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Catch-A-Cardinal bares it all at Sun 'n FunCatch-A-Cardinal bares it all at Sun 'n Fun

Catch-A-Cardinal bares it all at Sun 'n Fun

AOPA's 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes airplane will make its public debut at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, from April 17 through 23.

"The Cardinal will be on display as no other AOPA sweepstakes airplane has been — open right down to the belly skins," said Julie Boatman, project manager and "AOPA Pilot" technical editor. "This is a unique opportunity for all pilots to see its inner workings for a better understanding of airplanes and the mechanics involved in restoring them."

You'll be able to see what is on the inside of the airplane, how the flight controls work, and how the airplane is structurally put together. And you can become a lasting part of the project by signing a floorboard. The 1977 Cessna Cardinal 177B also will be freshly painted, have a factory overhauled Lycoming O-360-A1F6 engine, and be fitted with a completely upgraded panel.

If you're heading down to Sun 'n Fun to check out the sweepstakes airplane, remember that if you show your AOPA membership card at the entrance gate on AOPA Day, Friday, April 20, you'll get $5 off the price of admission.

Even better, sign up at the gate with a future pilot or student pilot for AOPA Project Pilot from April 17 to April 20, and he or she will get in for free! That's a $30 value. (Tickets and sign-up must be on site at Sun 'n Fun. Limit one free student per Project Pilot Mentor.)

March 30, 2007

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