J. Gordon Bennett Balloon Race Trophy

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The Gordon Bennett International Balloon Race is the world's oldest balloon race. It was first held on September 30, 1906 in Paris, France. James Gordon Bennett, Jr., avid sportsman and owner of the New York Herald newspaper, sponsored the event. In 1929, the Third Gordon Bennett International Balloon Race Trophy was won by Ward T. Van Orman of Akron, Ohio.