Press Releases and Awards

It is with great pleasure to announce that "Miss Pearl", a Piper Pacer show aircraft, N3383A, has participated, and won, including Oshkosh Air Adventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin, at every eligible Experimental Aircraft Association Regional contest in the US. There are eleven regions which encompassed flying over 80,000 nautical miles to compete, and to be visited at these shows by over a half million people. In addition, she has won over 50 national championships from other fly-ins around the country-the only plane known to achieve this record. The restoration of this plane took nearly five years, and 4200 hours of skilled craftsmanship to restore this Custom Classic aircraft. It is hangered at Drake Field, (FYV) Fayetteville, Ar. and is promoted as America's most beautiful, elegant, single engine, private aircraft. To see photographs of the plaques and trophies won by Miss Pearl, click on the following links: Trophies 1 Trophies 2

Competitions that Miss Pearl has won are:

  • 1994 - GRAND CHAMPION, CLASSIC - Antique Aircraft Assn. Fly-in - Denton, TX
     
  • 1994 - 1ST PLACE, CHAMBERS CHOICE - Pauls Valley, OK
     
  • 1994 - 1ST PLACE, BEST INTERIOR, BEST EXTERIOR, LADIES' CHOICE, and KIDS' CHOICE, E.A.A. CHAP 88 - Eldorado, KS
     
  • 1994 - 1ST PLACE, BEST ENGINE INSTALLATION, E.A.A. International Fly-in - Oshkosh, WI
     
  • 1994 - BEST CLASSIC, Camden Regional Airport - Camden, AR
     
  • 1995 - GRAND CHAMPION, CUSTOM CLASSIC, EAA Sun and Fun - Lakeland, FL
     
  • 1995 - GRAND CHAMPION and BEST CLASSIC, E.A.A. CHAP. 91 - Kansas City, MO
     
  • 1995 - GRAND CHAMPION, and BEST CLASSIC, E.A.A. Rocky Mountain Regional - Longmont, CO
     
  • 1995 - GRAND CHAMPION, BEST PA-22/20, PEOPLE'S CHOICE, LADIES' CHOICE, Short Wing Piper Club - Lacrosse, WI
     
  • 1995 - CHAMPION CUSTOM CLASSIC, E.A.A. International Fly-in - Oshkosh, WI
     
  • 1995 - BEST CUSTOM CLASSIC, Sentimental Journey - Lock Haven, PA
     
  • 1995 - GRAND CHAMPION CLASSIC, E.A.A. North Central Regional - Rock Falls, IL
     
  • 1995 - GRAND CHAMPION CLASSIC, 38th Annual Tulsa Fly-in - Bartlesville, OK
     
  • 1995 - BEST CLASSIC, and CHAMBERS CHOICE - Pauls Valley, OK
     
  • 1995 - RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION and BEST OF SHOW, E.A.A. Southwest Regional Fly-in - Kerrville, TX
     
  • 1996 - GRAND CHAMPION CUSTOM CLASSIC, E.A.A. All American Fly-in - Alliance/Ft. Worth, TX
     
  • 1996 - GRAND CHAMPION CLASSIC, 39th Annual Tulsa Fly-in - Bartlesville, OK
     
  • 1996 - 1ST PLACE CLASSIC, E.A.A. Copperstate Fly-in - Meza, AZ
     
  • 1996 - BEST OF SHOW, E.A.A. Southwest Regional Fly-in - Kerrville, TX
     
  • 1997 - BEST CUSTOMIZED SHORTWING PIPER, Sentimental Journey - Lock Haven, PA
     
  • 1997 - CHAMPION CUSTOM CLASSIC, Northwest E.A.A. Fly-in - Arlington, WA
     
  • 1997 - CUSTOM CLASSIC, E.A.A. Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-in - Marion, OH -- Attended, but no eligible category or qualified judge for competition.
     
  • 1998 - GRAND CHAMPION, Antique Aircraft Assn. Fly-in - Atchison, KS
     
  • 1998 - BEST SHORT WING PIPER, E.A.A. Great American Air Circus Fly-in - North Little Rock, AR
     
  • 1998 - CUSTOM CLASSIC, E.A.A. Golden West Fly-in - Atwater, CA -- Attended, but no eligible category availible for competition.
     
  • 1998 - GRAND CHAMPION CUSTOM CLASSIC, E.A.A. South Eastern Regional Fly-in - Evergreen, AL
     
  • 1999 - BEST OF SHOW, E.A.A. Virginia State Regional Fly-in - Petersburg, VA
     
  • 1999 - BEST CUSTOM CLASSIC, EAA VAA Chap. 3 Fall Fly-in - Darlington, Co. Hartsville, SC
     
  • 1999 - GRAND CHAMPION CUSTOM CLASSIC, EAA East Coast Fly-in - New Garden Airport, Toughkenamon, PA
     
  • 2000 - BEST CUSTOMIZED SHORTWING PIPER, Sentimental Journey - Lock Haven, PA
     
  • 2002 - GRAND CHAMPION, LADIES CHOICE, EGREGIOUS AIRMANSHIP AWARD, and BEST CRAFTSMANSHIP, Shortwing Piper Club Convention, Midland/Odessa, TX
     
  • 2002 - CUSTOMIZED CLASSIC AIRCRAFT, runner-up, Air Adventure, Oshkosh, WI
     
  • 2002 - FIRST PLACE, PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, Mid-South Fallfest Flyin Millington, TN
     
  • 2003 - BEST CUSTOM CLASSIC, EAA Southwest Regional Flyin, New Braunfels, TX
     
  • 2003 - SHORTWNG PIPER CLUB AMBASSADOR RECOGNITION AWARD, Swpc. annual convention, Springfield, MO
     
  • 2003 - BEST CUSTOMIZED CLASSIC, CHARLES LINDBERG TROPHY, Air Adventure, Oshkosh, WI
     
  • 2003 - BEST OF SHOW, Hassel Field Flyin, Clifton, TN
     
  • 2003 - GRAND CHAMPION CLASSIC, 47th Regional Flyin, Bartelsville, OK   
     
  • 2005 BEST OF SHOW, Wings of Wheat, Burlington, KS
     

Quotes

  • "I personally have never seen any Piper that can compare."
    - William T. Piper Jr., Piper Aviation Museum, Lock Haven, PA  
     
  • "The most magnificent Piper Pacer in the world, it looks like a diamond in a jeweler's case."
    - Charles Harris, Director, E.A.A. Antique/Classic Dev., Tulsa, OK  
     
  • "...the creation of an aerial artifact that people love."
    - Budd Davisson, E.A.A.'s Sport Aviation Magazine  
     
  • "Frank's Pacer is a sparkling example of what you can do to beautifully customize a Classic airplane and turn it into a true showpiece."
    - H. G. Frautschy, Editor, E.A.A.'s Vintage Airplane Magazine  
     
  • "...a plane as unique as it is magnificent."
    - Mike Rodman, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Little Rock, AR  
     
  • "Miss Pearl draws both men and women spectators like a Hollywood star."
    - Rebecca Tucker, The Morning News, NW Arkansas (currently with the University of Arkansas)  
     
  • "...from a 'basket-case' to a 'show-case."
    - Lana K. Muthler, Sun-Gazette, Lock Haven, PA


 
 

Press Contact:

Frank P. Sperandeo III
15841 Pear Circle
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Home Phone: (479) 521-2609

Email (Press contact)


Website:www.miss-pearl.org


 
 

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