A UNIQUE PIECE OF
AVIATION HISTORY NOW AVAILABLE ON THE
1954 AEROCAR ONE
Engine: Lycoming 0-320, 4 cylinder rated at 150 H.P.
Length Overall (as an airplane): 21 feet
Height Overall (as an airplane): 7 feet 2 inches
Length of Car Portion: 10 feet 4 inches
Length of Trailer Portion: 13 feet
Width of Trailer: 8 feet
Wingspan: 30 feet
Wing Cord: 6 feet 3 inches
Wing Area: 168 square feet
Seat car Width: 44 inches
Baggage Space 24 cubic feet
Gross Weight: 2,100 pounds
Empty Weight: 1,300 pounds
Useful Load: 800 pounds
Payload with 24 gallons of fuel: 656 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 24 Gallons
Oil Capacity: 7 quarts
Service Ceiling: 12,000 feet
Cruising Range: 300 miles
Maximum Speed: 110 mph
Cruise Speed: 100 mph
Approach Speed: 55 mph
Courtesy Aircraft Sales, established in 1957, has
earned the recognition as The
World Leader in Warbird Sales.
Courtesy has sold thousands of Warbirds including
the Boeing B-17
Fuddy Duddy, Lockheed P-38L
Putt Putt Maru, Goodyear FG-1D Corsair
Marines Dream as
well as dozens North American P-51 Mustangs.
For Immediate Release:
Featured in Air & Space Magazine
Featured in AOPA Pilot Magazine
World Leader in
For Immediate Release
Pilots Attend First Ever North American T-28 Trojan
Intro Day Held at Courtesy Aircraft
When was the last time you were offered a ground
school lesson and a complementary flight in a
As many Warbird Owners know,
there are not many opportunities before you purchase
a Warbird to have a ground school lesson and fly
such rare aircraft. Courtesy Aircraft Sales teamed
up with Heritage Aero and members of the Trojan
Horseman to coordinate an Introduction Day that
would include an overview of a post-WWII aircraft
trainer with excellent flight characteristics: The
North American T-28.
The goal was to give people a taste of what it is
like to fly and own a T-28. Needless to say, many
people were ecstatic to have been given the
On May 6, 2011 Courtesy Aircraft had a full house of
curious and excited attendees. The day started with
introductions and what a great group of attendees we
had! This array of people included General Aviation
Pilots, an F-16 pilot and actual T-28 Instructors
from the 1950s. There was even a pair of gentleman
that instructed the T-28 together over 40 years ago
and found each other in the same room!
After we finished our
introductions, we jumped right into a ground school
lesson followed by testimonials of flying the T-28
and Formation Flying. The group then went out to
the hanger for a lesson on the T-28 Pre-Flight
Inspection followed by a break for lunch.
After a few laughs, the attendees broke into three groups
and the flights began in the T-28. All three 1,425
horse power engines roared and each one of the
attendees began their complementary flight. After a
few hours of flying, everyone had smiling faces and
complete satisfaction with their flight. Attendee
Steven Spector later commented, ‘I would like to
thank you for having the T-28 Intro Day. It was an
informative and fun day. Before attending the Intro
Day, the T-28 appeared to me to be too big of a
step-up from flying General Aviation planes and a
Stearman. However, after attending the class and
actually flying the T-28, I felt it was a plane that
the typical 1,500 hour, General Aviation Pilot can
own and safely operate.”
A successful day of ground
school and Warbird flying was completed. Mark
Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft stated, “It
was a pleasure to give people an opportunity to
learn about and fly these pieces of history. It is
important that the Warbird community passes down
their knowledge to others on their aircraft, and to
keep up people’s enthusiasm with these vintage
aircraft. That way we can continue to see them fly
for many years to come. ”
For Immediate Release
Courtesy Aircraft Needs Your Help Solving a
Mystery about an Aviation Legend
In 1932, the
famous aviator Howard Hughes formed the Hughes
Aircraft Company as a division of the Hughes Tool
Company. Hughes Aircraft thrived on wartime
contracts during WWII and by the early 50's, it was
one of America's leading defense contractors and
aerospace companies. During these busy times, a
C-47 was purchased by the company. This aircraft is
now being sold by Courtesy Aircraft Sales.
