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Win a Stearman!

Iconic Biplane is 2013 EAA Sweepstakes Grand Prize

Win at Stearman
A lucky person will win a Model 75 Stearman like this one next year in EAA's annual aircraft sweepstakes. (Paint scheme yet to be determined.)

November 1, 2012 - Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual EAA aircraft sweepstakes, and the grand prize was unveiled this week in the EAA exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando: a completely restored 1943 Boeing Stearman Model 75 biplane!

The airplane featured at the exhibit was a visual stand-in (a Boeing N2S-5 Stearman courtesy of the Kissimmee Air Museum) for the actual prize plane that's currently being refurbished by Air Repair Inc., of Cleveland, Mississippi, but the buzz generated by the classic military trainer on display was for real.

EAA's iconic Stearman prize plane, once owned by Curtis Pitts, has a long list of features, starting with the 300-hp Jacobs R755 A2M engine, 24-volt electric system, and dual basic instrumentation. Read much more about the features on this iconic warbird.

This living time machine, designed by Lloyd Stearman back in 1934, was the training platform for a whole generation of pilots who served in the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces, the Royal Canadian Airforce, and other nations. Fighter and bomber pilots earned their wings flying the thousands of Stearman trainers produced for World War II. Imagine winning the EAA grand prize and soaring through the sky like those who flew to preserved freedom!

This year will feature a new format for entering in addition to previous contests. All new members, renewing members, and rejoining members will receive 50 entries. Automatic renewal member (AutoPilot) will receive 100 entries, while lifetime members will receive 250 automatic entries. (Trial members do not receive automatic entries.)

There will be a limit of 500 total entries in the sweepstakes by each eligible entrant, regardless of means of entry. Entry coupons will be included in select issues of EAA Sport Aviation, plus they can be downloaded from the sweepstakes website. Complete sweepstakes rules are also available on that website.

Sweepstakes entries will again be available during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, July 29-August 4. EAA Chapter 22 of Rockford, Illinois, which began the sweepstakes 50 years ago to benefit EAA programs, will again coordinate the sweepstakes efforts at Oshkosh.

In addition to the Stearman grand prize, the sweepstakes second prize is a 2012 Can-Am Spyder RT-S with a Can-Am Trailer.

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.

EAA gives special thanks Oregon Aero for the generous donation of seats and PS Engineering for providing the intercom on the grand prize Stearman.

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