"Mark: Thanks to you and your team for moving our T-6 in a timely and
professional manner. Iím sorry it needed all the attention you had to give
it, but glad it was in your capable hands." -
"Mark and Kathi,
Thank you for this good news, nice job. I have one more reason to be happy
to have worked with Courtesy for buying a Mustang. Thanks again, I
appreciate the way you work. With my best regards, Fred"
"My Thanks to Darcy and
Courtesy for helping make purchasing my second plane such a trouble free
very helpful in the purchasing process of my L-19 Bird Dog. I was very
pleased with the professional manner in which this transaction occurred." -
"Love the honesty and knowledge
base." -Addison Pemberton
"I probably bought the cheapest
plane Mark Sold in 2011, yet he treated me like I was buying a Corsair! The
transaction went flawlessly even though it was not in Mark's inventory. I
very much appreciate the efforts of your company." All the best, Scott G.
"Fantastic service from the
entire staff. As someone that is new in the aircraft and warbird ownership
arena, your attention to detail and ability to dissipate any apprehensions
with plain language answers and facts on ownership sealed the deal. I
strongly recommend Courtesy for any warbird requirements, sales, service or
administrative support. You guys are the best."
-John B Schonhorst Jr. & Cindy Schonhorst
"Darcy, Made it back to NJ after about 5 hours of flying. N95242 is a
wonderful plane and was a joy to fly this afternoon. I wanted to take a
moment to thank you and Courtesy for your professional handling
and attention to detail. It was a pleasure doing business with you.
Have a wonderful holiday season!"
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
Scat VII is now operational. Last Friday I
did two test flights. They went very smooth. Saturday I flew 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 finally have flown his new aircraft!
Thanks for all your
support; it would never have been possible to buy a Mustang of this quality, without
inspecting it ourselves first, if Courtesy wasn't the broker. Well done to you and
Mark, I wish you and your
team a Merry Christmas and a happy 2010!
I write this letter to personally thank you for your kind
donation to help bring the Hawker Sea Fury "Sawbones" to Reno and back this
year. Without your support this type of racing activity would virtually be impossible. The
airplane arrived in Reno safely and cam back with very little problem. We did have a few
coils that had to be replaced and some ignition parts on the way back from Reno but
otherwise we got back safe and sound.....Thanks again for your tremendous support of this
Robin C. Crandall, M.D.
"I have been an active viewer of this website since my first flight
in a CJ6A Nanchang back in 1998, and my hopes of one day becoming a Warbird owner/operator
had begun. It got me addicted to flying, and
to Courtesy's Website! 10 Years later, I am
currently flying Learjets. Throughout my last
few days of high school, and throughout
college, Courtesy Aircraft was always a site that I could get my warbird fix. It's amazing to see all the different aircraft come
and go - and even watch the same ones pop up more than once! I remember about 10 years ago
when I was just finishing up high school in the Bay Area, and Ray Diekman was at the Santa
Rosa Air Show with Marines Dream. David
Etchell, a friend of Ray's, was the man who took me on my first flight the year prior in
the Nanchang. At the time, I didn't know
anything about Ray's amazing Corsair. I
remember he was not flying it in the airshow that day because he was feeling sick with a
head cold, but he offered me to climb up inside... it was just freshly restored and what
an amazing treat that was. I remember asking
him how fast he had gone so far. He replied
with "Around 350mph." Years later I see it for sale on Courtesy. It brings back such great memories and only now,
years later, I realize how special that was. Such
a small community the warbird family is, and one day hope to be an owner and part of. One thing's for sure, when the day comes along
where I can start off with a T-6 or T-28, Mark Clark and the people at Courtesy Aircraft
will be the folks I seek.
Thanks for a great website and for
keeping the memories and dreams alive for a lot of people... and I look forward to the
I bought '57 BE35H from you two years ago. Great airplane. Hangered since I got it.
Virtually unchanged, good compression, using 0 oil, no metal. Looking to trade up to
faster BE35 or light twin (Baron, PA-30, Aztec)...Contacting you because 1) You know my
airplane, and 2) You delivered exactly what you said you would." -Ray
(Photo: Gail Concannon saying "Let's buy it!")
