You know this isn’t your garden-variety
convention—not when you can buy a World War II Pratt & Whitney
R-1830 engine from a C-47 for $7,500. Or a genuine throat mike for $15.
Maybe a pair of postwar drop tanks for $995 is to your liking. Or an
aluminum thingy that could either be an air vent or a dessert mold. Your
With a handful of
aircraft sparkplugs, Christie Bruns invites buyers at the EAA
Surplus Artifact Sale deep in Camp Scholler. That’s an R-1830
engine from a DC-3 behind her, and it is for sale. Photo by
Frederick A. Johnsen
This year, on Saturday, Sunday, and
Monday, July 24-26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., EAA is prototyping a sales
store in Camp Scholler where aircraft hardware, instruments, and other
items not needed for the EAA Museum’s work are being sold to raise
money to help the museum.
Chuck Parnall ramrods the effort for EAA and says all the items have
been vetted by a committee within EAA to ensure they are not needed for
anything the organization can forecast. “It’s a pretty significant
process they go through to make sure it is not going to be of use to the
museum,” Parnall says.
As of Sunday morning, the shop, tucked
away in a part of the campground, had raised about $1,200 for EAA. A
sign in the building tells customers a project that stands to benefit
from this sale is the impending restoration of the chin turret on EAA’s
B-17G Flying Fortress.
“The joy of doing this is that we’re
putting something back to use,” Parnall says. “The type of people we
are getting are the core of what EAA is all about,” he adds.
He sees people who are just happy to be
at AirVenture 2010, not complaining about the wet grounds, and willing
to offer constructive suggestions on identifying stray parts and their
Unmarked items may be purchased with a
donation— and Parnall says donors have been generous.
When pricing surplus items to sell,
Parnall explains he tries to balance the ticket somewhere under market
value while still netting reasonable funds for the EAA Museum’s
The surplus shop, which closes at 2 p.m.
today, is an experiment that may grow next year, Parnall says.
And if an R-1830 engine isn’t to your
liking, there’s always a pair of R-2600s that once powered one of the
B-25s in the movie Catch-22. Make ’em an offer.