Schneider Trophy History

Schneider Trophy

The Schneider Trophy, on display at the Science Museum, London
Photo credit: Mirio

The Trophy was posted in 1912 by M. Jacques Schneider, famed French sportsman, and maker of firearms.

The Schneider Trophy and a financial prize were posted to promote the development 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 coastline, river or lake, eliminating the need to construct expensive airfields that the land-based aircraft would need.


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.

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