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A once-in-a-lifetime ride

Fundraiser provides chance to fly P–51 Mustang

September 2, 2021

The First Flight Society sweepstakes fundraiser provides the rare chance to pilot a North American P–51 Mustang, one of the most famous aircraft in history, beloved by such famed aviators as Brig. Gen. Charles McGee and Brig. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager. The winner will be able to handle most of the flying—from basic maneuvering to aerobatics—and log the flight time.

A sweepstakes fundraiser that benefits the nonprofit First Flight Society will give one lucky pilot stick time in this North American P-51 Mustang. Photo by Chris Rose.

The winner can schedule the experience with Stallion 51 Corp. up to 12 months after winning, and the prize includes a stipend toward travel expenses to Orlando, Florida, for the flight. Also included in the package are a Stallion 51 jacket and video of the experience.

The sweepstakes supports the nonprofit First Flight Society, which is intertwined with the history of American aviation. The society’s mission is to preserve the legacy of the Wright brothers and support the National Park Service at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. It also hosts the Dr. Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine, which annually honors the great accomplishments in the history of aviation. Dr. Paul Garber was the first curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Each December 17, an inductee is honored with a portrait added to the shrine at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center.

No purchase is necessary, although donations to the society increase the chance of winning. Entries will be accepted until December 17. Official rules are available on the First Flight Society’s website.

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