Heather Penny sponsored by Courtesy Aircraft at the 2017 NWOC

It was a special treat for all of us to hear Heather Penny’s 9/11 story and what she was willing to sacrifice for our great country.  It will be a story that we will never forget.

Heather is also working with the CAF’s RISE ABOVE WASP, a national educational outreach program, inspiring young women by telling the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.   For additional information on this great program, visit: https://riseabovewasp.org/

Prestigious Aircraft Collection Now Available Through Courtesy Aircraft Sales

Rockford, IL — Courtesy Aircraft Sales has been commissioned to sell over 20 rare, vintage and one-of-a-kind warbird and civilian aircraft. This private collection only recently became available and consists of flyable aircraft in excellent condition and some restoration projects. A particular project of importance and value is the availability of a rare North American F-82E Twin Mustang fighter.  Significant professional restoration work has already been completed including wings and the engines. This airplane is one of only two in civilian ownership. “We’re delighted we’ve been chosen to facilitate the sales of these fine airplanes,” commented Mark Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft Sales. “Each plane represents a significant piece of aviation history and contributed to the freedom we enjoy today.”

Courtesy Aircraft Sales assists with the sale of collections of all sizes as well as individual purchases of warbird or civilian aircraft. For a complete inventory listing, visit Courtesy Aircraft Sales on the Internet at www.courtesyaircraft.com. Courtesy Aircraft Sales is one of the most respected aircraft dealers in the U.S., having sold more than 3,000 civilian and warbird aircraft since 1957. To find out more about buying or selling an aircraft, contact Mark Clark or John Kraman at Courtesy Aircraft Sales, 5233 Falcon Road, Rockford, IL 61109; 800/426-8783; FAX: 815/229-1815; www.courtesyaircraft.com.

Queen of the Skies Looks to Continue Historical, Educational Mission

Courtesy Aircraft (Rockford, IL) announces the availability of the rare and historic Fuddy Duddy, one of less than 10 flying B-17’s in the world. The famed B-17 is currently owned by the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Elmira, NY. “The focus and the efforts of the Museum are changing, and the B-17 does not really fit the new model,” states Mark Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft.

On contracted tour with the EAA, Fuddy Duddy has visited more than 50 cities annually, flying in excess of 300 hours and over 500 missions. More than 20,000 people have toured the Flying Fortress on the ground. Through advance and event coverage, Fuddy Duddy has logged nearly 8 million measured newspaper impressions plus an estimated 20 million broadcast media impressions.

A secondary benefit of these exhibitions has been substantial membership growth as well as an increase in the EAA’s volunteer base, with approximately 31,800 volunteer hours contributed. In praising the Fuddy Duddy’s impact, the EAA said, “The B-17 is by a considerable margin the most significant aircraft outreach program offered nationally.”

“Ideally, the museum will find a corporate sponsor or sponsors that will underwrite some or all of the B-17’s operating expenses so the museum can make it available to people who might not otherwise be able to afford to fly in it,” said Wings of Eagles Executive Director Mike Hall. “If a sponsorship deal can’t be worked out, selling the craft is a possibility,” he said.

The museum has entered into a contract with Courtesy Aircraft to explore options on the aircraft. “Whether we secure a sponsor(s) or buyer, the museum is very interested in someone who will continue the educational and historic operation of the aircraft,” said Mark Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft Sales. “They contracted with us to look at various options. Finding a national sponsor is one; finding someone to buy it and donate it back, or sell the airplane, are the others,” Clark said. “It just depends on which one is the most viable option for the museum.

“The thrust is to have the airplane continue to tell its history and inspirational story,” he said. “A lot of museums have an interest in the airplane.”

“It’s a fantastic resource. These airplanes have touched everybody.”

For more information, contact:

Mark Clark                                           Courtesy Aircraft, Inc.
President                                               (800) 426-8783
sales@courtesyaircraft.com                   (815) 229-5112
5233 Falcon Road
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Douglas A-20G “HAVOC” Offered on the Market

Courtesy Aircraft has been appointed exclusive sales agent for the rare Douglas A-20G “Havoc”, N3WF, the ONLY flyable A-20G currently in the world. Once owned by Paul Mantz, the famous pre-World War II race pilot and movie flying daredevil and believed to have been flown by Howard Hughes, this is a rare, historical offering.

The A-20G joins the market with a rare and prestine Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat and a grumman FM-2 Wildcat, each part of a major aviation collection since 1991.

