The trophy was conceived and donated by Mrs. Florence Schnuerle, Bob's mother. Bob was a pilot on the 1970 U. S. Aerobatic Team, coached the Team in 1972, and lost his life in an accident in a Pitts Special in September 1973, practicing for the U. S. Nationals. He was extremely popular with his fellow pilots. One of his favorite programs was the Four Minute Free.
Presented to the winner of the Four Minute Free Program at the U. S. National Aerobatic Championships annually.
The name of the recipient is provided the Contest Director by the Scoring Director after the contest is completed. The recipient's plaque is ordered by the Executive Director along with the other trophies for the Nationals. No name is inscribed.
Recipient trophies consist of a laser cut plaque with a photograph of the permanent trophy set in the plaque. The master trophy remains on display at the IAC Pavilion in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The plaque is presented at the U. S. National Aerobatic Championships annual awards banquet each year.
THE BOB SCHNUERLE TROPHY - CHRONOLOGY OF RECIPIENTS
1985 - Gene Beggs
2001 - Mike Mangold