Five More Days: Second Passenger to Ride in Vintage Aircraft; Buy a Limited-Edition T-Shirt and Baseball Cap — and Much More…

The 1931 Stinson SM-6000-B Trimotor aircraft — the oldest surviving operating aircraft of American Airlines — in flight. Photographs courtesy of and Greg Herrick.

The 1931 Stinson SM-6000-B Trimotor aircraft — the oldest surviving operating aircraft of American Airlines — in flight. Photograph courtesy of

If historical aircraft interests you, how would you like a chance to ride in one which is 81 years of age — the oldest surviving airplane flown for American Airlines?

Donate to the Jason Dahl scholarship fund and you will be entered into a drawing for you and a friend to have a chance to win the opportunity to ride in the oldest surviving aircraft flown by American Airlines, a 1931 Stinson SM-6000-B Trimotor airplane, also known as Ship #NC-11153. The ride will be donated by Greg Herrick in whose private collection the vintage airplane resides. The goal is to collect a minimum of $3,000.00 for this very worthwhile charity — and your chances of winning this ride could be better than your chances of getting upgraded on certain flights, as the odds are approximately one in 510.

FlyerTalk members once again not only answered the call but already significantly exceeded the goal, as the scholarship drive is now at $5,025.00 — and if a minimum of $6,000.00 is raised before May 11, 2012, the owner of the Stinson Tri-Motor aircraft will add another passenger to the ride.

If you are the raffle winner, you will ride it at a mutually agreed upon time in June or July of 2012 at a small airport approximately 30 miles south of Minneapolis, as well as be given a private tour of the Golden Wing Museum, which houses close to 30 unique and one-of-a-kind aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation in the United States between the 1920s and 1930s. Anyone who donates to the fund will have the opportunity to tour the museum at the same time, as well as to watch the winner ride in the vintage aircraft.

To sweeten the deal, FlyerTalk member dhammer53 is generously offering two people who donate $25.00 or more a baseball cap and a limited-edition T-shirt sporting a photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge on it from the eighth annual Brooklyn Reality Tour in 2008. The baseball cap and T-shirt will be delivered on the Brooklyn Reality Tour next month if you are attending, or it will be mailed to you domestically via United States Postal Service if you are not able to attend.

Jason Dahl was at the controls as the captain of United Airlines flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. His wife, Sandy, launched the scholarship fund in his name which gives financial assistance to young men and women interested in an aviation career.

This cause is so special that Denny Flanagan, a veteran pilot and captain at United Airlines, finally relented and officially joined FlyerTalk as a member last summer as Capt Denny, and he is once again selflessly promoting this cause. Please join him and FlyerTalk in reaching the revised goal of at least $6,000.00 by May 11, 2012. The official drawing is expected to be held on May 12, 2012.

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