Courtesy Aircraft Sales, established in 1957, has earned the recognition as The World Leader in Warbird Sales. Courtesy has sold over 220 Warbirds since 2000 including the Beoing B-17 Fuddy Duddy, Lockheed P-38L Putt Putt Maru, Goodyear FG-1D Corsair Marines Dream as well as 18 North American P-51 Mustangs.

To learn more, contact:

Mark Clark, President        (800) 426-8783
5233 Falcon Road               (815) 229-5112
Rockford, IL 61109 USA   sales@courtesyaircraft.com

Courtesy Aircraft Celebrating Notable Sales Milestones: WARBIRDS

Over the past 50 years, Courtesy Aircraft Sales has earned the reputation of being known as the World Leader in Warbird Sales. Recently two major milestones have been surpassed with Courtesy Aircraft Sales now having sold 100 North American AT-6s (also known as SNJs or Harvards) and 30 North American P-51 Mustangs in the past decade.

Considering the relative rarity of these ex-military aircraft, this is one accomplishment that comes far and few between. For example, today there are approximately 350 North American AT-6s that are airworthy. Courtesy Aircraft has sold approximately 30% of all airworthy AT-6 aircraft- and not all have been on the market. Courtesy Aircraft has sold more North American aircraft than any other company besides North American Aviation itself.

Mark Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft states, “It is a pleasure to be part of the history of these aircraft; I continue to be impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the public for these symbols of freedom.”

About Courtesy Aircraft Sales

Courtesy Aircraft was founded in 1957 as a new Cessna aircraft dealership. As years past and business continued to prosper, a new market began to emerge including ex-military trainers, fighters and bombers also known as warbirds.

With the help of President Mark Clark’s strong aviation background and years of sales experience, Courtesy Aircraft has sold over 3,000 aircraft all around the world.

Courtesy Aircraft assists their customers with the aircraft ownership process from start to finish. This includes financing, insurance, training and checkouts as well as ferry and container delivery services worldwide.

With an impressive website for all aviation enthusiasts, Courtesy Aircraft also recently extended their aircraft profiles page with over 20 additional aircraft specifications. For further information on Courtesy Aircraft Sales or to view a complete inventory of warbird and civilian aircraft, visit www.courtesyaircraft.com.

For more information, contact:

Mark Clark                                  (800) 426-8783

President                                      (815) 229-5112

Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 sales@courtesyaircraft.com

5233 Falcon Road

Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Darcy Kaapke                              (800) 426-8783

Marketing Director                       (815) 229-5112

Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 darcy@courtesyaircraft.com

Wings of History: A TF-51 Mustang Finds a New Home

After a devastating hurricane, a new addition to a museum’saircraft collection is made.

Rockford, IL – Courtesy Aircraft Sales today announced a very special transaction with the Lone Star Flight Museum.  In 2008, the Lone Star Flight Museum located in Galveston, Texas, sustained massive damage due to Hurricane Ike.  Extreme efforts were made to save the aircraft from harms way.  The aircraft unable to fly out in time received major damage and many of the museum’s exhibits were destroyed.

After months of cleaning debris, with the help of local businesses, the United States Navy and kind donations, significant progress has been made in restoring the museum back to its original condition.  The museum re-opened for business in the beginning of 2009.

Because of the extensive damage to Lone Star’s aircraft collection, Courtesy Aircraft Sales was asked to help President Larry Gregory, find new warbirds to replace those that were lost.  At the end of 2009, NL415ID, a TF-51 Mustang, found a new home in Galveston, Texas.  North American Mustangs are universally known as one of the best aircraft fighters; They significantly helped change the course of WWII because of their excellent performance and long-range capabilities. This specific Mustang is a “TF” version, which are much more rare than the common P-51D Mustang.

The Mustang is scheduled to be used in their Flight Experience Program.  This program allows enthusiasts to experience first hand the thrill of WWII aircraft in flight.  Aircraft  in the Flight Experience Program include a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Mitchell, a T-6 Texan, a PT-17 Stearman and now, the museum’s new TF-51 Mustang.

Courtesy Aircraft Sales participation with the Lone Star Flight Museum and Robert Waltrip, Founder of Lone Star Museum, goes back many years.  Courtesy Aircraft assisted Mr. Waltrip and the museum with a number of transactions including a Harvard MK IV, a Douglas A-20G, a Grumman FM-2, a Grumman F7F-3 and a Lockheed P-38L (Pictured Above).

