October 17, 2013 - EAA is pleased to announce the winner of the grand prize 1943 Boeing Stearman Model 75 biplane in the 2013 EAA aircraft sweepstakes. Ralph Lloyd, EAA Lifetime 777925, of Dunwoody, Georgia, received the call Monday evening that he is the lucky winner after his name was drawn at 5 p.m. CDT in Oshkosh. A retired sales executive with Cessna Aircraft, he says this latest good fortune will get him back into the cockpit.
Lloyd holds an ATP certificate with glider and seaplane ratings, although he is not current. Among his most memorable flight experiences are a first solo in the T-6 and a first flight in the P-51 Mustang.
"It certainly was a pleasant surprise," Lloyd said when contacted this week. "I had entertained some thoughts of getting back into flying with an LSA, but had no real plans to fly recreationally or otherwise. This changes that."
Completely refurbished down to the frame by Air Repair Inc., of Cleveland, Mississippi, the Stearman prize plane was once owned by Curtis Pitts and has a long list of features: 300-hp Jacobs R755 A2M engine, 24-volt electric system, and dual basic instrumentation. Custom leather seats were donated by Oregon Aero, PS Engineering provided the intercom, and Bruce's Custom Covers donated a full-length cover. (Read the Sport Aviation feature story all about the plane's restoration.)
Proceeds from the EAA sweepstakes support the organization's programs that educate, engage, and empower people of all ages to take the next step in pursuing their dreams of flight.
Lloyd was Southern Division sales director for the Cessna/Citation, and previously worked at Learjet and Piper. He currently serves as ambassador at large with the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association.
He intends to take possession of the airplane as soon as possible - before winter hits Oshkosh, where it's currently hangared. Lloyd has been to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh about a dozen times, both as an attendee and as an exhibitor. His next visit will be as winner of a truly awesome aircraft.
Winner of the second sweepstakes prize, a Can-Am Spyder three-wheel motorcycle, is Glenn Ollila, EAA Lifetime 20666, of Burnsville, Minnesota.
"This was truly unbelievable and wonderful news," said Ollila, a motorcycle enthusiast, after learning he had won the bike. "As luck would have it, my wife and I had been admiring just this very product at a local dealer - earlier this year."