Vincent Bendix Trophy


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Vincent Bendix Trophy

Collection Item Summary:

The Vincent Bendix Trophy transcontinental race was established in 1931 to encourage experimental work in connection with increased speed in the field of aviation. The advancements made for the competition had a direct impact on the future of commercial aviation.

Air races began to lose much of their appeal after the Golden Age of Air Racing, as many high-performance aircraft were owned by the government and the military tested them in private.

Gift of the Clifford W. Henderson Family Trust


1931Maj. James H. Doolittle

1932Capt. James H. Haizlip

1933Roscoe Turner

1934Douglas Davis

1935Ben O. Howard

1936Louise Thaden and Blanche Noyes

1937Frank W. Fuller Jr.

1938Jacqueline Cochran

1939Frank W. Fuller Jr.

1940-45 No award

1946Paul Mantz, Jacqueline Cochran, and Col. Leon W. Gray

1947Paul Mantz, Jane Page, Col. Leon W. Gray, and Maj. Clay M. Albright

1948Paul Mantz, Jacqueline Cochran, and Ensign R. E. Brown

1949Joe DeBona and Maj. Vernon A. Ford

1950No award

1951Col. Keith K. Compton

1952No award

1953Maj. William T. Whisner Jr.

1954Capt. Edward W. Kenny

1955Col. Carlos M. Talbott

1956Capt. Manuel J. Fernandez Jr.

1957Capt. Kenneth D. Chandler

1958-60 No award

1961Lt. Richard F. Gordon and Lt. j.g. Bobbie R. Young

1962Capt. Robert G. Sowers, Capt. Robert MacDonald, and Capt. John T. Walton

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Physical Description

The Vincent Bendix Trophy was sculpted by Walter A. Sinz and is a cast bronze depiction of winged figures on either side of a globe suspended over the base by a wave-shaped pedestal. An aircraft is suspended over the top of the trophy, that appears to be taking off from the globe. On the base of the trophy are plaques commemorating the individual winners with engraved text, and embossed text of the race title.

Credit Line

Donated by the Clifford W. Henderson Family Trust


Walter A. Sinz

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall: Bronze


3-D: 80 x 25.4 x 81.3cm (31 1/2 x 10 x 32 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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