The winner is drawn!
Raffle Day 2009 was fun and festive day all day long! Out on the ramp, we started out with a Cessna Bobcat and Drew Coats’ Cessna 172 (disguised to look like a T-41) on the ramp. Shortly after 11:00am everyone gathered outside to watch as the current and new raffle planes made a couple of low flybys over runway 35, right in front of the museum! Drew Coats, our president, led in N7433A, the 1957 Cessna 172 that would be given away to a lucky winner that afternoon with museum volunteer Sandy Svalsberg as his passenger.
He was followed by Mike Kelly, our Chief Pilot, flying solo and making the public debut of our new raffle plane, N9379B, a 1958 Cessna 175 that recently went through a major restoration. Check out the pictures in the gallery below and on the raffle plane page to see this gorgeous plane. Tickets are on sale now for $50 each! We will sell no more than 2,500 tickets, and we will give the plane away at our July 2010 Wings & Wheels, or a sooner Wings & Wheels if we sell all 2,500 tickets, whichever comes first.
Later on in the afternoon, shortly after 2:00p, the long-awaited moment had arrived. Ken Seifert, of the accounting firm Mosher, Seifert, and Company, who donated their services to certify the raffle, had the honor of drawing the winning ticket. We are pleased to congratulate Houston-Area flight instructor Larry Smith on winning his very own airplane! Unfortunately, Larry was unable to be there for the live drawing, but he wasted no time in getting there after we called him! Here he is on the right, pictured with museum president Drew Coats (left), receiving the keys to his new plane, in the background. In the gallery, there is also a picture of Larry with his friend and museum volunteer Angelo LaCognata, who sold him the winning ticket. Larry plans to use the plane teach his daughter how to fly. She has a few hours under her belt, but has yet to solo. Now that they've won the plane, that solo will come pretty quickly!
All of us at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum would like to say congratulations to Larry, and wish him and his family all the best!