Ohio Man Wins Flight of a Lifetime

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Ohio Man wins Flight of a Lifetime
Ben Rayl has winning ticket to fly P-51 Mustang, supports Mercy Flight Southeast.

Leesburg Fla. (April 13, 2016) – Ben Rayl of Loudonville, Ohio will soon fly a piece of World War II history. Mercy Flight Southeast drew Rayl’s winning raffle ticket for a chance to fly a P-51 Mustang.

Stallion 51 had donated the experience flying its “Crazy Horse” to raise money for Mercy Flight Southeast which provides free air transportation to adults and children who need to get to far-from-home medical care.

“I never thought in a million years that I’d ever win anything but I knew I had to buy a ticket. I started reading about Mercy Flight and I know the money is going to a good cause,” said Rayl who is a highway technician for the Ohio Department of Transportation and served in Iraq with the 612th Engineer Battalion in the Ohio National Guard. “I’ve always been fascinated by planes and have wanted to get a pilot’s license. The P-51 has a special place in my heart because of its role in World War II.”

Rayl will be flown to Stallion 51’s Kissimmee headquarters for his once-in-a-lifetime flight.

The hands-on Mustang flight, which is designed for any level of piloting expertise, includes pre-flight briefing and cockpit orientation; one-hour hands-on flight that encourages the individual to do 95% of the flying, followed by a post-flight briefing reviewing the three-camera video that captures all of the action during the flight. Also included is a Certificate of completion, photo of the aircraft flown, copy of the in-flight video and log-book entry.

About Stallion 51
Stallion 51 Corporation is a comprehensive aviation organization offering a wide range of services in historic aircraft including orientation flights in the legendary dual cockpit, dual control P-51 Mustang, historic T-6 Texan and L-39 TurboJet. Stallion 51 offers check-out, transition and re-currency training, FAA Medical certification, aircraft sales and management. For over 25 years, Stallion 51 has been a world leader in WWII aviation; focusing on safety and quality flight training. www.stallion51.com (407)846-4400.

About Mercy Flight Southeast
Mercy Flight Southeast is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation by private aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial air service is not available, impractical or simply not affordable. Mercy Flight Southeast is a member of Air Charity Network, an association of charitable aviation organizations comprised of more than 7,500 pilots and who represent over 90% of all charitable non-emergency flights flown in the nation. Mercy Flight Southeast has won the seal of approval from Independent Charities of America recognizing Mercy Flight Southeast as a good steward of the funds it generates from the public.


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