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William Lear
The Original Collier Trophy, Awarded to Inventor William Lear for his Invention of the First Jet Autopilot According to the New York Times, Lear became known in the aviation industry as ""having contributed more to the safety of flying than any other man of his era.”
1949. The list of Collier winners represents a virtual who’s who in aviation, as many of the awards mark major events in the history of flightVery few have ever reached the market; this was acquired directly from Lear’s descendants and has never before been offered for saleThe Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually ""for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."" The list of Collier winners represents a timeline of aviation, as many of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight.In addition to being an aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman, Robert Collier was a prominent publisher whose family created the popular Colliers Weekly. While President of the Aero Club of America, National Chapter (now the National Aeronautic Association), Collier commissioned the trophy in 1910 with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development. The 525 pound trophy was commissioned of Baltimore sculptor Ernest Wise Keyser and was originally called the Aero Club Trophy. It was officially renamed the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 1944 and put on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in 1951. A separate award, a miniature of the original, was given to each winner of the Trophy, since the huge original stayed in Washington.When the Lear Jet first flew on October 7, 1963, there wa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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