|B-25 Pacific Prowler|
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.
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.
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?
Links - Great Generation Aircraft - Flying Cowboys - Vintage Flying Museum