supermarine: S.6 UK Henry Waghorn 328.65
1931 Calshot Spit, UK Supermarine: S.6B UK John Boothman 340.09

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