Schneider was a French industrial manager, licensed plane and balloon
pilot, and, for a long time, held the balloon altitude record (10.081 m,
33,074 ft.). Deprived of flying due to a serious accident, he
supported various competitions and aero clubs financially.
trophy was a work of art costing 25,000 francs (about 67.000 euros 2001).
The aero club winning 3 races in 5 years would retain the cup and the
winning pilot would receive 75,000 francs. Each edition of the race was to
be hosted by the previous winning country. The races were to be supervised
by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and the Aero Club in the
Each club would be permitted to enter up to three competitors with an equal number of alternates. In 1921 the course was increased to 212 nautical miles, with only one authorized take off, after a 2,5 nautical mile water navigation contest. After 1921, an additional new requirement was added: the seaplane had to remain moored to a buoy for six hours without crew aid. Crowds in excess of 250,000 spectators gathered to watch the Schneider Cup races, proving a keen public interest in this type of competition.
IN MEMORIAM: The Schneider Trophy never experienced any casualties during competition, but several pilots were killed training for the races. These were:-
U.S. citizens Harmon J. Norton in 1923 in a Curtiss CR-3 and Franck Connaut in 1926. Frenchman Georges Bougault in a Bernard H.V.120, in 1931. Sam Kinkhead in 1928 and Jerry Brinton in 1931 in a Supermarine S.5, from Great-Britain. Italy had five casualties: Vittorio Centurione in 1926 in a Macchi M-39; Giuseppe Motta in 1929 in a Macchi M-67; Tomasso Dal Molin in 1930 in a Savoia S.65; Giovani Monti and Stanislao Bellini in 1931 in a Macchi MC-72.
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