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The Collier Trophy was established in 1911 by Robert J. Collier, publisher and early President of the Aero Club of America. The trophy is administered by the National Aeronautic Association of the U.S.A. and is awarded annually for "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."

Recipients

1911 Glenn H. Curtiss

1912 Glenn H. Curtiss

1913 Orville Wright

1914 Elmer A. Sperry

1915 W. Starling Burgess

1916 Elmer A. Sperry

1917-1920 No award presented

1921 Grover Loening

1922 Personnel of the United States Air Mail Service

1923 Personnel of the United States Air Mail Service

1924 The United States Army

1925 S. Albert Reed

1926 Maj. E. L. Hoffman

1927 Charles L. Lawrance

1928 Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce

1929 National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

1930 Harold Pitcairn and His Staff

1931 The Packard Motor Car Company

1932 Glenn L. Martin

1933 The Hamilton Standard Propeller Company and Chief Engineer Frank W. Caldwell

1934 Maj. Albert F. Hegenberger

1935 Donald Douglas and His Staff

1936 Pan American Airways

1937 The Army Air Corp

1938 Howard Hughes and His Crew

1939 Airlines of the United States

1940 Dr. Sanford Moss

The Army Air Corps

1941 The Air Forces and the Airlines

1942 Gen. H. H. Arnold

1943 Capt. Luis De Florez, USNR

1944 Gen. Carl A. Spaatz

1945 Dr. Luis W. Alvarez

1946 Lewis A. Rodert

1947 John Stack, Lawrence D. Bell, Capt. Charles E. Yeager

1948 Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics

1949 William P. Lear

1950 The Helicopter Industry, the Military Services, and the Coast Guard

1951 John Stack and Associates at Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, NACA

1952 Leonard S. Hobbs, United Aircraft Corporation

1953James H. Kindelberger, Edward H. Heinemann

1954Richard Travis Whitcomb, NACA Research Scientist

1955William M. Allen, Boeing Airplane Company

Gen. Nathan F. Twining, The United States Air Force

1956 Charles J. McCarthy and Associates of Chance-Vought Aircraft, Inc.Vice Adm. James S. Russell and Associates of the United States Navy Bureau of Aeronautics

1957 Edward P. Curtis

1958 The United States Air Force and the Industry Team,

Clarence L. Johnson, Lockheed Aircraft Corp.

Neil Burgess, Flight Propulsion Division, General Electric Company

Gerhard Neumann, Flight Propulsion Division, General Electric Company

Maj. Howard C. Johnson, USAF

Capt. Walter W. Irwin, USAF

1959 The United States Air Force

The Convair Division of General Dynamics Corp.

Space Technology Laboratories, Inc.

1960 Vice Adm. William F. Raborn

1961 Maj. Robert M. White, USAF

Joseph A. Walker, NASA

A. Scott Crossfield, North American Aviation

Cmd. Forrest Peterson, USN

1962Lt. Cmd. M. Scott Carpenter, USN

Maj. L. Gordon Cooper, USAF

Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC,

Maj. Virgil I. Grissom, USAF

Cmd. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN,

Cmd. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., USN

Maj. Donald K. Slayton, USAF

1963Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson

1964Gen. Curtiss E. LeMay

1965James E. Webb and Hugh Dryden

1966James S. McDonnell

1967Lawrence A. Hyland

1968Col. Frank Borman, USAF

Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., USN

Lt. Col. William A. Anders, USAF

1969Neil A. Armstrong, NASA

Col. Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., USAF

Col. Michael Collins, USAF

1970The Boeing Company

1971Col. David R. Scott, USAF

Col. James B. Irwin, USAF

Lt. Col. Alfred M. Worden, USA

Dr. Robert T. Gilruth

1972Adm. Thomas Moorer, USN

1973The Skylab Program,

Special Recognition to William C. Schneider, Program Director and the three Skylab Crews

1974Dr. John F. Clark, NASA

Daniel J. Fink, General Electric Company,

Special recognition to Hughes Aircraft Company and RCA

1975David S. Lewis, General Dynamics Corporation

The F-16 Air Force/Industry Team

1976The U.S. Air Force

Rockwell International Corp.

The B-1 Industry Team

1977Gen. Robert J. Dixon, Commander and the Tactical Air Command, USAF

1978Sam B. Williams, Williams Research Corp.

