May 29, 2018

Vintage Lockheed Electra Junior Advertisement

My current research "dive" has been into my magazine collection. The hunt for rare aircraft featured in company advertisements. I love the art, the ad copy and the company logos. Can you imagine the conversations around the boardroom tables in the 1930s as the executives crafted their next company ad campaign? It must have been pretty exciting. The Lockheed ad above even features a comic style story! Fly along as the owner does business all over the country.

Watch this space and the Instagram page (user name dtlinn) for more of the art as I continue to scan these cool ads.

May 22, 2018

Matt's Luscombe 8A - N71556

N71556 on the grass in Gainesville, Texas

Luscombe N71556 is a 65hp 8A owned by Matt Hood of Argyle, Texas. Matt purchased the Luscombe in 2014 from his dad in Indiana and brought it to Texas. It is not what the owner would call a show plane but a flyer. It has had some interesting adventures in its life. The logs tell the tale of an off airport landing. The metal doesn’t shine of new aluminum but that suits Matt just fine. Winning awards wasn’t in the plans for this ship even though it won a “Most Original” award at the Blakesburg, Iowa antique fly-in!

Matt flies the airplane often and loves sharing flights with others. One day I caught Matt at the gas pumps at Northwest Regional airport as he prepared to launch on a tailwheel lesson for a daring young aviator. The mission for this little Luscombe is not to gather dust. It is to introduce the next generation of pilots to cool vintage airplanes.

Based at Northwest Regional it shares a hangar with a classy Cessna 170. When not flying Boeings for Southwest Airlines you will find Matt flying various airplane types over North Texas. Most likely sharing stories of flying airplanes from another time.

May 21, 2018

Legend Airways DC-3 N25641

I first remember seeing the Legend Airways DC-3 at Oshkosh many years back. I was able to peak inside and I took a full photo walk around. It was a beauty! On a recent cruise of the Aerometal International web site I found a listing of N25641 for sale. Hopefully she will find a new owner! See the listing below. 

Aerometal photo

LEGEND AIRWAYS” – S/N:9059 – 1943
A spectacular corporate aircraft. This aircraft has not flown in a little over 6 years. The current owner is “considering” selling her as is. She has been hangared and has not deteriorated significantly since the images (of her in flight) were taken in 2010. The following images of her in the hangar were taken in 2015.
This aircraft is another remarkable example. She under went a multi million dollar overhaul with Basler turbo Conversions in 2006. Her corporate cabin interior is nothing short of spectacular, a unique 14 seat configuration with lavatory and galley.
R-1830-94 power and an FAA approved Flight Manual supporting operation at 26,900lbs and 1350 HP at T/O.
The aircraft will need minor work before she can be moved under her own power and various elements of her equipment and finish are indeed dated now. In her day she was quite possibly the finest example of a corporate DC-3. In my opinion She is still one of (if not the) highest specification aircraft for the price and represents value for money – (if you are going to compare this opportunity to the cost of trying and recreate something similar again.)
Aerometal photo
Contact: Paul Bazeley – Aerometal International Inc. 661 717 6639

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