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Scott Martin
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The elegant Edsel B. Ford Trophy, serves as a symbol of the aviation legacy of Henry Ford and his only son Edsel B. Ford. Designed for the first Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour it is significant that it was awarded in 1925 as that year stands out as the inception of the Fords' aviation legacy.

Civic and business leaders formed a committee, and Edsel Ford donated a trophy – a beautiful structure of gold and silver three feet high, that cost $4,850 (some say $7,000). Called simply the Edsel B. Ford Trophy, it was inscribed, "This trophy is offered to encourage the up-building of commercial aviation as a medium of transportation."

The sterling silver & gold trophy sits on a base of dark marble. The names of the contestants who had perfect scores for the first rice in 1925. are engraved on a large name plate. The globe of the trophy denotes the history of transportation. beginning with the Indian travois and going on to all stages of transportation up through stage coaches, sailing vessels, ocean liners, automobiles, and airplanes.

It took nine months for the Gorham Silversmith Company to turn out this trophy and officials of Gorham Stated it was one of the most wonderful pieces of work that had ever been turned out by any silversmith.

Thus was born the "Edsel B. Ford Reliability Tour for the Development of Commercial Aviation." The Ford Reliability Tour, which was an efficiency contest held every year from 1925 through 1931. The official name was altered slightly over the years, "The Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Trophy" and ultimately became known simply as the "National Air Tour." The tour gave airplane builders an opportunity to take their latest models around the country in a well-publicized contest also meant to convince the man on the ground he should take to the sky.

The Edsel B. Ford Trophy is on permanent display at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn. Michigan.

Designed by: William Codman
Supervising silversmith: Thomas J. Docker

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Hello Scott!

What a great looking trophy. I love it especially since I had also been in the aviation industry. I wish they had made mini replicas.


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