Tracking down an old magazine cover

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  1. flyingpreacher

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    I don't know how else to find this than to ask some of the most well versed, well resourced aviation needs out there. So here's the story...

    My grandparents' house burned down in 2001, when I was 12. I grew up in that house and I distinctly remember there being an air-to-air photo of my grandfather's 172 in the living room. My mom asked me of I remembered it today and then she filled in a couple of details I didn't know. 1) It was a shoot for a magazine cover, 2) the tail number is N2887E, and 3, he owned that plane from about 1986-1989ish before moving up to a Twin Comanche (N110WW). My grandfather went west this past October, so I can't ask him what magazine or any other details. I know it's a long shot, but with help from this community, I'm thinking there's an outside chance we might be able to track it down. For reference, it was repainted in 2009, but the color scheme is fairly close to my recollection of the original.

    I am thankful that I got to take him up for his last GA flight just a couple of months before he passed, but I would love to track down this other memory as well. So, what have you got?!?

    And here's a couple other pics that go along with the story.
     
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    If anyone I know could solve the mystery, it would be @Pilawt
     
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    N2887E is a 172N built in 1978. I don't remember it offhand. Flying magazine covers are all available online, but if it was one of the other magazines (e.g., Plane & Pilot, Private Pilot, AOPA Pilot or something else) I'm not sure how to find it.
     
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    Cessna Pilots Association magazine featured a member's plane each month. Any guess when the picture was taken?
     
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    I started flipping through old CPA magazines...

    Is your grandfather Tom Deutsch?
    I found the picture and article in the August 1986 CPA edition. I hope that helps.
     

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    I do recall my grandfather saying that it was his plane but not him flying.

    @Brad Z, I knew the community was good, but I didn't expect it to be THAT quick! You're AWESOME! THANK YOU!!!!
     
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    No problem. CPA's archive goes back to 1985, so it didn't take too long to find it. Perhaps someone on here was is packrat and long-time member who happens to have a hard copy of that edition that they can get to you.
     
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    I'm that pack rat with American Hunter magazines! I'll also reach out to the magazine to see if they might have one or even if they just that the file somewhere that we could reprint.
     
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