As you can
see, the registration was signed by Howard Hughes'
right hand man, Mr. Glenn Oderkirk. Glenn Oderkirk,
also known as "Ode" contributed his work to the
legendary H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose) as well as
helping design the fastest land plane in the world
during the time, the Hughes H-1.
Could this C-47 aircraft have been flown by the
legendary Howard Hughes? Courtesy Aircraft Sales is
brokering N88786(now registered as N293WM) and is in
search of additional history on this aircraft so the
next owner will have a more detailed understanding.
To fly in the same cockpit as Mr. Hughes would be a
great honor for any pilot!
One way or another, this aircraft has a famous
past: A true historic "gem" that we need to
Help Us Solve The Mystery!
Pictured above: Howard Hughes and "Ode."
History of the Douglas DC-3/ C-47
During the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt was
serving his first term as President of the United
States, corporate officials of the Douglas
Corporation in Long Beach, California were
diligently working on an airplane that would years
later be hailed as “the airplane that changed the
Time has proven how truly successful that effort was
with the production of the immortal DC-3. In the
10,926 DC-3’s were built by
– over 2,000 of which are still flying strong today.
American Airlines was the first commercial operator
to utilize the DC-3, in 1936. Soon, Pan Am and other
airlines were pioneering routes in the U.S. as well
as Canada and Alaska using this sturdy workhorse,
which can land safely on beaches and unimproved
strips as well as modern airports.
The DC-3, also known as the
went to war in 1941 serving all allied nations. Many
seemingly impossible missions were accomplished with
the flexible DC-3. The venerable Grand Old Lady was
the first airplane to land at the North Pole and the
first to land at the South Pole.
Once a member of the 8th Air Force, this
Grand Old Lady more than likely took part in D-Day
operations with a Troop Carrier Squadron in WWII.
during the bleakest days of the war or carrying
troops for history’s greatest invasions, the
DC-3/C-47 has been an important link to freedom.
An impressive tribute to this airplane was made when
Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The three things that
helped win World War II were the jeep, the bazooka,
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2010
Courtesy Aircraft Sales Participating in
The Last Time...Celebrating
the 75th Anniversary of the DC-3
Largest DC-3/ C-47 Formation Flight in
Monday, July 26, 2010
This summer, over 40 DC-3/ C-47
aircraft will participate in the last
largest formation flight in the world
at this year's EAA AirVenture
located at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This
historic day has been named The
Last Time. People from
all around the world will have an
opportunity to see this large assembly
of aircraft together for the last time.
Courtesy Aircraft Sales is proud
to announce that we will
be participating in this historic flight
with our DC-3, N1944H "Spirit of
Our goal is to educate people on
this important aircraft, once quoted by
Franklin D. Roosevelt as "The aircraft
that changed the world."
We are searching for people who have
flown or worked on our aircraft.
The “Spirit of Alaska” has not always
been called by that name. Throughout her
long life, this DC-3 has performed many
different duties and served many
people. Originally owned by the United
States Army, the DC-3 started its life
in 1945 as 45-1108, a C-47B. The next
year, it was delivered to the United
States Air Force. In March of 1946, it
was put in the care of the RFC,
Reconstruction Finance Corporation. This
corporation was formed to dispose of
government surplus materials. With only
35.5 hours, it was flown to Mineola, NY
where all military equipment was removed
and then repainted in civilian
colors. This was the end of her military
career. It was immediately sold to a
gentleman who wanted to start an
airline, but unfortunately, it never
In early 1946, Jack Losse, the Chief
Pilot for Columbia Broadcasting System
(CBS) found the DC-3. He jumped at the
opportunity to buy this military
aircraft. After it was purchased, he had
it converted to a company DC-3 by Aero
Trades, Inc. located in Long Island. The
DC-3 entered into civilian registration
as NC54542 and became the corporate
aircraft for CBS.
CBS sold the aircraft in 1948 with only
550 hours. The DC-3 was re-registered as
N280M and flew for Outboard and Marine
Manufacturing Company (OMC) of
Milwaukee, WI from December of 1966 to
March 1977. In 1977, OMC donated the
DC-3 to the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) of Franklin, WI.