I really appreciate the hospitality from Courtesy Aircraft and Heritage Aero this last few
days when I picked up my T-28. I cannot thank you all enough. Mark Pasqualino is an
absolutely terrific flight instructor and with a little more help from him I am sure the
check ride will go smoothly.
After a late start yesterday, we made it to McComb after dark without incident. Plane ran
and performed well and was realitively oil free this a.m. Went out at 8:00 a.m. this
morning to put the plane in the hangar and there was a crowd of about 30 people slobbering
all over the plane. (our airport doesn't see 30 people in a week!)
|Good Morning Mark,
I just want to thank you for the smooth transition on the purchase
of my first twin Baron E55. I love the aircraft and I am having a good time flying it.
Your staff was very friendly and I can't wait until the next purchase of my first warbird.
Have a great year I will update you when I fly my E55 to the destination that I want.
"After 70 years of flying 160 different civil and military airplanes and being
recognized (at age 83) as being the 'oldest active airshow performer in the USA'. I busted
my FAA medical and got grounded - sold my Pitts S1C on 8 Jan 09 and have almost stopped
whining. I thank you for the E-News. Along with my civilian experience, I flew as a USMC
aviator, the N2S, SNJs, FM-2, F6F-5, F8F-1,-2, F4U-4, -5, TBM-3, TO-1, F2H-2, F9F-2,-5
amongst many others and loved them all. So now, in my non-flying years, I find solace by
getting a warbird fix with your E-News and looking over your the inventory on your website
- which has really helped me reconcile my situation! I wish the Courtesy Aircraft crew a
happy, healthy and prosperous 2009 and my hopes that you'll always have a Grumman Bearcat
(my all-time favorite - the Pitts Special of the prop fighters!) in inventory for me to
- Bud Walker ATP-756232
|Mark and Staff,
Many thanks. Your service was great and when the need arises I shall
|Mark, You might like to
know that I have had a very good year with the '66 V-35. I flew 60 hours last year and it
has proven to be exactly as you represented it to be.
I can't thank you enough for a smooth, no sweat transaction...not to mention that you
"pulled a rabbit out of a hat" by selling my Super Decathlon as the economies of
the world are seemingly drowning in an economic climate that might eventually prove to be
even more disastrous than that experienced in the immediate aftermath of 9/11/01, when you
sold my Stearman!
Furthermore, you and your staff are to be commended for putting just as much effort and
enthusiasm into these transactions as you do with the rest of the planes you handle, most
of which represent sales involving ten to twenty times the market value of these birds.
Best regards and thank you once again!
Mark, The T-37 arrived and created quite a stir at the Waukesha, WI airport! It
could never have happened without your help in guiding us through the purchase and T37
rating. Wife Lisa approves; now I have to figure out how to get her out of the left seat!
Best Regards, Paul & Lisa Walter, Milwaukee WI
All was great, Terry Rush and I went for a type ride in Texas in the MkIX Spitfire. Once
again an aircraft purchased through you was exactly as represented. This is the third
aircraft I have purchased through you and I have never been disappointed. I believe no one
has the knowledge or experience of the warbird market that you have. I know that you
always have all the facts and avoid puffing. You ahve made this a fun and painless
experience as usual. You and your staff are the best.
I appreciate the effort you put into selling the old bird. I would not think of buying or
selling an aircraft without using the services of Courtesy Aircraft. I have now bought two
and sold one through you and I have been extremely pleased. Your reputation in the
industry is well deserved.
|Dear Mark and everyone at
I wanted to write and thank you for assisting me in the sale of my T-6. I listed the
aircraft with Mark on a Thursday and I was pleasantly shocked when he had a buyer and a
deposit my Monday afternoon!
The process of getting the aircraft to Rockford along with the pre-purchase inspection,
attending to some minor maintenance and the documentation for closing was as seamless and
painless as I have ever experienced. If only selling my Pitts on my own had been so easy!
