Have you ever dreamed of owning and
flying your own Grumman FM-2 Wildcat? How about taking the controls of a
fully restored 1938 Stinson SR-10 that was flown 140 times by American
aviation pioneer Jimmy Doolittle? The opportunity to bid on both of
these magnificent aircraft along with many others is now possible thanks
to the first EAA Spirit of Aviation Auction at AirVenture this year.
“Every year at Oshkosh we see a lot of
airplanes for sale, but 2010 is the first year we are bringing all of
those sales to one location,” said Trent Ferris, vice president of
auction sales for REDC, a partner of EAA. “We combined our core
competency of auctioning with EAA’s core competency of ‘everything
aviation’ to create a new opportunity for buyers and sellers of
Forty-nine aircraft are up for bid; all
in excellent original or recently restored condition.
A completely overhauled Piper PA-23 Apache, the only known Apache in the
world on Wipline 3730 amphibian floats, is available, as is the famous
“Deception” Velocity, which has been featured in numerous
publications and at air shows for its outstanding craftsmanship.
Want P-51 styling, modern technology, and
performance, all without the hassle of maintaining a 60-year-old
airplane? Then the brand new Thunder Mustang offered at auction may be
just the ticket.
How about owning a piece of showbiz
history? Beautifully restored to its original glory in 2002, the Cessna
310D Songbird III at auction is fully documented as being used in the
famous television series Sky King. It features a new “R” style panel
with center-mount radios, a full slate of avionics and new leather
The one-of-a-kind Monocoupe Super 110 in
museum-quality condition is also up for grabs. Powered by a Lycoming
AEIO-360 engine coupled with FADEC technology, the aircraft has a top
speed of 220 mph. Its true uniqueness is sure to make it a star at the
“Every airplane is a standout in its
own right, depending on what you’re looking for,” Ferris said. “We’ve
had over 100 airplanes submitted for the auction. Through our vetting
process we’ve narrowed that number down to 49, and we’ve ensured
that every airplane is in excellent, flyable condition.”
An F7U-3 Cutlass is also being offered at
auction, and although it’s still in construction phase, EAA believes
AirVenture is the perfect venue to find the right builder to finish this
unique jet fighter.
Other notable aircraft include a
Beechcraft King Air 90, a Socata TBM 700, Cessna Citation 501, 1936 Waco
YKS-6 and a Cirrus SR22 G-II. A listing of all 49 aircraft can be found
at Auction Headquarters at Karl’s Showcase Gallery, located where the
old Oshkosh tower once stood, near the flightline.
The Spirit of Aviation Auction will take
place Saturday, July 31, at EAA’s Jack Mark Hangar, just north of the
North 40 at Wittman Regional Airport. A tram will run daily from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. between auction headquarters and the Jack Mark Hangar.