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Former AOPA Sweeps airplane returns

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A rare treat for attendees of the AOPA Fly-In and Open House was seeing a former sweepstakes airplane land with the original winner at the controls.

Roy Wilbanks, who won the better-than-new 2004 AOPA Sweepstakes Piper Twin Comanche, flew up from South Carolina. His airplane stood out on the flight line with its striking paint scheme.

"I can't complain at all," Wilbanks said. "Everybody loves the plane."

Twin Comanche fans might notice one new detail about the airplane: Wilbanks added the words "The American Dream" on the nose. "I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming," was all Wilbanks could say when AOPA President Phil Boyer awarded him the airplane.

June 3, 2006

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