Win A Vintage 172, Or Support 1940 Air Terminal Museum

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If you want to win a vintage 1957 Cessna 172, your chances are one in 2,500 (as of Saturday). The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas, Saturday announced the new contest along with the winner of its prior and first annual "Win Your Own Plane" raffle. Joe Montano of Pearland, Texas, won a 1947 Cessna 140 over the weekend. The 172 is up next. The museum's press release notes that, "The winner [of the 172] will be announced at the Museum's July 2009 Wings & Wheels open-house, or a sooner Wings & Wheels if all tickets have been sold." Both promotions are part of a fundraising program created by the museum. "At the museum, we meet people every day who have always dreamed of flying. This contest will give one lucky winner the chance to realize that dream," said museum president Drew Coats. Funds acquired through the promotion support day-to-day operations and museum expansion. We don't have a horse in this race, but will note that there are more than 110,000 people reading this right now and we'll remind you that no more than 2,500 tickets will be sold at $50 each. Translation: If you're interested, you might want to hurry up -- but there's one catch.

The museum isn't open on Mondays and they can't sell raffle tickets to e-mail requests. We spoke with them Saturday and they're looking forward to your voicemails and calls, which they'll field on Tuesday. The number is (713) 454-1940. E-mail info@1940airterminal.org for more details.