About Courtesy Aircraft Sales
Courtesy Aircraft was founded in 1957 as a new Cessna aircraft dealership. As years past and business continued to prosper, a new market began to emerge including ex-military trainers, fighters and bombers also known as warbirds.

With the help of President Mark Clark’s strong aviation background and years of sales experience, Courtesy Aircraft has sold over 3,000 aircraft all around the world.  Courtesy Aircraft assists their customers with the aircraft ownership process from start to finish. This includes financing, insurance, training and checkouts as well as ferry and container delivery services worldwide.

With an impressive website for all aviation enthusiasts, with an average of 2,500 sessions  and 97,000 hits per day, www.courtesyaircraft.com has become one of the most popular aviation websites in the world. For further information on Courtesy Aircraft Sales or to view a complete inventory of warbird and civilian aircraft, visit our wesbite today!

For more information, contact:

Mark Clark                                  (800) 426-8783
President                                    (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 sales@courtesyaircraft.com

5233 Falcon Road
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Darcy Kaapke                             (800) 426-8783
Marketing Director                       (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 darcy@courtesyaircraft.com

Courtesy Aircraft Sales Participating in The Last Time…Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the DC-3

Largest DC-3/ C-47 Formation Flight in the World

Monday, July 26, 2010

This summer, over 40 DC-3/ C-47 aircraft will participate in the last largest formation flight in the world at this year’s EAA AirVenture located at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  This historic day has been named The Last Time. People from all around the world will have an opportunity to see this large assembly of aircraft together for the last time.  Courtesy Aircraft Sales is proud to announce that we will be participating in this historic flight with our DC-3, N1944H “Spirit of Alaska”.

Our goal is to educate people on this important aircraft, once quoted by Franklin D. Roosevelt as “The aircraft that changed the world.”  We are searching for people who have flown or worked on our aircraft.

The “Spirit of Alaska” has not always been called by that name. Throughout her long life, this DC-3 has performed many different duties and served many people. Originally owned by the United States Army, the DC-3 started its life in 1945 as 45-1108, a C-47B. The next year, it was delivered to the United States Air Force. In March of 1946, it was put in the care of the RFC, Reconstruction Finance Corporation. This corporation was formed to dispose of government surplus materials. With only 35.5 hours, it was flown to Mineola, NY where all military equipment was removed and then repainted in civilian colors. This was the end of her military career. It was immediately sold to a gentleman who wanted to start an airline, but unfortunately, it never took off.

In early 1946, Jack Losse, the Chief Pilot for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) found the DC-3. He jumped at the opportunity to buy this military aircraft. After it was purchased, he had it converted to a company DC-3 by Aero Trades, Inc. located in Long Island. The DC-3 entered into civilian registration as NC54542 and became the corporate aircraft for CBS.

CBS sold the aircraft in 1948 with only 550 hours. The DC-3 was re-registered as N280M and flew for Outboard and Marine Manufacturing Company (OMC) of Milwaukee, WI from December of 1966 to March 1977.  In 1977, OMC donated the DC-3 to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) of Franklin, WI. During this time, it was re-registered again as N54542. The DC-3 flew Headquarters personnel, EAA merchandise and later gave scenic rides in Oshkosh, WI.  EAA later sold her to Mike Suzuki of California Air Tours in Burbank, CA. During this time, this aircraft carried thousands of tourists on trips to the Grand Canyon from Burbank, CA piloted by Walter Brubaker and copilot Captain Dan Ried.  This operation ran from 1989 to 1991.

In April of 1995, a Part 121 Airline, Era Classic Airlines purchased the aircraft and renamed her “Spirit of Alaska.”  With approximately 16,500 hours she began to fly sightseeing tours in South-central Alaska. “Spirit of Alaska’s” hostesses were outfitted in 1940’s attire all the way down to seamed stockings and white gloves. Big Band and swing music played while champagne was served.  Even 1940’s news headlines were read over the PA system. After many Alaskan adventures, in 2003 “Spirit of Alaska” was sold and currently resides in Rockford, IL. Currently, the “Spirit of Alaska” has approximately 17,700 hours, and continues to be regularly flown.

Any pictures? Relics? Stories?  If you know anyone or you can help us on our quest and has additional information on our aircraft, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.
Ownership and past N #s of N1944H includes:
United States Air Force (45-1108)
Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Columbia Broadcasting System (NC54542)
Outboard and Marine Manufacturing Company (N280M) Experimental Aircraft Association (N54542)
California Air Tours and
Era Classic Airlines (N1944H)

A little history on THE DC-3
The Grand Old Lady of Aviation

During the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt was serving his first term as President of the United States, corporate officials of the Douglas Corporation in Long Beach, California were diligently working on an airplane that would years later be hailed as “the airplane that changed the world.”  Time has proven how truly successful that effort was with the production of the immortal DC-3. In the U.S., 10,926 DC-3’s were built by Douglas over 2,000 of which are still flying strong today.  American Airlines was the first commercial operator to utilize the DC-3, in 1936. Soon Pan Am and other airlines were pioneering routes in the U.S. as well as Canada and Alaska using this sturdy workhorse, which can land safely on beaches and unimproved strips as well as modern airports.  The DC-3, also known as the C-47 went to war in 1941 serving all allied nations. Many seemingly impossible missions were accomplished with the flexible DC-3. The venerable Grand Old Lady was the first airplane to land at the North Pole and the first to land at the South Pole. Once a member of the 8th Air Force, this Grand Old Lady more than likely took part in D-Day operations with a Troop Carrier Squadron in WWII. Whether saving Guadalcanal during the bleakest days of the war or carrying troops for history’s greatest invasions, the DC-3/C-47 has been an important link to freedom.

An impressive tribute to this airplane was made when Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The three things that helped win World War II were the jeep, the bazooka, and the DC-3.”

Contact information:

Mark Clark                                  (800) 426-8783
President                                      (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 sales@courtesyaircraft.com
5233 Falcon Road                        www.courtesyaircraft.com
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Darcy Kaapke                              (800) 426-8783
Marketing Director                       (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 darcy@courtesyaircraft.com
5233 Falcon Road                        www.courtesyaircraft.com
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Courtesy Aircraft Needs Your Help Solving a Mystery about an Aviation Legend

In 1932, the famous aviator Howard Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company as a division of the Hughes Tool Company. Hughes Aircraft thrived on wartime contracts during WWII and by the early 50’s, it was one of America’s leading defense contractors and aerospace companies. During these busy times, a C-47 was purchased by the company. This aircraft is now being sold by Courtesy Aircraft Sales.

As you can see, the registration was signed by Howard Hughes’ right hand man, Mr. Glenn Oderkirk. Glenn Oderkirk, also known as “Ode” contributed his work to the legendary H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose) as well as helping design the fastest land plane in the world during the time, the Hughes H-1.

Could this C-47 aircraft have been flown by the legendary Howard Hughes?  Courtesy Aircraft Sales is brokering N88786 (now registered as N293WM) and is in search of additional history on this aircraft so the next owner will have a more detailed understanding. To fly in the same cockpit as Mr. Hughes would be a great honor for any pilot!

One way or another, this aircraft has a famous past:  A true historic “gem” that we need to preserve.

Help Us Solve The Mystery!

Any pictures? Stories?  If you know anyone that has additional information on this C-47 or if you can help us with our quest, please contact our office.

History of the Douglas DC-3/ C-47

During the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt was serving his first term as President of the United States, corporate officials of the Douglas Corporation in Long Beach, California were diligently working on an airplane that would years later be hailed as “the airplane that changed the world.”

Time has proven how truly successful that effort was with the production of the immortal DC-3. In the U.S., 10,926 DC-3’s were built by Douglas over 2,000 of which are still flying strong today.

American Airlines was the first commercial operator to utilize the DC-3, in 1936. Soon, Pan Am and other airlines were pioneering routes in the U.S. as well as Canada and Alaska using this sturdy workhorse, which can land safely on beaches and unimproved strips as well as modern airports.

The DC-3, also known as the C-47 went to war in 1941 serving all allied nations. Many seemingly impossible missions were accomplished with the flexible DC-3. The venerable Grand Old Lady was the first airplane to land at the North Pole and the first to land at the South Pole.

Once a member of the 8th Air Force, this Grand Old Lady more than likely took part in D-Day operations with a Troop Carrier Squadron in WWII. Whether saving Guadalcanal during the bleakest days of the war or carrying troops for history’s greatest invasions, the DC-3/C-47 has been an important link to freedom.

An impressive tribute to this airplane was made when Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The three things that helped win World War II were the jeep, the bazooka, and the DC-3.”

