Pre-WWII aircraft swoop into US aviation auction


2015-06-26 12:02:22


Pre-WWII aircraft swoop into US aviation auction

An award-winning plane and one belonging to a silent movie star will head this July sale

In six weeks' time a sale will take place which aviation enthusiasts will not want to wish: the Spirit of Aviation Aircraft Auction, to be held by Airventure in Wisconsin.

Boasting a range of vintage, experimental and collectible aircraft, the auction will offer two beautiful pieces from the 1930s.

Fairchild F-24 vintage aircraftFairchild F-24 vintage aircraft (Click to enlarge)

The first of these, a Fairchild F-24 with a brilliant crimson and cream coloured exterior is a fantastic piece of history which was originally delivered to Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Rogers was a silent film star and stared in the first Academy Award winning movie Wings.

The aircraft has been re-built and now sports a Ranger 200 HP engine, which replaced the Warner engine. It spent 10 years in a museum before moving back into private ownership, and the current owners have held it since 2000.

With a black interior with black and white hounds tooth check seat inserts, the plane is offered with as starting price of just $10,000.

Waco YKS 6 1936 vintage planeWaco YKS-6 award-winning plane (Click to enlarge)

For the more advanced collector, or investor, a Waco YKS-6 is available, originally made in 1936 for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co (Standard Oil Company of New York, which became Mobil and later ExxonMobil).

It was winner of the Judges Trophy at Oshkosh 2009 Seaplane base, winner of The Silver Age Trophy at Oshkosh 2008 and actively involved in American Barnstomers tour 2008. With gleaming new red and blue paint on the outside and new leather interior, the starting price is $79,000.

The auction will take place on July 31, with viewings available for five days previous to that, at EAA AirVenture 2010. EAA Jack Mark Hangar1135 W 20th St, Oshkosh, WI 54902.

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