The Year in Review – 2013

Is it that time of the year already? Like every other pilot I wish I flew more than I did but I had a great year overall. My non-flying adventures certainly added up to a year well lived. It seemed like this year the planes were down for extended periods throughout the year. Throw in some lousy northeast weather and the weekends quickly drifted away. I am happy that I did get to take two great day long trips with my girlfriend. There weren’t as many firsts as 2012 but I did get to take my older sister up for the first time. It was just a lap around the pattern but something I have been wanting to do for some time.

I already know there will be at least one first for 2014. This Christmas my girlfriend conspired with my parents to surprise me with a gift that is a major bucket list item for any aviator. I will be flying a P-51 Mustang! Exact time and place are still to be determined but you can bet I will be blogging about it. To say I was surprised with this gift is an understatement. It’s something I never thought I would do until I was in my 50’s and was lucky enough to have money burning a hole in my pocket. Let’s just say she is a definitely a keeper and I have the best parents a guy could ask for.

2014 is looking very promising!


2014 Airplane Raffle List

Are you feeling lucky? Here is a list of airplane raffles I have found for 2014. This list will be updated as new raffles are announced. I am not including sweepstakes type contests just traditional raffles. Good luck!

Organization Plane Max Entries Drawing Date Cost
1940 Air Terminal Museum  1960 Cessna 172B  2,500  7/19/14 $50
Alaska Airmen Piper PA18 150 Super Cub
Dakota Air Territory Museum 1946 Piper J-3 Cub  3,000  8/17/3014 $50
Wings Of Hope 1976 Cessna 172 3,000 6/30/14 $50


  • Fargo Air Museum – 1st Prize 2014 Ford F150, 2nd Prize is a P-51 Mustang ride, $50
  • South Africa Raffle – Open to residents of any country. Aircraft is a Piper Cherokee 235.


2013 Airplane Raffle List

Here is a list of all of the airplane raffles I can find for 2013. Good luck!

Edit: Check out the Updated 2014 Raffle List here

Organization Plane Max Entries Drawing Date Cost
 1940 Air Terminal Museum  1969 Cherokee 140  2,500  7/20/13 $50
 Winged Warriors  1964 Cessna 210D  2,500  7/4/13  $50
 Wing of Hope  1958 Cessna 172  3,000  When Sold Out  $50
Alaska Airmen 2007 Aviat Husky 8,500 5/5/13 $50
Dakota Museum 1947 Luscombe 8E 2,500 8/18/13 $50
Luscombe Endowment Luscombe 8A 1,500 Late 2013 $100

Update: Winged Warriors is no longer raffling the Cessna 210. Instead they are offering a cash prize. See details here.