Contact information:

Mark Clark                                  (800) 426-8783
President                                      (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 sales@courtesyaircraft.com
5233 Falcon Road                        www.courtesyaircraft.com
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Darcy Kaapke                              (800) 426-8783
Marketing Director                       (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales                 darcy@courtesyaircraft.com
5233 Falcon Road                        www.courtesyaircraft.com
Rockford, IL 61109 USA

Curious Pilots Attend First Ever North American T-28 Trojan Intro Day Held at Courtesy Aircraft

When was the last time you were offered a ground school lesson and a complementary flight in a Warbird?

As many Warbird Owners know, there are not many opportunities before you purchase a Warbird to have a ground school lesson and fly such rare aircraft.  Courtesy Aircraft Sales teamed up with Heritage Aero and members of the Trojan Horseman to coordinate an Introduction Day that would include an overview of a post-WWII aircraft trainer with excellent flight characteristics: The North American T-28.

The goal was to give people a taste of what it is like to fly and own a T-28. Needless to say, many people were ecstatic to have been given the opportunity!

On May 6, 2011 Courtesy Aircraft had a full house of curious and excited attendees. The day started with introductions and what a great group of attendees we had! This array of people included General Aviation Pilots, an F-16 pilot and actual T-28 Instructors from the 1950s. There was even a pair of gentleman that instructed the T-28 together over 40 years ago and found each other in the same room!

After we finished our introductions, we jumped right into a ground school lesson followed by testimonials of flying the T-28 and Formation Flying. The group then went out to the hanger for a lesson on the T-28 Pre-Flight Inspection followed by a break for lunch.

After a few laughs, the attendees broke into three groups and the flights began in the T-28. All three 1,425 horse power engines roared and each one of the attendees began their complementary flight. After a few hours of flying, everyone had smiling faces and complete satisfaction with their flight. Attendee Steven Spector later commented, “I would like to thank you for having the T-28 Intro Day. It was an informative and fun day. Before attending the Intro Day, the T-28 appeared to me to be too big of a step-up from flying General Aviation planes and a Stearman. However, after attending the class and actually flying the T-28, I felt it was a plane that the typical 1,500 hour, General Aviation Pilot can own and safely operate.”

A successful day of ground school and Warbird flying was completed. Mark Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft stated, “It was a pleasure to give people an opportunity to learn about and fly these pieces of history. It is important that the Warbird community passes down their knowledge to others on their aircraft, and to keep up people’s enthusiasm with these vintage aircraft. That way we can continue to see them fly for many years to come.”

For more information, contact:

Mark Clark, President
sales@courtesyaircraft.com

Darcy Kaapke, Marketing Director & Sales
darcy@courtesyaircraft.com

Courtesy Aircraft Sales
5233 Falcon Road
Rockford, IL 61109 USA
(815) 229-5112
(800) 426-8783

 

 

A Unique Piece of Aviation History Now Available On The Market! 1954 AEROCAR ONE

Courtesy Aircraft has been appointed exclusive sales agent for the rare Fully Standard Certified 1954 AEROCAR. This AEROCAR features folding wings that can be towed behind the automobile while in transit on the road. It also features automobile necessities including a horn and rear view mirror. This is one of five original AEROCARS that exist today.

Interesting Facts:

Cruise speed is 100 mph.

Takeoff speed is 55 mph

It only takes approximately 10 minutes to convert the automobile to an airplane.

Click Here to View the AEROCAR Featured in History Channel’ s Modern Marvels

Click Here to View the AEROCAR Featured in Good Morning America in 1988

Click Here to View the AEROCAR Featured in Aerocar Flying Car Invention Newsreel and Stock Footage

AIRCRAFT SPECIFICATIONS:Engine: Lycoming 0-320, 4 cylinder rated at 150 H.P.

Length Overall (as an airplane): 21 feet

Height Overall (as an airplane): 7 feet 2 inches

Length of Car Portion: 10 feet 4 inches

Length of Trailer Portion: 13 feet

Width of Trailer: 8 feet

Wingspan: 30 feet

Wing Cord: 6 feet 3 inches

Wing Area: 168 square feet

Seat car Width: 44 inches

Gross Weight: 2,100 pounds

Empty Weight: 1,300 pounds

Useful Load: 800 pounds

Payload with 24 gallons of fuel: 656 pounds

Fuel Capacity: 24 Gallons

Oil Capacity: 7 quarts

Service Ceiling: 12,000 feet

Cruising Range: 300 miles

 

AIRSPEEDS:

Maximum Speed: 110 mph

Cruise Speed: 100 mph

Approach Speed: 55 mph

To learn more, contact:

Mark Clark                                  (800) 426-8783

President and Sales                       (815) 229-5112

sales@courtesyaircraft.com

Darcy Kaapke

Marketing Director and Sales

darcy@courtesyaircraft.com

Courtesy Aircraft Sales

5233 Falcon Road

Rockford, IL 61109 USA

www.courtesyaircraft.com

Courtesy Aircraft Sales, established in 1957,  has earned the recognition as The World Leader in Warbird Sales. Courtesy has sold thousands of Warbirds including the Boeing B-17 Fuddy Duddy, Lockheed P-38L Putt Putt Maru, Goodyear FG-1D Corsair Marines Dream as well as dozens North American P-51 Mustangs.

Courtesy Aircraft is Honored to Help Keep Our Nation’s Aviation Treasures Flying and Preserve Our Great History

REPUBLIC P-47 THUNDERBOLT
The P-47 aircraft is the largest and heaviest fighter of WWII at nearly twice the weight of all other single engine Fighters. It was nicknamed the “Jug” and destroyed over 7,000 enemy aircraft during the war. 15,683 aircraft were built and today, only a few remain in flying condition.

Available: N147PF, Republic P-47D was built in Evansville, Indiana in 1945.  Nicknamed “No Guts No Glory,” the aircraft has only 150 Hours Since Major Overhaul and equipped with a  Garmin 430 GPS. For more details, click here.

GRUMMAN FM-2 WILDCAT
The FM-2 Aircraft was the only Navy Fighter to serve throughout the entirety of WWII: From the attack on Pearl Harbor until VJ Day. This is also the only Navy fighter in production throughout the entire war with a total of 7,898 built and only a handful remain in flying condition today.  This aircraft’s design had great advantages to most Japanese Fighter aircraft.

Available: N86572, Grumman “Eastern” FM-2 Wildcat had an outstanding 2002 restoration 188 hours ago. This complete restoration included new wiring, new control cables, new ceconite fabric, new hardware and new Redline brakes.For more details, click here.

CURTISS WRIGHT P-40 WARHAWK

A rugged and dependable Fighter during WWII, this aircraft gained its fame through a group called the “Flying Tigers.”  This American volunteer group consisted of three P-40 squadrons. Their mission was to protect supply lines and airfields in China. They shot down 286 Japanese aircraft and only sustained a total loss of 8 aircraft of their own.  A total of 13,783 were built and only a few remain in flying condition.

Available: N4436J, Curtiss Wright P-40K had a ground-up restoration 205 hours ago by Pioneer Aero Restorations Ltd.  The aircraft is equipped with a Garmin 250XL Comm/GPS, Garmin GTX-320 Transponder and Encoder.  For more details, click here.

RARE Early Airliners,Type Certificate & Drawings Available to the General Public!

Courtesy Aircraft Sales of Rockford, IL is proud to be offering the following package:

Convair 880, msn 35 Complete Aircraft without Engines

Convair 990, msn 2 with Engines

Convair 880, msn 23 Forward Fuselage/Cockpit with Panel and Parts

Convair 880, msn 03 Cockpit (Currently on Loan with Museum)

Type Certificate/ OEM for the Two Models to include all the Data Sheets and All Supporting Documents for the Type

History:
The Convair 880 and 990 were aircraft that were built by the Convair division of General Dynamics Corporation in the mid-1950s to compete against the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8. Two versions of the aircraft were developed and put into service, the Convair 880 version and the larger stretched version, the Convair 990 (Models 30.30A). Convair 880 (Models 22/22M)

Announced in April, 1956, the Convair 880 was a four-engine transport aircraft for medium-range routes.

Miscellaneous:
Package is offered without manufacturing rights.  Manufacturing rights can be discussed.
The Buyer will have 90 days to move the TC’s and Aircraft after purchase.

Price: $3,950,000

For Additional information on these aircraft, please click here and contact Mark Clark at 1-800-4COURTESY or email mark@courtesyaircraft.com.  Aircraft are located in Mojave Airport, California. 

Working on a newly purchased A-4B Skyhawk to Airworthy Condition

Warbird Heritage Foundation

Working on a newly purchased A-4B Skyhawk to Airworthy Condition

Click here to view the Warbird Heritage Foundation’s thread. They will be sharing progress on this project and welcomes questions or any information to help

The Warbird Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation created for the purpose of acquiring, restoring, displaying, and demonstrating various antique aircraft of historic military significance. The Foundation’s focus is on preserving it’s aircraft in flying condition, demonstrating these aircraft at air shows and other special events, and promoting public interest in historic military aircraft.

