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Royal International Air Tattoo Commissions EFX for Top Trophies

Royal International Air Tattoo Commissions EFX for Top Trophies
29/08/2013

Special EFX, the UK bespoke awards and trophies manufacturer, has designed and made the two unique trophies for the Concours d’Elegance competition for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) static display.

RIAT is the world’s largest military airshow and is a thrilling spectacle for the throngs which annually attend. The show took place July 20-21 at RAF Fairford with 235 aircraft participating from 27 air arms and 19 nations. The Royal International Air Tattoo Concours d’Elegance competition is always hotly contested: it decides on the best-prepared and presented aircraft within the RIAT 2013 static areas. UTC Aerospace Systems donated the two prestigious trophies, designed and made especially for the occasion by Award EFX. The UTC Aerospace Concours Trophy was awarded to the Overall Winner of the Concours d’Elegance – the Tornado PA200 from 511 Sqn 51 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, German Air Force, flown by Capt Nico Kohls. The shield styled trophy was precision-made from polished nickel plate, intricately pierced and milled and mounted on a two tier base; Mike Ford, General Manager, Military Aircraft Systems Programs UTC Aerospace Systems presented it. The winner of the Best Civilian Aircraft was the Boeing Stearman, owned and flown by Tracey Curtis-Taylor; she was presented with a trophy made in clear acrylic, which encapsulated the graphics and was mounted on a polished nickel plated aluminium base, with the winner’s details engraved on a self-fixing plate. The trophy was presented by John Taussig, Director International Military and Strategic Sales Customer Service UTC Aerospace Systems. Melanie Blackwell, VIP Events Manager for The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises praised EFX for the service it provides: “Having agreed with our sponsor that we would source the two trophies on their behalf, I contacted EFX and was invited to their HQ to view the manufacturing process and visit their showroom. The whole production, from initial design stage to completion of the item, is all done in-house and each step of the way you are kept fully informed of the progress. I, along with the sponsor, was very pleased with the two trophies – the design and quality were of the highest standard”. For further information about commissioning unique awards and trophies, please get in touch with Special EFX T: 01789 450005 www.awardefx.co.uk

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