The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced that former Collier Trophy recipients Dick Rutan, Joe Lombardo, Bobby Sturgel, and Jeff Pino will be among the aviation leaders who will participate in the Selection Committee for the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Nominees for this year’s trophy are: Taurus G-4 Electric-Powered Aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, C-5M Super Galaxy, and the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter.
Each year, as the official record keeper for United States aviation, the National Aeronautic Association tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). At the end of each year, under the direction of the Contest and Records Department, a list of the “most memorable” is created. Here’s a glimpse of the Class of 2011: