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You can't fly in the original Spirit of St. Louis but if you've ever looked up at it in the Smithsonian and dreamed, you might want to bid on the next best thing. The Lindbergh Foundation is auctioning off rides in a replica of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis with up to 12 possible winners. The Experimental Aircraft Association's Spirit of St. Louis replica will be part of the Lindbergh Foundation's 2009 Lindbergh Award Celebration on May 15, 16, and 17 at the EAA AirVenture Pioneer Airport. This Spirit of St. Louis replicas is the only one in the world that can take a passenger. This plane is configured so that the EAA pilot commands the aircraft from up front meaning that the passenger can experience flight in the aircraft from the actual "Lindbergh seat" position and there is a set of fully functioning dual flight controls.
The 12 flights will be awarded to the highest bidders and each bidder can buy up to four rides at his winning bid price. Each flight will last 15-20 minutes. The official start of the bidding process will be announced at a press conference on April 22 at Sun 'n Fun. Bids will start at $250.
[via General Aviation News]