When I'm ready for the next Warbird, Courtesy will be my first call.
Brett Zachary, CEO
Sanco Industries, Inc.
|I have had the pleasure of
purchasing two aircraft through Courtesy Aircraft. Mark Clark and his staff have been
nothing short of extremely professional. I purchased a Corsair, "Marine's Dream"
through mark and the aircraft was exactly as represented by Mark. I recently purchased a
B-25 through Mark and likewise the aircraft was exactly as represented. I've had many
discussions with Mark and he's extremely knowledgeable on virtually every warbird on the
market and has always provided me with up-to-date and accurate information. No one is more
I hope to continue to purchasing warbirds and will
always call Mark first before venturing into the warbird market.
I was on the web yesterday looking at your aircraft for sale and was intrigued by this
P-51. I am originally from Winnipeg and the fact that this is a former 402 City of
Winnipeg Squadron Mustang was of great interest. My father was a former C.O. of 402
Squadron and flew Vampires and Mustangs in the reserves post war after 2 tours during WWII
as a Lancaster pilot and Mosquito pilot in the RCAF. In fact, I went to his log books and
on two occasions are entries from 1951 where he flew this particular Mustang, aircraft no.
9563. Quite amazing that I can look at those pictures and know that this is the particular
aircraft that the old man flew. Unfortunately, I am not a Microsoft millionaire or I would
be quite tempted to acquire this airplane. Thanks for posting these pictures. I found them
to be of great interest.
Good luck to you.
Vancouver, British Columbia
I wanted to
thank you for making the purchase of my Beech E-55 such an easy and enjoyable experience.
I especially appreciate you taking care of the negotiations for me as I do not do well at
that sort of thing and always felt in good hands throughout the process. I don't think
that the excitement of owning an airplane has actually sunk in yet!
I still enjoy seeing the listings on
your website. The last brochure I received from you all had my beautiful P51 on the
cover, and yes it was me flying SU SU. What a beautiful P51. Thanks for the
kind words on your website saluting veterans this Veterans Day Weekend. I have been
on active duty recall to the Navy since April and I have just been extended for another
year. At the present time I am not assigned in Iraq. I am working for a Rear
Admiral in Jacksonville, FL on his staff as Region Air Operations for what is known as
Navy Region Southeast. Our region encompasses all Navy Installations from Florida to
Texas - up to North Carolina. The Airfields I work with number: 12 primary and 19
outer lying fields (OLF's). I am very proud to be in this position as a Navy
Officer, especially when times are tough for our Country. I dream of the day I may
get my SU SU back, but I am very thankful to have the keys to a friend's Texan to fly!
Take care and have a safe holiday.
Your Friend, Alan
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are very pleased to let you know that we made it safely to Germany. We would like to take
the opportunity to thank you and your team for the superb work, once again, I must add,
you did with regard to the market research, purchase and mods of the Cessna 182Q. We
appreciated very much your professional service, smooth handling of the transaction and
full support at all times.
Furthermore, we thank you for your
recommending to us Cliffs workshop, Heritage Aero, which did an excellent job. We
are fully satisfied with the our new aircraft, it flies great, no problems whatsoever with
the engine. We learned that it can easily handle extreme weather and flight conditions in
parts of the world that we normally do not get to so often.
We may add that David and Tony at Avionics
Place also completed their works, timely as agreed upon. Once again our appreciation and
thanks for the brilliant work you did!
Kind Regards, Roenne & Constantin
Read Roenne & Constantin's
Adventure Across the Atlantic and home to Europe
April 14, 2006
Delivery day, Mark Clark with new owner
Owning and flying a Mustang has been a life long dream. My father crewed P-51's in Korea
and with the Kentucky Air National Guard. Some of my earliest memories are of him and this
airplane. You have made this dream a reality. Your expertise and advice have proven
invaluable. The folks you network with such as Wally Zook in financing and Tony Rukavina
in insurance were great to deal with. This entire transaction has been a delightful
experience. I will certainly recommend Courtesy
Aircraft to anyone interested in joining the Warbird community, and plan to use you again
if and when I am fortunate enough to acquire my next dream ... a North American F-86!
