The Flying Heritage Collection's Grumman F6F Hellcat made its first flight following its recent restoration. Steve Hinton made the flight at FHC's base at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Watch the video below captured by Jason Fortenbacher. Thanks Jason for the video!
In California at the restoration shop called Aerocraftsman they are putting the finishing touches on a beautiful Travel Air. A Travel Air biplane they are calling Sky Siren. Check out this awesome art deco paint scheme on this ship!
Collecting, it is what we do when we gather things of meaning and
importance to us. Some like to gather memorabilia to bring back memories
from times gone by. In this day and age we see numerous TV shows
filling the cable channels that highlight people hunting, searching and
digging for collectibles all over the country. Cars, airplanes, toys,
antiques and all manner of items! Maybe to add that specific item to
their personal collection, turn it into a decorator piece, show off in
their "man cave" or to sell for a profit to perpetuate the collecting
addiction! To feed my curiosity... ok... and my own addiction I found a
local auction to attend.
It was a cold morning inside the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at Meacham
Field in Fort Worth. Too cold for me to be out early on a Saturday
morning but I sure did want to see the aviation collectibles,
memorabilia, military gear and vintage aircraft parts that were to be
sold at the charity auction. The Greatest Generation Aircraft
collection was looking to attract bidders to raise funds to pour back
into their collection of vintage aircraft. Jim Terry and his crew
operate the B-25 "Pacific Prowler" and the C47 "Southern Cross." Also a part
of the collection, waiting in the back of the hangar, was the B-26K "Special K" receiving attention from the volunteer restoration crew.
The hangar opened early for bidders to preview the auction items. I
arrived about 8:30 am to look around. The museum hangar had several
areas set up to showcase the auction items. The heated side room was
most popular on this cold morning. Aircraft parts, flying helmets,
engines, military gear and artwork had collectors scribbling notes in
their auction catalogs. Aviation enthusiasts could hardly contain their
excitement at the prospects of owning these unique offerings and in
knowing that the funds would be used to maintain vintage aircraft.
About forty people gathered in the hangar before auction start time at
9:00 am, but it quickly swelled to seventy as the auctioneer started the
opening bids. A few bidders established themselves as serious buyers
and most items sold well.
Bartlett Hayward wooden propeller - $1700
Cowtown Cyclone tribute art cowling - $600
F-86 drop tank shark art - $2000
Beechcraft Bonanza wing section - $500
Remote control glider with 14ft. Wingspan - $225
T-28A Trojan - $7000
Customized KC 135 crew seat - $600
Wright Cyclone R-2600 - unsold as it did not meet reserve - this R2600-3 would have been installed on a Boeing Clipper or an A-20 Havoc.
B-25 cowling nose ring - $1300
B-17 cowling - $1500
The auction wrapped up at about noon. Hats off to the Greatest
Generation Aircraft and the Vintage Flying Museum for a smooth auction.
My personal aviation memorabilia collection includes autobiographical
books of famous aviators, vintage magazines, aircraft manuals and
aircraft models. (I do offer some items for sale on occasion using
eBay - Link to eBay items.)
What do you collect? What are some of your prized possessions?