AirVenture Auction To Sell Doolittle Stinson And More

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A real estate auction company has opened its horizons to aviation and chosen AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 to sell some uniquely historic aircraft side-by-side with yours, if you'd like. Bidding will open early and some aircraft "may be pre-sold," according to auctioneer REDC. Aircraft set to go on the block at "The Spirit of Aviation Auction" include a Stinson SR-10 "built for and flown by" Jimmy Doolittle and a Grumman TBM-3U. The rest of the aircraft similarly range from privately owned recreational planes to warbirds and rare vintage aircraft. Not all of the offerings are set for lofty starting bids and you're welcome to consign your aircraft, too. All aircraft will be reviewed by EAA before being accepted into the auction and those that are not pre-sold will be on the grounds at Oshkosh for at least two days before the July 31 auction.

Both EAA and Air Fleet Capital insurance services will be available to discuss finance and insurance options, just in case you need a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat and have an extra $590,000 burning a hole in your pocket. REDC says it will also offer a Monocoupe 110 Special, which is a one-of-a-kind customized "remake" of 1920s and 1930s air racers fitted with modern avionics. The company will start bidding on that aircraft at $55,000. REDC is also offering a Cessna 310D that was used to promote the 1960's TV series "Sky King" and is "the only remaining aircraft from that show." EAA has set up a website for the Spirit of Aviation Auction. Alternately, REDC's auction website is available here.