Dear American friends,
Some news about N80FS, now registered F-AYSB in France.
She is a lovely bird, I have no words to say how she is amazing….clean, straight, easy, incredible low speed characteristic, fast, powerfull and fore sure so nice.
The French and EU Afficionados are very very happy to see her flying. The French Air Force had been very nice with me, they lend me their airspaces to make the FCF and lend also the Patrouille de France low altitude practice aera to train for my display. End of May I did my first airshow at Orange AFB and I have leaded the French Patrouille de France for two passes just before doing my first solo display…..what an amazing welcome by the French Armée de l’Air for an iconic US AIR FORCE aeroplane. I have flown 4 airshows and I am in love with this beautiful old lady.
I have never flown such an amazing aeroplane, the MK6 seems to be the Pinacle. I try not to fly more than 300 kts during aeros to stay in a small box….which is not easy ! For the first time…I have to train my self to reduce power during a display …just an amazing thoroughbred !
I would need more and more training to make a nice display but I already have very good fun.
One more time thank you very much for all your advises, for your help, maintenance and training.
I wish all of you a very nice and safe airshow season
All the best
Fred Akary from France
It was another successful year at Oshkosh! We feel this year’s attendance and overall activity was one of the best! There were over 400 Warbirds that flew in for the event! A special thank you to all of those who stopped out to the Courtesy Aircraft motorhome- You made our week great! We had 5 of our aircraft available for viewing during the show and met several new prospects ready to keep ’em flying. The “Warbirds 20 Under 40” Award Ceremony was also held on Saturday evening, with 12 of the winners able to attend! Thank you again and hope to see you again next year!
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/
My plane well arrived in Belgium, here is a picture of the mechanic Frederic and me. The fuselage is near my office for the winter and the re-assembly will be done in March. Thanks for your help in that sale. Best regards, Patrick”
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Newly Purchased Grumman TBM Avenger is on it way to Hawaii! This is Courtesy Aircraft’s 2nd Aircraft Sold to the Museum.
In time for Pearl Harbor’s 76th anniversary, museum adds WWII fighter plane to collection – by Jay Jones
Piper Cub Sold by Courtesy Aircraft
Arrives in it’s new home in Alaska!
“Hi Mark-The trip was a blast having 2 cubs pretty much as a flight of two all the way.Thanks again for everything! See Ya, and thanks again! You guys are amazing!” John W.
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NORTH AMERICAN P-51D MUSTANG
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How to Buy a Warbird
Tips on finding and owning the military airplane of your dreams.
By Rob Mark featuring interviews by Courtesy’s President, Mark Clark and Several Past Clients Over the Years.
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Courtesy’s Customer Fred Akary Receives His F-86 MK6 Rating
As you know January 2020 is fast approaching and that will mean everyone must be equipped with ADS-B Out technology to continue flying in controlled airspace. With that said, I wanted to pass on the below information from FAA regarding the restarting of a rebate program for equipping GA aircraft. Eligible aircraft can receive $500 toward equipping with the necessary technology. Again, please see the below information for more details about the program and as always let me know if you have any questions.
Just wanted to give you a heads up that the FAA announced the restart of the General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program for the remaining unused rebates from phase 1 of the program. The original rebate program in 2016 – 2017 offered up to 20,000 rebates to eligible general aviation aircraft owners for installing appropriate ADS-B Out avionics. The original program issued 10,208 rebates, therefore the FAA will be re-opening the program to offer the remaining 9,792 rebates to ensure that general aviation aircraft owners have every opportunity to equip and meet the ADS-B Out mandate of January 1, 2020.
Phase 2 of the rebate program will run from October 12, 2018 through October 11, 2019 or until the 9,792 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The program will follow the same rules as before, $500 to eligible aircraft owners who have not yet equipped with ADS-B Out. Eligible aircraft for the program are U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft first registered before January 1, 2016.
As before, there are five steps aircraft owners must follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate:
1. Purchase the equipment and schedule installation
2. Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online
3. Install the equipment
4. Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code
5. Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code
Courtesy Aircraft Sales recently sold two extremely unique and rare aircraft; A Ford Tri-motor 4-AT-4 and Fairchild FC-2-W2
Both Aircraft will continue to fly and remain to be a part of our great aviation history. The Fairchild was NASA’s First Airplane and is currently the Only One In the World. The Ford Tri-Motor is the Oldest Flying Metal Aircraft today and was Flown by Aviation’s Greatest, by Lindberg and Earhart. The sale of this Tri-Motor marks the Second Sale of a Ford Tri-Motor by Courtesy Aircraft, the first one, N9645. There are only 6 or 7 remaining Tri-Motors in the World.
We were happy to assist both parties in the historic transaction.
Darrel shown in photo at left with the AT-11. In-flight photo by Paul Bowen.
N370 WB Cessna T-37 “Tweety Bird” Sold by Courtesy Aircraft
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Pictured after his check-out in his new aircraft.
His smile says it all.
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.
Mark Clark interviewed by Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio
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
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
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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!
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!
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.
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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“Scat IV” sold by Courtesy and “Charlotte’s Chariot II” owned by Dan Fordice who is also a T-6 customer.
Soon to be performing aerobatics!
New Owner of a beautiful Piper Lance
“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!
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Lockheed L-18 Recently Sold by Courtesy Aircraft
Congratulations to the new owner!
Congratulations to Robert Randazzo- New DC-3 Owner!
Congratulations to Tom Hill- New T-6 Owner!
Congratulations to Dan Follett- New Piper Archer II Owner!
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“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
Current Warbird Market and the National Warbird Operators Conference
Courtesy Aircraft Featured in January 2012 General Aviation Issue! CLICK HERE TO VIEW
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
NEW T-6G OWNER!
N726KM SOLD AUGUST 2012
New Owner of N27775 North American SNJ-4
Congrats to Steve!
Guest Speaker- George Kaiser was a radar navigator on a B-17 in the 8th air force, 452th bomb group, 729th 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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Passed his T-28 Checkout and now Flying his New North American T-28C back Home!
Pictured, (Left) Kyle McQueen and (Right) Examiner Ed Finnegan
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.
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
“I am not one that go on about things but I just have to report back to you on the Cayuse OH-6A and the UH204 that I purchased through you. The machines is just stunning and didn’t miss a beat whilst we operate her intensively g the festive season at the coast. The little Cayuse was immensely popular beyond tourist and locals and was complimented by friend and foe! Thanks once again for offering and trading this machine to us! This is machine #2 bought through Courtesy Aircraft, and after the first deal on the UH204, I didn’t think I could be so satisfied again, but it proof to be wrong! Both machines is well treasured by us, and although old, they operate like new machines…and the compliments is theirs and that of Mike, who incubated them for us. All the best for you and your company for 2013 and may your company go from strength to strength…we need more of such authentic operator/outlets!! Attached find few pictures of operations of Cayuse and Huey!” -Rainier Arangies
Pritzker Military Library is producing a public TV special about the Lake Michigan carriers and the aircraft recovery operations.
This February issue also featured “A Midsummer Night’s Tale, Our Excellent Norwegian Adventure”