Harmon International Trophy


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

In 1926 Clifford B. Harmon, a wealthy sportsman and aviator, established three international trophies to be awarded annually to the world's outstanding aviator, aviatrix, and aeronaut. A fourth trophy was later created to honor achievements in space flight. The Harmon Trophy--the aviator's award--is given for the most outstanding international achievements in the preceding year, with the art of flying receiving first consideration. The Smithsonian Institution acquired the aviator's trophy in 1950 from the Clifford B. Harmon Trust.

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Physical Description

The Harmon International Trophy is a green patina bronze sculpture of an aviator, holding a biplane overhead in his left hand and an eagle emerging from a stone. The trophy has inscribed upon it the names of all persons to whom it has been presented and each year the name of the winner is added to it.

Credit Line

Donated by the Clifford B. Harmon Trust

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall: Bronze


3-D: 61 x 50.8 x 121.9cm (24 x 20 x 48 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum