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EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes: Appreciation for the Membership

 

1943 Boeing Stearman Model 75
Nearly complete: the 2013 EAA Sweepstakes Stearman is being expertly restored by the craftsmen at Air Repair Inc., Cleveland, Mississippi. Drawing for this magnificent biplane is set for October 14. (Photo courtesy of Air Repair Inc.)

July 2, 2013 - As a sign of appreciation to its members, chapters, and volunteers, EAA decided to provide automatic entries to all eligible members for this year's sweepstakes drawing, the 50th year the program has been coordinated by EAA Chapter 22 of Rockford, Illinois.

The grand prize for this year's EAA Sweepstakes is a restored 1943 Boeing Stearman Model 75. Air Repair of Cleveland, Mississippi, is putting the finishing touches on the airplane at this writing.

"This year, to help celebrate EAA Chapter 22's incredible achievement over the past half-century, we wanted to really focus on member participation," said Elissa Lines, EAA vice president of donor and business relations. "Facilitating this kind of massive participation is the best way to celebrate and honor the volunteer spirit and the leadership demonstrated by the members of Chapter 22."

Every EAA member in the United States and Canada (except for Quebec) will have a chance to win the Stearman, which was selected as this year's grand prize following a poll conducted among EAA's membership.

New, renewing, and rejoining members are automatically entered 50 times into the sweepstakes. Automatic renew (AutoPilot) members receive 100 entries and lifetime members receive 250 entries. Members can improve their chances of winning by registering up to 500 times at AirVenture 2013 or at www.eaa.org/sweepstakes.

Enter at AirVenture 2013 in the Sweepstakes booth located on Wittman Road at the southeast corner of Phillips 66 Plaza.

Air Repair agreed to build the aircraft for EAA, partially underwriting some of the costs, with a long list of added features including a 300-hp Jacobs R755 A2M engine, 24-volt electric system, and dual basic instrumentation.

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