December 18, 2014 - After a long and exhaustive search for “just the right plane,” EAA is pleased to announce the 2015 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes grand prize, and it’s familiar: a Piper J-3 Cub, meticulously restored by Ellis Clark, EAA 71644, of Solvang, California. Entries are now being accepted at EAA.org/sweepstakes, and entry coupons will be packaged with the January and February issues of Sport Aviation. The lucky winning entry will be selected at 5 p.m. CDT on September 30, 2015.
You can read all about this old school beauty in the January edition of Sport Aviation, but here’s a sneak preview:
Looking for an airplane worthy of being the grand prize for the EAA sweepstakes was not an easy task for John Hopkins, EAA’s manager of aircraft maintenance. However, after answering an ad on eBay for a Cub in Michigan, John had a pretty good feeling he’d found “the one.”
“When I called the owner and began talking with him I knew this would be the one,” John said. “He was very particular, and after I laid my eyes on it I couldn’t blame him - this Cub is perfect! It was everything I was hoping it would be and then some.”
Ellis said he’s proud the airplane was chosen for the sweepstakes. “When I was approached by John Hopkins at EAA I almost got cold feet and began to wonder if I should sell it,” he said. “But when I found out this Cub would become the 2015 EAA Sweepstakes airplane, I realized it would end up in a good home, because I knew there would be an excellent chance that an EAA member would be the lucky winner. I plan on going to Oshkosh to see the airplane in all its glory at AirVenture.”
The January 2015 Sport Aviation will be in mailboxes soon and you can read more – including the absolutely fantastic and unique way in which it was paid for.
Second place sweepstakes prize is an EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 VIP Package valued at more than $3,500.
Cash donations for sweepstakes entries support EAA’s education programs. For more information, including full sweepstakes rules, visit EAA.org/sweepstakes.