During this time, it was re-registered
again as N54542. The DC-3 flew
Headquarters personnel, EAA merchandise
and later gave scenic rides in Oshkosh,
WI. EAA later sold her to Mike Suzuki
of California Air Tours in Burbank,
CA. During this time, this aircraft
carried thousands of tourists on trips
to the Grand Canyon from Burbank, CA
piloted by Walter Brubaker and copilot
Captain Dan Ried. This operation ran
from 1989 to 1991.
In April of 1995, a Part 121 Airline,
Era Classic Airlines purchased the
aircraft and renamed her “Spirit of
Alaska.” With approximately 16,500
hours she began to fly sightseeing tours
in South-central Alaska. “Spirit of
Alaska’s” hostesses were outfitted in
1940’s attire all the way down to seamed
stockings and white gloves. Big Band and
swing music played while champagne was
served. Even 1940’s news headlines were
read over the PA system. After many
Alaskan adventures, in 2003 “Spirit of
Alaska” was sold and currently resides
in Rockford, IL. Currently, the “Spirit
of Alaska” has approximately 17,700
hours, and continues to be regularly
Click Here for our timeline on N1944H
Any pictures? Relics? Stories? If you
know anyone or you can help us on our
quest and has additional information on
our aircraft, please contact our office
at your earliest convenience.
Ownership and past N #s of N1944H
United States Air Force (45-1108)
Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Columbia Broadcasting System (NC54542)
Outboard and Marine Manufacturing
Company (N280M) Experimental Aircraft
California Air Tours and
Era Classic Airlines (N1944H)
Photos: Derek Ward
A little history on
The Grand Old Lady of Aviation
During the time Franklin Delano
Roosevelt was serving his first term as
President of the United States,
corporate officials of the Douglas
Corporation in Long Beach, California
were diligently working on an airplane
that would years later be hailed as “the
airplane that changed the world.”
proven how truly successful that effort
was with the production of the immortal
DC-3. In the U.S., 10,926 DC-3’s were
built by Douglas – over 2,000 of which
are still flying strong today.
Airlines was the first commercial
operator to utilize the DC-3, in 1936.
Soon Pan Am and other airlines were
pioneering routes in the U.S. as well as
Canada and Alaska using this sturdy
workhorse, which can land safely on
beaches and unimproved strips as well as
also known as the C-47 went to war in
1941 serving all allied nations. Many
seemingly impossible missions were
accomplished with the flexible DC-3. The
venerable Grand Old Lady was the first
airplane to land at the North Pole and
the first to land at the South Pole.
member of the 8th Air Force,
this Grand Old Lady more than likely
took part in D-Day operations with a
Troop Carrier Squadron in WWII. Whether
saving Guadalcanal during the bleakest
days of the war or carrying troops for
history’s greatest invasions, the
DC-3/C-47 has been an important link to
An impressive tribute to this airplane
was made when Dwight D. Eisenhower said,
“The three things that helped win World
War II were the jeep, the bazooka, and
EAA Sport Aviation Magazine, March 2010
Click Here to read "THE T-28, INSIDE THIS WARBIRD WORKHORSE"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2010
A TF-51 Mustang Finds a New Home
devastating hurricane, a new addition to a museum's
aircraft collection is made.
IL - Courtesy
Aircraft Sales today
a very special transaction with the Lone Star Flight Museum. In 2008, the
Lone Star Flight Museum
located in Galveston, Texas, sustained massive damage due to Hurricane Ike.
Extreme efforts were made to save the aircraft from harms way. The
aircraft unable to fly out in time received major damage and many of
the museum's exhibits were destroyed.
After months of cleaning debris, with the help of local businesses, the
United States Navy and kind donations, significant progress has been made in
restoring the museum back to its original condition. The museum re-opened
for business in the beginning of 2009.
Because of the extensive damage to
Courtesy Aircraft Sales
was asked to help President Larry Gregory, find new warbirds to replace
those that were lost. At the end of 2009, NL415ID, a TF-51 Mustang, found a
new home in Galveston, Texas. North American Mustangs are universally known
as one of the best aircraft fighters; They significantly helped change the
course of WWII because of their excellent performance and long-range
capabilities. This specific Mustang is a "TF" version, which are much more
rare than the common P-51D Mustang.
The Mustang is scheduled to be used in their Flight Experience Program.
