First-time pilots to fly vintage plane through contest

Aug 14, 2013
Twelve winners of the Historic Flight Foundation's Pilots for a Day contest will get to fly the HFF's DC-3, an antique 1930s airliner on Aug. 27.

Twelve lucky first-time pilots will get the opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at the Historic Flight Foundation and experience what it’s like to be the pilot of a vintage airplane. The deadline for this contest has been extended.

The HFF is offering 12 winners of its Pilots for a Day contest the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly an antique 1930s airliner, the Douglas DC-3 above the Puget Sound on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

"The response has been incredible," said Drew Symonds, a HFF representative. "Some of the entries make me tear up. We’ve had people as young as 13 and as old as in their 80s sign up.

"It’s clear that our community is packed full of aviation enthusiasts."

As Pilot for a Day, winners will also get:

• Behind-the-scenes access to the HFF collection

• Meet experienced warbird pilot John Sessions

• Behind-the-scenes access to Paine Field air traffic control towers, and more.

To enter, visit the HFF website or Facebook page and comment why you should become Pilots for a Day.

Deadline for entry is Aug. 20 at 11:59 p.m., when winners will be selected based on the quality of their essays. Winners will be selected on Aug. 19.

The Historic Flight Foundation is at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. in Mukilteo.

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