We’ve all seen political fundraising auctions before. Gift baskets, watches, and tickets to events are the norm, but Republican candidate for Harris County Sheriff, Carl Pittman, is blowing the doors off of traditional fundraisers by auctioning flights in an L-29 Delphin fighter jet trainer to the highest bidder.
Aviation enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies take note – The jet’s owner and pilot has even agreed to allow the winning bidder to take the stick and pilot this cold war classic if they are a licensed and meet his skill requirements. This is an opportunity for one lucky bidder to have the ride of their life.
The first production Delfin rolled off the assembly line in April 1963, and production continued for more than 11 years, a huge statement of its success. More than 2,000 were eventually supplied to the Soviet air force, and 400 more to the Czech air force. Others were supplied to Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary and Romania. Straightforward, rugged and easy to fly, the L-29 was ideal as both a primary jet trainer and as an advanced combat/weapons trainer. The Delfin was later exported to several other nations including Egypt and Indonesia.
This amazing flight, and many others great auction items, will be available on January 30th 2011 at the “Carl Pittman for Harris County Sheriff Campaign Fundraiser” held at Steamboat House Steakhouse – 8045 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston Texas 77064. Admission to the dinner and auction is $350. For more details call (281) 849-1336 , or visit www.CarlForSheriff.com