The Waco experience--flying with a faceful of propwash

March 10, 2003

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Rick Newnum in Red Rock Biplane's Waco

Rick Newnum of Kernersville, N.C., is one of the latest AOPA members to feel the rush of wind in his face that comes from an open-cockpit aircraft. Newnum recently collected his prize as one of the monthly winners in AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes—a trip to Sedona, Arizona, and a half-day ride in a Waco biplane.

"My wife and I were excited about this trip," Newnum said. "Not only would I get to fly the Waco, but also it would be a homecoming of sorts. I grew up in Phoenix and graduated from ERAU [Embry Riddle Aeronautical University]."

[ Read Rick Newnum's own account of his trip to Sedona.]

The monthly winners in AOPA's two-year Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes each get a trip to Sedona, Arizona, for a chance to fly in a Waco biplane similar to the Sweepstakes grand prize aircraft with Red Rock Biplanes.

The grand prize itself is a 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane, beautifully restored by Rare Aircraft of Owatonna, Minn., and worth approximately $250,000. It will be awarded early in 2004.

Anyone who joins or renews membership in AOPA during the two-year sweepstakes period is automatically entered in the drawing. Complete rules and eligibility requirements are available at AOPA Online.

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