Welcome to SchneiderCup.com

Where the Golden Age of Flight and the RC Enthusiast/Model Builder Meet

If you love early aviation history, floatplanes and flying boats, air racing, RC modeling, and flying RC models off of the water than you have likely just found a new favorite website for all of the above. So go ahead and bookmark it right now and sign up for our Schneider Cup Newsletter and please feel free to share this website with your friends that may find it of interest.

This website chronicles the original Schneider Trophy races of 1913 through 1931, the Schneider Cup Giant Scale RC Reenactments of 1989 through 1992, and the London Bridge Seaplane Classic which is still an annual event hosted by the Desert Hawks RC Club of Lake Havasu City, AZ. Use the links at the bottom of each section below or the links in the top navigation bar to learn more about each of the three sections of this website.

The Golden Age of  Aviation

This Schneider Trophy website was created by Bob and Katie Martin in 2008 and was created for everyone that shares their interest in 12 events that advanced aviation from under 50 mph to over 400 mph. Winning any of these events gave bragging rights to nations, made heroes of their pilots and thrilled millions and also played a major role in the outcome of World War II.


RC Enthusiast and Model Builder

Bob and Katie’s passion for radio-controlled flight, their interest in these races, and the desire to share both led to the creation of an RC event that is still revered as one of the most prestigious RC events ever. Giant scale RC aircraft was modeled after the aircraft designed for the original races. These events were hosted by the Desert Hawks RC Club of Lake Havasu City, AZ.


World Class RC Float Fly Event

The catalyst for the Giant Scale Schneider Cup RC Re-Enactments is still a yearly event sponsored by the Desert Hawks RC Club. In its 34th year, this year’s event will be held Nov. 8th 9th and 10th in Lake Havasu State Park at Windsor Beach 4, Lake Havasu City, AZ.
This event is considered by many RC enthusiasts to be the best seaplane event of the year.


Question: Do you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of any of the pilots, builders, or aircraft of the reenactments? If so, please contact us.

Schneider Cup News

Birth of the Schneider Cup Reenactments

Late in 1987, after the Desert Hawks' second successful London Bridge Seaplane Classic, Bob Martin and Norm Goyer (Editor of Scale RC Modeler) over dinner, began discussing the possibilities of an RC event unlike anything ever staged in this country. Because of the...

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History of the Schneider Trophy

1913 - 1931 Painting by Ken Dallison In the dawn of aviation, Frenchman Jacques Schneider, son of a rich armament manufacturer, subscribed to the idea that aircraft would become an important method of transporting goods and people. He envisioned cargo and passenger...

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Great News

The Schneider Cup Association is the new owners of the Curtiss R3C-2 which was originally built as a promotional piece for the first Schneider cup Giant Scale RC reenactments. We are currently in the process of restoring her to a flight-ready condition and using her...

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Where Are They Now?

The Schneider Cup Association is currently planning for the 30yr. reunion of the first Schneider Cup Giant Scale RC Re-enactment which will be part of the 2019 London Bridge Seaplane Classic and we need your help. If you or someone you know participated in any of the...

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About Schneider Cup

Schneider Cup LLC was founded by Bob Martin, Vic Goodman, and Jon Johnson in 2018 for the purpose of perpetuating the memory of the most significant airplane race in the history of aviation and the most prestigious RC seaplane event ever, which we hope to revitalize in the near future. Click on the “Get Involved” button below to see how you can help us make this a reality.


Schneider Trophy Seaplanes and Flying Boats by Ralph Pegram
Timed to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the Schneider Trophy, this book is a history of over one hundred different aircraft that contested the trophy between 1913 and 1931. The book includes amazing drawings and photographs of the aircraft that have never been seen before.
Available on Amazon .com
Schneider Trophy Racers  by Robert Hirsch,
Motorbooks International, 1993 ISBN 0-87938-616-9
Excellent, a must-have.  Large 10 1/2 ” X 10 1/2″ Format 188-page glossy heavy paper with hundreds of rare photos and detailed 3-Views of nearly every Schneider entrant.
Available on Amazon.com

Schneider Trophy Aircraft 1913-1931  by Derek N. James,
Putnam Press 1981  Excellent Book. Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary to the last Schneider Trophy contest, this 300 page 5 3/4″X 8 3/4″ book covers all the events, engine
info many photos and some 3-views.
Available on Amazon.com
The Speed Seekers  by Thomas Foxworth,
Doubleday, 1974. ISBN 0-385-06050-5
The huge 11″ X 10″530-page book is printed on glossy paper with hundreds of photos, 3-views, and charts of races, engines, and aircraft. It does a good job of covering the Schneider races but many other important events of the period plus in-depth stories of various country’s aircraft efforts.
Available on Amazon.com
Lord Price Collection of Artwork and prints.
Great perspectives on many Schneider Aircraft John Sarsfield original art is very unique for its perspectives. The artwork is filled with action as if you were there.
Impressive prints of Schneider aircraft racing Beautiful action-filled paintings of three Supermarine S6b’s and a Curtiss R3C-2
Artwork of many of the Schneider Trophy Aircraft Erik Chipchase illustrations of many of the Schneider Cup Racers.
A humorous look at Schneider Racing Aircraft Imaginative look at what might have been with a slant towards humor.
Jeff Waldrop Aerographics  Want Artwork created like we did? Jeff did our first three posters shown below.  Contact him at 1501 E. Tulare Ave. D, Tulare, CA 93274  USA  Ph.# (559) 688-1906
Roland Garros at Monaco Schneider Trophy Race

Roland Garros at Monaco by Steve Remington


Below are the 4 posters that were created for the Schneider Cup Reenactments.

Schneider Cup Posters

We are very pleased to announce that we will be presenting the 35th Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic in 2020. The dates have been set (November 6, 7, and 8, 2020) and planning is underway now.

The Desert Hawks RC Club of Lake Havasu City will still be hosting the event as they have for the past 34 years and pilots of the Fun Fly will notice almost no change at all in the Fun Fly itself.

With that said we do have some fresh new ideas that we feel will make the event even more fun and appealing to all members of the family, not just the pilots. Much more on this and more coming soon.

So if you would like to stay up to date with all that we are planning for the 2020 event you should ask to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeaplaneClassic/

More to come here as well very soon so check back often.


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If you’ve never heard about these events and would like to learn more about them please watch the following video. This video does an excellent job of explaining the full-size events which took place from 1913 to 1931 then fast forwards to the first Schneider Cup Re-enactment which took place on November 10-12-1989 in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Video of the First Giant Scale RC Reenactment

Below is a very well done video that explains the original Schneider Trophy Races then takes you to the first Schneider Cup Giant Scale RC Reenactment which was presented by the Schneider Cup Association and hosted by the Desert Hawks RC Club of Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 1989. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we do.