This program allows enthusiasts to experience first hand the thrill of
WWII aircraft in flight. Aircraft in the Flight Experience Program
include a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Mitchell, a T-6 Texan, a PT-17
Stearman and now, the museum's new TF-51 Mustang.
Courtesy Aircraft Sales participation
Lone Star Flight Museum
and Robert Waltrip, Founder of Lone Star Museum, goes back many years.
Courtesy Aircraft assisted Mr. Waltrip and the museum with a number of
transactions including a Harvard MK IV, a Douglas A-20G, a Grumman FM-2,
a Grumman F7F-3 and a Lockheed P-38L (Pictured Above).
Courtesy Aircraft was founded in 1957 as a new Cessna aircraft
dealership. As years past and business continued to prosper, a new market
began to emerge including ex-military trainers, fighters and bombers also
known as warbirds.
With the help of
President Mark Clark's strong aviation background and years of sales
experience, Courtesy Aircraft has sold over 3,000 aircraft all around the
world. Courtesy Aircraft assists their customers with the aircraft
ownership process from start to finish. This includes financing, insurance,
training and checkouts as well as ferry and container delivery services
With an impressive website for all aviation enthusiasts, with an average of
2,500 sessions and 97,000 hits per day, www.courtesyaircraft.com
has become one of the most popular aviation websites in the world. For
further information on Courtesy Aircraft Sales or to view a complete
inventory of warbird and civilian aircraft, visit our wesbite today!
Mark Clark (800) 426-8783
President (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales
5233 Falcon Road
Rockford, IL 61109 USA
Darcy Kaapke (800)
Marketing Director (815) 229-5112
Courtesy Aircraft Sales firstname.lastname@example.org
Aircraft Celebrating Notable Sales Milestones: WARBIRDS
the past 50 years, Courtesy Aircraft Sales has earned the reputation of being known as the
World Leader in Warbird Sales. Recently two major milestones have been surpassed with
Courtesy Aircraft Sales now having sold 100 North American AT-6s (also known as SNJs or
Harvards) and 30 North American P-51 Mustangs in the past decade.
the relative rarity of these ex-military aircraft, this is one accomplishment that comes
far and few between. For example, today there are approximately 350 North American
AT-6s that are airworthy. Courtesy Aircraft has sold approximately 30% of all
airworthy AT-6 aircraft- and not all have been on the market. Courtesy Aircraft has
sold more North American aircraft than any other company besides North American Aviation
Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft states, It is a pleasure to be part of the
history of these aircraft; I continue to be impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the
public for these symbols of freedom.
view list of North American AT-6s Sold
http://courtesyaircraft.com/Current Inventory/T-6 100 Aircraft
To view list of North American P-51s Sold
CLICK HERE For additional information on the history and
specifications of the North American AT-6
CLICK HERE For additional information on
the history and specifications of the North American P-51
Courtesy Aircraft Sales
Aircraft was founded in 1957 as a new Cessna aircraft dealership. As years past and
business continued to prosper, a new market began to emerge including ex-military
trainers, fighters and bombers also known as warbirds.
the help of President Mark Clarks strong aviation background and years of sales
experience, Courtesy Aircraft has sold over 3,000 aircraft all around the world.
Aircraft assists their customers with the aircraft ownership process from start to
finish. This includes financing, insurance, training and checkouts as well as ferry
and container delivery services worldwide.
impressive website for all aviation enthusiasts, Courtesy Aircraft also recently extended
their aircraft profiles page with over 20 additional aircraft specifications. For
further information on Courtesy Aircraft Sales or to view a complete inventory of warbird
and civilian aircraft, visit www.courtesyaircraft.com.
Rockford, IL 61109 USA
July 29, 2009
"WANT TO BUY A WARBIRD?" EAA AIRVENTURE TODAY BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
Interview with Mark Clark
For Immediate Release April 25, 2006
DOUGLAS A-20G "HAVOC" OFFERED ON THE MARKET
Courtesy Aircraft has been appointed exclusive sales agent for the rare
Douglas A-20G "Havoc", N3WF, the ONLY flyable A-20G currently in the
world. Once owned by Paul Mantz, the famous pre-World War II race pilot and movie flying
daredevil and believed to have been flown by Howard Hughes, this is a rare, historical
The A-20G joins the market with a rare and prestine Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat and a grumman
FM-2 Wildcat, each part of a major aviation collection since 1991.