Many thanks! Joe Richardson, MD
Many thanks or the professional way you handled the sale of the
TBM for me. By now Larry Ricker (pilot shown here ready to deliver TBM) should be in
Oakland. Thanks again to you and your crew!
Kindest Regards, Steve Searle
|Just a little note
to let you know that Mark P. and the T-34 arrived in great shape on Sunday afternoon.
Thanks for all of the help - really appreciate it. You did a great job representing the
aircraft (and Courtesy), and helping juggle everything so that we could get it inspected,
pre-inspected, annualed, paid for and delivered.
again - it was a pleasure doing business with you!!!
I hope this email finds you doing well. I just completed
my first 100 hours in my T6-G, purchased through you in April. This plane is about the
best thing I have ever bought and I enjoy it tremendously. I completed the wing AD without
problems or findings and was one of the first 10 planes back up in the air. The annual
went eventless and the plane is performing well. I modified it with a high roll rate kit,
which I highly recommend. For those worried about fuel cost, I have been able to fly the
plane averaging 24 Gal per hour, with the average flight being 1 hour - well that still
puts 2,400 Gal through the tank, but it is just too much fun!
I just wanted to drop you a quick note that we landed safely last
night at 6:00pm at LVK. The plane performed flawlessly and consumed only 27gal of fuel per
hour. Total flight time was 14.0 hours for the 2,000 miles. After we left Rockford we flew
to Grand Island, NE for our first night stop. Unfortunately we got stranded there for the
next day as severe thunderstorms and hail came down from the Rocky's. However, we got out
of there on Wednesday morning and just flew home via Laramie, Salt Lake, Reno into
Livermore. It was a long tour but we had great weather. Today we have rain and a low
ceiling, I am glad we got here yesterday.
Thanks again for all your help. BTW, we only used 1.5 Gal
It's been a pleasure doing business with you. Your warmth and
professionalism in helping with the purchase of my SNJ-4 has been exceptional. You head up
a first class operation.
Best personal regards,
Jim Foskett, M.D.
|Buying an airplane
is always an important move, and buying an "exotic" aircraft can up the stress
level a lot. When I bought my Focke-Wulf 149D from Courtesy Aircraft, I found out that
they took their name seriously. John Kraman and the entire staff could not have been more
patient, courteous and most importantly, knowledgeable. They took all the time I needed,
directed me to the appropriate shops for the work that I wanted done, provided all the
documents that make owning this aircraft as stress free as if I was buying a conventional
flying machine. I was never pressured and I had that warm and fuzzy feeling that one gets
when you know this important transaction is being handled by people who know their
business and make sure that you know all the pertinent information to make flying a
pleasure. I have owned seven aircraft, purchased from seven different sources, but this
time, it was a delight.
I wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much I appreciate your handling of the
sale of the L19 to me. This is the fourth airplane that I have purchased from you but the
first that I have ever "purchased, site unseen". The digital pictures that you
emailed me made it easy for me to make the buying decision. They were very detailed and
showed the exact condition. Having worked with you in the past, I knew that I could trust
your grading system on describing the condition of the L19. Much to my benefit, the
airplane was actually nicer than your description. This is always a pleasant surprise.
Thank you for arranging delivery, that made the transaction a "No bother" to me.
Your pilot was very professional and pleasant to meet. I am in the sales business myself
and I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your honesty and professionalism. I look
forward to our future dealings.
Looked neat to see SOLD next to the "Marines Dream" listing. I remember looking
in a hobby shop window as a kid from a row house wishing I had enough money to buy a
model, and doing all kinds of odd jobs in the neighborhood to get the $4 or $5 dollars it
cost. Maybe this is crazy but I am glad that Marines Dream is now mine. I only wish my
father who was in the 1st Marine Air Wing was alive to see it. He learned to fly after the
war and inspired my love of flying and WWII aircraft!
