Plenty Of Options For Aviator Gifts

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If you're looking for unique holiday gifts for the aviator on your list, or compiling a list of your own, plenty of options have been flowing into the AVweb inbox. Bonham's auction house in Oxford is selling a pair of wooden photograph cases made from one of the main spars of the tri-plane flown by Manfred Von Reichthofen, known as the "Red Baron," in World War I. The airplane was shot down in April 1918. The two cases will be auctioned on Dec. 7 and are expected to sell for about $600 to $900. Build A Plane is holding an online auction to support its efforts to help kids learn about aviation and science by building their own airplanes. Bidders can find special passes to EAA AirVenture, a Garmin GPS, a Bahamas weekend and more. The auction continues until Dec. 17, with new items listed every day.

Memberships to your local aviation museum make great gifts while supporting a worthy cause. The National Air & Space Museum offers memberships from $35 up to $10,000, including a magazine subscription, and at the upper levels, private tours and invitations to special events. Airship Ventures offers special prices this month on gift certificates for flights aboard its California-based Zeppelin. The company also has a pilot-for-a-day program coming up Dec. 7 and 8 at Moffett Field, near San Francisco. Participants must have a pilot rating and a current medical. They will attend ground school and take a turn flying the giant airship.