Congratulations to Jan van der Flier and his new North American TF P-51 Mustang!

From Courtesy Aircraft’s Hanger to the Netherlands

“Hello Mark, Sorry for my late reaction but I did spend four days in the Mustang. I am very happy she has arrived and we worked hard to assemble her. She is in marvelous condition and built with enormous craftsmanship. We all are impressed about the rebuilding job that has been done. We had to trust you about the aircraft and it was worth it, we only had some internet photo’s to decide the sale. We got a wonderful restored Mustang from you. Thanks Mark.”

-Jan van der Flier, Owner

“Scat VII is now operational. Last Friday I did two test flights. They went very smooth. Saturday I few with Jan for the first time. We went on a 2 hour navigation flight and ferried Scat VII to Antwerp in Belgium. Jan was very impressed by the performance of the Mustang. He is very happy to have flown his new aircraft! Attached are some pictures of the assembly and engine run.”

– Marcel Peerlkamp, pilot

Testimonial from Jens

Mark, Just a brief update. I just flew my 50th hour in the Bearcat last night. The plane is doing well. Attached are some pictures. The plane is an amazing performer and the Mustang folks do not enjoy taking off with me. Give your staff my regards and tell them that she is in good hands and flown 2-3 times per week.

Best regards, Jens

NATA T-28 Formation Clinic

Sponsored by Courtesy Aircraft

Hi Mark, Just a quick note to say “Thank-you” again for your help in sponsoring the NATA T-28 Formation Clinic in Conord, NC. The weather was wonderful, everyone flew a lot and had a great time! Thanks again for your help!

-Anggie Mitchard

Rare B-17 Flying Fortress!

At Courtesy Aircraft’s home airport in Rockford, IL, we had the privilege to have EAA’s “Aluminum Overcast” visit on it’s tour around the United States.

Check out our photos of the Flight in the Fortress! It was a flight to remember!!

Did you know?

– The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other United States aircraft during WWII

– 12,726 B-17 Aircraft were built and only 15 remain airworthy today

– EAA’s “Aluminum Overcast” was purchased in the mid-40s as surplus for only $750!

Click here to view “Aluminum Overcast’s” Tour Schedule and Pricing

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Douglas DC-3

Courtesy Aircraft had the opportunity to participate and several activities celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the DC-3. Our very own N1944H “Spirit of Alaska” flew to Whiteside Airport in Sterling, IL for the gathering of over 32 DC-3s and C-47s. We couldn’t ask for better weather or a greater turn out!

The following day, it was off to AirVenture in Oshkosh! N1944H participated in the formation flight over the airport on opening day!

Then, a DC-3 Party at Basler Turbo Conversions with all participating DC-3 Crews! Food, drinks and their impressive facilities were open for viewing. We all had a great time- Thank you for your hospitality Basler!

On Thursday, our DC-3 was able to participate in the AirVenture Airshow!

Photos by Darcy Kaapke, Mike Carlson and Jim Rezich.

Help bring Embry Riddle to RFD!

The Rockford region has an excellent opportunity to land the world’s leading aerospace and aviation university.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is searching for the site of its third residential campus, and a prime spot at Chicago Rockford International Airport is the perfect place (Courtesy Aircraft Sales Home Airport). A campus would help our regional aerospace industry soar, bringing more jobs, money and people to this area.

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Family History Honored on Customer’s New Warbird

“If you noticed the names below the forward canopy widow, they are my Uncle, Al Kinder, my Dad’s younger Brother, who flew B-17’s during WWII over Europe after his pilot training was finished and my Dad who was an instructor during the war.

My Dad, eventually went on to fly for Eastern Airlines during the war. Both lived into their 80’s. I felt an emotional obligation to put their names on my aircraft to honor them as aviators and to honor their lives. Both were strong influences on my and my brother’s lives and aviation careers.”

Congratulations Lou! N3753G Looks Great!

Congratulations to Addison- New Owner of a Grumman Goose Project!


“The Goose transaction went very smooth with your help and expertise. The airplane was everything we had hoped for in terms of a structurally sound Grumman G21A Goose project for me and my family. I was very pleased with the negotiation process and the fairness on the part of the Palm Springs Air Museum and yourself. Your reputation as a straight shooter rings true. Now we get busy and start to breath new life into this treasure over the next few years.” – Addison Pemberton

T-33 Returns to the Sky’s of Norway!