Just a note to let you know that Peter Smiths aircraft arrived safely and in perfect
condition at Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England ( Home of 453rd Bomb Group ) on
Thursday. The packing was a work of art!
It's one of the nicest Stearman I have seen, a real cracker ! We hope to
assemble next week.
Old Buckenham Airfield
Just to let you know that the Stearman arrived safely @
Old Buckenham Airfield on Thursday, and was unpacked as carefully as it was packed
up. Very many thanks for all the care you took. I saw it in the hanger today,
& it looks pristine. Hopefully it will be re-assembled later next week.Many
thanks for all the time & effort expended on this.
On behalf of Peter,
BT-13 was the first airplane that I have bought from Courtesy Aircraft and I can not tell
you how pleased I was dealing with your Company. The price was fair and the deal
uncomplicated. I know that I was on the low end of your market but I could not have
received better service if I had been buying a P-51. The fact that you cleared a lien that
had been out there since 1952 spoke volumes to me and you did it without me having to beg.
When I buy again, II'll buy from Courtesy Aircraft Sales!
Thanks for your help during our purchase. The flight home was
uneventful and I sure appreciate Mark's assistance and the fact that you sent him along
with me. It was invaluable.
Once again my thanks for your professionalism and your personal interest in my leaving as
a satisfied customer and new friend.
With warmest regards,
Finally back home in
Switzerland. I wanted to thank you for the good and professional T-28 training I received
from you guys. Thanks a lot.
|Just writing to
tell you thank-you for all your service and support while my mechanic checked over the
210D last week. He arrived, unscathed, back home with the airplane yesterday. I'll finally
get to see the plane for myself this coming weekend as my work is keeping me from getting
out to the airport earlier. It was a pleasure dealing with you. Aside from the few nits,
the plane was pretty much as you advertised. We appreciate your honesty and willingness to
negotiate. I think we both got a fair deal. Courtesy will be recommended by me, often.
Dream Come True ...
Now a Courtesy
Aircraft Customer, Brian, shown here in 10th Grade with a Corsair in Spokane, WA dreaming
that one day he'd own one of these birds.
(Brian laughs,"no comments on the bell bottom
20 Years Later
Brian's Dream Comes True as he sits in his OWN Corsair purchased through Courtesy
Thanks Courtesy Aircraft for Your
Malvern J. Gross, Jr.
"Island In The Sky"
Re: Sale of Cessna 210
I just wanted to take this opportunity to again
thank you for all the help and counsel you gave in connection with the sale of my
"mistress." Your words of patience at strategic moments resulted in my getting a
much fairer price for the plane than I would have if I had been my own broker. Your
hand-holding was most appreciated, and helped me through this "life-event." It
is hard to accept that one is no longer 19 any more.
Best personal regards,
Left to Right: Mark Clark, Ryan Cannon,
Bob Cannon (proud new Duke owner),
Tom Clement and John Kraman
safe and sound with a very fine Duke thanks in large part to your fine organization and
great salesman, John Kraman. It was extremely nice getting to finally meet you and see
Courtesy Aircraft, of which I had heard so much through the years.
Tom Clements, Pilot/Instructor
Flight Review Inc., Aircraft Management
To learn more about Tom Clements and his training videos, go to www.flightreview.net
Thank you for the deal and all your support. It was and is fun to work
with you. Here are some pictures from our Air show last weekend. The SNJ came right on
wanted to take the time to say thank you for your support in making
this transition go smoothly. Being a Marketing manager, I appreciate good
salesmanship and follow-up. You did an excellent job in both!
Cessna 182 N1323M
I am very pleased to tell you that the N623TC
arrived in Germany last week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for
all the support and help you provided in making this deal happen. It was a great
pleasure working with you. The aircraft received all the desired avionics and now is
in an immaculate condition. We are looking forward to seeing you again.
Kind regards and all the best for you and your
Thank you so much for the AWESOME ride!
I've been telling everyone about my T-6 adventure. It sure made my flight instructor
jealous. Did you get to see the story? I think it turned out really
well. Let me know if there's anything I can ever help you with.