1979Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Aerovironment, Inc.

1980NASA's Voyager Mission Team represented by its Chief Scientist, Dr. Edward C. Stone

1981National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Rockwell International Corp.

Martin Marietta Corp.

Thiokol Corp., and the entire Government/Industry Team

1982T. A. Wilson, the Boeing Company with support of the Federal Aviation Administration, Industry and Airlines

1983The United States Army, Hughes Helicopters, Inc., and the Industry Team

1984The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Martin Marietta Corp.

Special recognition to Bruce McCandless II, NASA's Charles E. Whitsett, Jr. and Walter W. Bollendonk, Martin Marietta

1985Russell W. Meyer, the Cessna Aircraft Company and its line of Citation Business Jet Aircraft

1986Jeana Yeager

Richard G. Rutan

Elbert L. Rutan

Bruce Evans

The Team of Voyager Volunteers

1987The NASA Lewis Research Center and the NASA/Industry Advanced Turboprop Team

1988Rear Adm. Richard H. Truly, USN

1989Ben Rich and the Entire Lockheed/Air Force Team

1990The Bell Boeing Team

1991The Northrop Corp., Industry Team and United States Air Force

1992Global Positioning System Team

1993The Hubble Space Telescope Repair Team

1994The McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster, the U.S. Air Force, and the Industry Team

1995Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company and the Boeing 777 Team

1996Cessna and the Citation X Design Team

1997Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and the Gulfstream V

1998Lockheed Martin Corp, General Electric Corp., NASA, United States Air Force, Air Combat Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the U-2S/ER-2 'Sentinel of Peace'

1999 The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Boeing Company, GE Aircraft Engines, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Company, and the United States Navy

2000Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rolls-Royce, Raytheon Company, L-3 Communications, United States Air Force, and DARPA

2001Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE SYSTEMS and the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office

2002Sikorksy Aircraft Corporation and the S-92 Industry Team

2003The Gulfstream G550 Team

2004Paul Allen, Burt Rutan, Doug Shane, Mike Melvill, Brian Binnie, and the entire Space Ship One team.

2005Eclipse Aviation

2006Lockheed Martin Corp., the Boeing Company, Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Corp., B.A.E. Systems, and the United States Air Force

2007The Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B) Team of Public and Private Sector Groups.

2008The Commercial Aviation Team

2009 NASA and the International Space Station Team of the Boeing Company, Draper Laboratory, Honeywell Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, United Space Alliance and United Technologies Corporation

2010 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation & The X2 Technology Demonstrator Team

2011 The Boeing Company

2012 The NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team

2013 Northrop Grumman, The U.S. Navy, and the X-47B Industry Team

2014 Gulfstream

2015 NASA/JPL Dawn Program Team

2016 Blue Origin New Shepard

2017 Cirrus Aircraft

2018 Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AUTO GCAS) Team

2019 The United States Department of the Air Force-Boeing X-37B Team

2020 Garmin Autoland

2021 The NASA/JPL Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team

2022 NASA – Northrop Grumman James Webb Telescope Industry Team

Display Status

This object is on display in Trophy Case at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Trophy Case
Object Details
Date 1911 to present Country of Origin United States of America Type AWARDS-Trophies Physical Description The Robert J. Collier Trophy is a bronze sculpture of a globe, two male and one female figures rising from the globe. The sculpture rests on two walnut bases; each base has an engraved brass plaque on each side with the engraved names of recipients. Dimensions 3-D (Total, including both bases): 64.8 × 64.8 × 215.9cm (2 ft. 1 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 1 1/2 in. × 7 ft. 1 in.)
3-D (Middle section): 64.8 × 64.8 × 38.1cm (2 ft. 1 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 1 1/2 in. × 1 ft. 3 in.)
3-D (Top section): 54.6 × 54.6 × 71.1cm (1 ft. 9 1/2 in. × 1 ft. 9 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 4 in.)
Crates measured on 06/15/2023 by Jessica Bulger
A19520061000A
72" (h) x 38" (w) x 31" (d)
Guessed weight: 400 lbs.
A19520061000B
39" (h) x 31" (w) x 28" (d)
Materials Bronze, Paint, Wood, Synthetic Fabric
Inventory Number A19520061000 Credit Line Donated by the National Aeronautic Association Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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