Are you having a hard time picturing the AOPA Centennial of Flight sweepstakes aircraft? Then come to the twelfth annual AOPA Fly-In June 1 to get a better idea of what some lucky member will win.
Weather permitting, an AOPA member from Virginia will have on display his own Waco UPF-7, the same model as AOPA's sweepstakes aircraft. The main difference is the aircraft at the Fly-in has a canopy for the rear cockpit, something that the sweepstakes aircraft will not have.
AOPA's Waco has reached the point in the restoration process where progress is difficult to see, as the myriad of little things required to completely restore a piece of aviation history get done.
For one thing, Rare Aircraft, the company that is doing the restoration work, is moving its workshop, and the AOPA Waco. Our UPF-7 has been assembled uncovered to make sure the pieces fit, and disassembled. Fuel tanks have been manufactured. Wiring, engine plumbing, and engine control work is under way, and Rare Aircraft owner Roy Redman is in the process of drawing up the schematics for the avionics.
For a complete update on the restoration project, visit the " Win a Waco" page on AOPA Online.