ORLANDO, Florida —The Florida Aviation Network , in partnership with Stallion 51 Corporation, is raffling off a chance to fly in the T-6 Texan “THANG.”
Stallion 51 Corporation’s T-6 Texan was built at the end of 1944 and was eventually stationed in Hawaii after the war. It carries the nickname “THANG” because of the original Territory of Hawaii Air National Guard markings on the side-panel.
The Florida Aviation Network (FAN), a project of the National Aviation Safety Foundation , is an “In the Clear” satellite broadcast system that promotes aviation and aviation safety. FAN Productions is an effort of the National Aviation Safety Foundation and a coalition of local, regional, and national aviation organizations and agencies. FAN broadcasts live at special events such as SUN ‘n FUN and AirVenture throughout the year. Most of FAN’s industry programs are recorded and used for rebroadcast and distribution throughout the year.
Hundreds of volunteers from throughout the United States volunteer thousands of hours to make this possible, all free to the public. The non-profit organization is reliant on donations and fundraising to pay for support services and to keep FAN on the air.
The raffle prize is a hands-on flight in the historic T-6 Texan at Stallion 51’s headquarters based at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Kissimmee, Florida. The flight includes:
- Pre-flight briefing that tailors each flight to the individual’s experience, expertise and expectations; preflight walk around and cockpit orientation;
- Hands-on 30-minute flight that encourages the individual to do 95% of the flying, including aerobatics.
- Post-flight briefing reviewing the multi-camera video that captures all of the action during the flight.
- Certificate of completion and autographed photo aircraft of the aircraft flown and log book entry, if applicable.
Raffle tickets are $10 each. The winner will be drawn and announced on Jan. 17, 2015, during the annual U S Sport Aviation Expo held in Sebring, Florida Jan. 14-17, 2015.
Raffle tickets can be purchased online or by calling 407-719-6335. Entrants need not be present at the drawing to win.