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Robert J. Collier 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:

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."

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Donated by the National Aeronautic Association


Bronze, Paint, Wood, Synthetic Fabric


3-D: 53.3 x 53.3 x 71.1cm (21 x 21 x 28 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


1911 to present

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.



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