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Fly with the First Flight Society

A chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime aircraft

As part of a fundraiser for the First Flight Society—a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Wright brothers and promoting aviation education—one lucky winner will get to go for a flight in a World War II North American P–51 Mustang.

Photo by John Willhoff, courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force.

The 2022 First Flight Society sweepstakes aircraft is the P–51 Red Nose, which is operated by the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Georgia. Known as the aircraft that started the CAF, the history of Red Nose dates back to the end of World War II.

Interested individuals have until December 11 at 5 p.m. Eastern time to enter for a chance to win. Entry for the sweepstakes is free, but donations to the foundation ensure more entries in the drawing. The money raised supports the First Flight Society’s annual events, educational programs, and scholarships.

The sweepstakes drawing will happen on December 17 at 11 a.m. Eastern, during the organization's annual Wright Brothers Day at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The event celebrates the anniversary of powered flight and also coincides with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. This year the First Flight Society event will honor Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a commander of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The flight recipient will have 12 months to schedule the ride in the historic aircraft, and will also be gifted $700 in travel expenses. For more information on sweepstakes restrictions and prize details, visit the First Flight Society website.

Lillian Geil

Digital Media Assistant Editor
Digital Media Assistant Editor Lillian Geil is a student pilot and a graduate of Columbia University who joined AOPA in 2021.
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