The Trophy (pictured in the upper left corner of this page) was posted in 1912 by M. Jacques Schneider, famed French sportsman and maker of firearms.  The Schneider Trophy and a financial prize was posted to promote the developement of seaplanes. Schneider felt that seaplanes offered a more cost effective way to create air travel and commerce because nearly every city had either a coast line, river or lake, eliminating the need to construct expensive airfields that the land based aircraft would need. 
Schneider Trophy History
Schneider Trophy Aircraft 1913-1931 by Derek N. James, Putnam Press 1981 Excellent

The Speed Seekers by Thomas Foxworth, Doubleday, 1974 . ISBN 0-385-06050-5 Excellent

Schneider Trophy Racers by Robert Hirsch, Motorbooks International, 1993 ISBN 0-87938-6169
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London Bridge Seaplane Classic
Schneider drawings, 3-views and books
Artwork and Posters
RC Kits, plans, products, links
Links to Full Scale Schneider Cup sites
Schneider Cup Re-enactment
Schneider Cup Home
Building and flying the 1/3rd scale Curtiss R3C-2
Reprint of Forbes "Doolittle's disciples"
Schneider Trophy Race History 1913-1931
Schneider Trophy Races Event History
Schneider history w/winning aircraft, speed, pilots and country.
History of Races with pilot, aircraft and speed or laps
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Photos from the Schneider Cup Re-enactment events
The trophy itself is an overwhelming object of art nouveau style. Designed by E. Garbard, it is a silver-plated casting of a woman with wings, the Spirit of Flight,  kissing the waves in which appear four heads of young men: Neptune and three Tritons.
M. Jacques Schneider
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Jean de Besombes 1991 RCM article
Building and flying the 1/3rd scale Curtiss R3C-2
Curtiss Returns Home and its transformation into electric power
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Aircraft List by Manufacturer, event year entered and race number
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Restoration of the 1931 World Speed Record Trophy
This page was last updated: January 13, 2018