Courtesy Aircraft Sells Aircraft Worldwide:

T-33 Returns to the Sky’s of Norway!

See Photos to view this remarkable Trans-Atlantic trip!

A special thank you to our partners- Heritage Aero, Avionics Place and International Jets for making this possible.


Start: Rockford, IL USA- Quebec City, Canada – Goosebay, Newfoundland- Narsarsuac, Greenland – Kevlavik, Iceland – End: Norway

EAA’s Squadron 4 Veteran’s Day Forum Held at Courtesy Aircraft’s Hanger

Guest Speaker- George Kaiser was a radar navigator on a B-17 in the 8th air force, 452th bomb group, 729t​h squadron. On his 26th mission, his squadron was attacked by ME 109’s, 190’s, and 262’s. The 109’s rammed 2 of the B-17’s as they were out of ammo. He gave his presentation to us at the Veterans’ Forum and it was a treat!

We hope to see you again next year!

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FM-2 WILDCAT pulled this morning from Waukegan Harbor

Today on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we had an opportunity to witness a Wildcat being pulled from the cold waters of Lake Michigan.

U.S. Navy to recover a historic World War II aircraft from Lake Michigan

WAUKEGAN – A World War II Fighter that has been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline for more than 65 years will be brought to the surface this week.

The National Naval Aviation Museum with the Naval History and Heritage Command initiated the undertaking.  The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is sponsoring the location, recovery, restoration, and eventual display of a World War II Eastern Aircraft FM-2 Wildcat Fighter from the depths of Lake Michigan.  The Foundation will complete the recovery portion of the effort this week using a crew from A and T Recovery.  This recovery has been made possible through a generous donation from Mr. Charles Greenhill, of Mettawa, Illinois.

This effort will lead to another important World War II aircraft being presented to the American public that shows the significant history of the Greatest Generation, whose courage and dedication to our country preserved America’s and the world’s freedom, stated Capt. Ed Ellis, JAGC, USN (Ret.), Vice President of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.  The Naval Aviation Museum will work for display of the Wildcat in the Chicago area in a venue, such as, the Glenview Hangar One Museum.

On December 28, 1944 the weather forecast for Chicago read, Fair and continued rather cold today.  At 1151 hours FM-2 Wildcat Bureau Number 57039 crashed into Lake Michigan in about 200 feet of water.  Her pilot at the time was Ensign William E. Forbes.  Ensign Forbes was in the process of making his third take-off of his aircraft carrier qualification off the USS Sable.  Apparently the engine checked out O.K.   However, on the take-off roll the engine began to pop and then quit completely.  57039 rolled off the bow of the ship and sank.  The accident was determined to be 100% material (engine failure).

This airplane crashed in Lake Michigan during aircraft carrier qualification training, which was conducted on Lake Michigan during the early to mid-1940s.  More than 17,000 pilots completed the training including LTJG George H. Bush, later to become U.S. President.  The aircraft carriers used for training docked at Navy Pier in Chicago and the airplanes and pilots flew from Glenview Naval Air Station at Glenview, Illinois.

A and T Recovery, in conjunction with the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, the National Naval Aviation Museum, and the Naval History and Heritage Command, has been responsible for the rescue of approximately forty World War II aircraft from the depths of Lake Michigan.  These aircraft are now on display in museums and airports around the United States, including Hawaii.  Two notable examples are currently on display in Chicago, a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat Fighter on display at O’Hare International Airport and a Douglas SDB Dauntless Dive-bomber at Midway Airport.

MEDIA ADVISORY:  The salvaged aircraft will be removed from the water at approximately 10 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 at Larsen Marine at Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, Illinois.  News media coverage of this portion of the operation is welcomed, and media should call Taras Lyssenko at (305) 794-4457, TarasAtSea@AOL.com, for updates.  Larsen Marine is located 625 E. Sea Horse Drive at the northern end of Waukegan Harbor, and may be contacted at (847) 336-5456.

Additional contacts:
Capt. Robert Rasmussen, USN (Ret.), Director, National Naval Aviation Museum
(850) 452-3604 ext. 3119.
Capt. Henry Hendrix, USN, Director, Naval History and Heritage Command, 202-433-2210
Christine Smith, daughter of Ensign William Forbes  425-345-0608