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Centennial of Flight Waco takes flightCentennial of Flight Waco takes flight

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AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes
Waco lifts off for first test flight.

It's flown! AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes aircraft, a 1940 Waco UPF biplane, took its first test flight this week. It has been lovingly restored by Rare Aircraft of Owatonna, Minn., and had just been waiting for a break in the weather. Test pilot Ben Redman maintained hands-off level flight and also performed loops and aileron rolls.

The aircraft will require about 15 hours' additional flight testing but has to wait for breaks in the cold weather to prevent damage to the engine.

You can enter the sweepstakes simply by joining or renewing your membership in AOPA.

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