Courtesy Aircraft Sales, established in 1957, has earned the recognition
as The World Leader in Warbird Sales. Courtesy has sold over 220 Warbirds since
2000 including the Beoing B-17 Fuddy Duddy, Lockheed P-38L Putt Putt Maru,
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair Marines Dream as well as 18 North American P-51 Mustangs.
Click here for complete specs and photos N3WF Douglas A-20G "Havoc"
To learn more, contact:
Mark Clark, President (800)
5233 Falcon Road
Rockford, IL 61109 USA email@example.com
For Immediate Release November 1, 2005
Queen of the Skies
Looks to Continue Historical, Educational Mission
Aircraft (Rockford, IL) announces the
availability of the rare and historic Fuddy Duddy,
one of less than 10 flying B-17s in the world. The famed B-17 is currently owned by
the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Elmira, NY.
"The focus and the efforts of the Museum are changing,
and the B-17 does not really fit the new model, states Mark Clark, President of
On contracted tour with
the EAA, Fuddy Duddy has visited more than 50
cities annually, flying in excess of 300 hours and over 500 missions. More than 20,000
people have toured the Flying Fortress on the ground. Through advance and event coverage, Fuddy Duddy has logged nearly 8 million measured
newspaper impressions plus an estimated 20 million broadcast media impressions.
benefit of these exhibitions has been substantial membership growth as well as an increase
in the EAAs volunteer base, with approximately 31,800 volunteer hours contributed.
In praising the Fuddy Duddy's impact, the EAA
said, "The B-17 is by a considerable margin the most significant aircraft outreach
program offered nationally."
the museum will find a corporate sponsor or sponsors that will underwrite some or all of
the B-17's operating expenses so the museum can make it available to people who might not
otherwise be able to afford to fly in it," said Wings of Eagles Executive Director
Mike Hall. If a sponsorship deal can't be worked out, selling the craft is a
possibility, he said.
The museum has entered into a
contract with Courtesy Aircraft to explore options on the aircraft. Whether we
secure a sponsor(s) or buyer, the museum is very interested in someone who will continue
the educational and historic operation of the aircraft," said Mark Clark, President
of Courtesy Aircraft Sales. "They contracted with us to
look at various options. Finding a national sponsor is one; finding someone to buy it and
donate it back, or sell the airplane, are the others," Clark said.
"It just depends on which one is the most viable option for the museum.
"The thrust is to have the airplane continue to tell its history and
inspirational story," he said. "A lot of museums have an interest in the
"It's a fantastic resource. These airplanes have touched everybody."
For more information, contact:
Courtesy Aircraft, Inc.
Rockford, IL 61109 USA
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PRESTIGIOUS AIRCRAFT COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE
THROUGH COURTESY AIRCRAFT SALES.
Rockford, IL -- Courtesy Aircraft Sales has
been commissioned to sell over 20 rare, vintage and one-of-a-kind warbird and civilian
aircraft. This private collection only recently became available and consists of flyable
aircraft in excellent condition and some restoration projects. A particular project of importance and value is the availability of
a rare North American F-82E Twin Mustang fighter. Significant professional
restoration work has already been completed including wings and the engines. This airplane
is one of only two in civilian ownership. "Were
delighted weve been chosen to facilitate the sales of these fine airplanes,"
commented Mark Clark, President of Courtesy Aircraft Sales. "Each plane represents a
significant piece of aviation history and contributed to the freedom we enjoy today."
Courtesy Aircraft Sales assists with the sale of
collections of all sizes as well as individual purchases of warbird or civilian aircraft.
For a complete inventory listing, visit Courtesy Aircraft Sales on the Internet at www.courtesyaircraft.com.
Courtesy Aircraft Sales is one of the most respected aircraft dealers in the U.S., having
sold more than 3,000 civilian and warbird aircraft since 1957. To find out more about
buying or selling an aircraft, contact Mark Clark or John Kraman at Courtesy Aircraft
Sales, 5233 Falcon Road, Rockford, IL 61109; 800/426-8783; FAX: 815/229-1815; www.courtesyaircraft.com.