Who do we know that has an open cockpit biplane?

The world’s most ambitious air rally, the 2018 Ushuaia2USA Vintage Air Rally, has announced the names of those chosen to compete in the 2018 air race – the “Lucky 15”. Out of 675 teams who applied, only 15 could be chosen, and three are LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ members!! Congratulations to:

USA – Val Thal-Slocum and Amy Hoffpauir
USA – Ernie Betancourt and Allison Paige Driver
USA – Dustin Mosher and Diane Barney
USA – Kyle Bushman and Brian Harper

AUSTRALIA – Lachie Smart and Ryan Campbell
AUSTRALIA – Chris Hunter and Nick Robertson
BRAZIL – Eddy Eipper and Rodrigo Damboriarena
FRANCE – Antoine Vignier and Philippe Moreau
IRELAND – James and Matthew McCullough
ITALY – Cesare Leonardi and Corrado Spagna
ITALY – Piero Angiolillo and Simona Balestri
NORWAY РH̴vard Dale and Kim-Andr̬ V̴gene
POLAND – Jacek Mainka and Marcin Kubrak
UK – Tom Milsom and Robin Russell
UK – Amanda Harrison and Mike Wigg

From VintageAirRally.com,

Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights of the 1920s, 15 vintage aircraft built in the early 1900s take to the air for a truly unique rally across the Americas. The VintageAirRally starts on the 1st March 2018 from Ushuaia, Argentina and finishes on the 14th April in Florida, USA. The Rally connects some of the most beautiful and evocative points, combining the challenge of flying these magnificent planes with the element of competition which was equally prevalent in those early days.

The Rally begins from the world’s southernmost airport, heading north to Florida, journey’s end.

A rally such as this has never been done before in South America – and follows on from the successful 2016 VintageAirRally Crete2Cape.

Exciting for sure but we need your help! LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ team “Val Thal-Slocum and Amy Hoffpauir” made the final cut and were selected to fly and compete. (Awesome) Their C195 aircraft was not accepted. (OH NO) They are scrambling to find an open cockpit, antique biplane to fly in the Rally. Without one, they will not be able to compete. Val writes

“Who do we know that has an open cockpit biplane? That would loan it to me??? To allow Amy and I to fly it 9000 miles across South America in the Vintage Air Rally and aircraft is sound enough to do it??”

“I hate to ask anyone to take their baby but the only chance we have of making it is to come up with a biplane. Looking for suggestions. Everything is contingent on us getting a Vintage biplane. Longest leg is 250 nm, MEA 8000′.”

OK, so there you have it. Full details will be provided to anyone able to help. Please share and help make this happen!!

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