Congratulations to the Green Club, or the Illinois Model Aero Club, for winning the 1915 National Model Aeroplane Competition.
“We have received notice from the Aero Club of America that we have been awarded the Villard trophy, which was to go to the model club having the highest average in the three contests of the National Model Aeroplane Competition. This marks the end of a long season of hard work on that part of the members of the club, and especially on the part of Hittle, Pease, Cook, Nealy, Hitt, Hall, Schweitzer, Lucas and Lathrop, who represented us on the various teams in the different contests. The cup is coming to Chicago, and we hope that through our future efforts it shall remain here.
“The Illinois Model Club wants to thank Mr. Villard for offering the trophy and the Aero Club of America for organizing and carrying out the National Model Aeroplane Competition in which the cup and prize money were competed for. We also wish to thank Mr. Stevens, who was judge in our contests, and Mr. Dickinson for providing a place where we might hold our hydro meets.” (Model News column of Aerial Age Weekly, edited by G.A. Cavanagh and Harry Schultz. December 13, 1915.)
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IMAC made good on their promise to keep the Villard Trophy in Chicago – they won the competition in 1916 and again in 1919, therefore retiring the trophy to the club.
The trophy is currently on exhibit at the National Model Aviation Museum along with an exhibit panel on Henry Villard’s life, courtesy of the San Diego Air and Space Museum and Allen Airways Flying Museum respectively. Both will be on exhibit until September 2015.
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