Olde Thyme Aviation ® operates Scenic Biplane Rides in authentic restored antique biplanes at Boeing Field in Seattle



Aircraft For Sale


Olde Thyme Aviation, Inc has been flying scenic biplane rides in delicious restored vintage aircraft for a full twenty three years now. While we certainly don't anticipate closing up the business in the near term, it is becoming clear that we are aging and someday will want to be "winding down" a bit.

After we use a plane for a lengthy period of time, we have it totally restored to our personal expectations. However, prior to putting a plane back into service  for rides, we offer it for sale to see if we can find an interested buyer. So, as you read below, you will find totally restored planes that have not been flown at all in the ride operation; fully restored planes that are currently in service, planes that are close to being taken out of service for restoration and planes that are in the restoration process in case anyone wants to "step in" at a crucial point where they can control the final finish (i.e. colors, etc.). Each plane has a unique story and set of circumstances. I attempt to explain how each plane was selected when we purchased it originally, whether it was for its specific history or the quality of workmanship at the time we bought it.

We always shop for planes based on the quality of the wood work, fabric and AIRFRAME. We do not shop for a plane based on its power plant as we assume automatically that whatever engine is on it, regardless of how it is represented, we will not fly it. For example, when we purchased the 1940 Waco UPF-7, we flew it to Salinas and pulled off the Continental Engine and replaced it with a newly rebuilt from Gold Coast Aviation simply because we have a personal knowledge of the workmanship, reputation and dependability that we can trust. The engine that we "scrapped" only had 45 hours on it, but we didn't have personal knowledge of how it was built! We never fly an airplane with the power plant that it is represented with unless we have had it built to our own specs or had it taken apart by our own AI



Note: We do not buy propellers for investment or speculation. These are propellers we have bought for our own planes for use at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. As we have sold off our Travel Airs, one Cabin Waco and one Stearman, we are able to release extra propellers that we had purchased over the years and had overhauled for ourselves. What you see them listed at for sale is exactly what we have in them including original procurement cost plus the overhaul at either AC Propeller in Seattle or Northwest Propeller in Puyallup. A few of them were previously overhauled in which case they were "inspected" for us before purchase by NW Propeller.

2B20-15, polished, Zero Time full overhaul by AC Propeller-Seattle w/YT 7,500*

5404 Hub, Ground Adjustable Navy Contract Blades #4651, 102" length, overhauled w/ YT 50 hours of use. Same as Hamilton Standard 1301 27C1 rated at 165 horsepower per blade (330HP Max). Can be 337'd on any vintage airplane such as Travel Air, Waco, Stinson, N3N etc. Is not on the Stearman TC but we know several people that have used this on Stearmans with no problem. Currently stored at NW Propeller ready to ship: $ 9,500.

McCauley Propeller 102", 410-5926 with SS135-6 blades, fully overhauled, all ADs in compliance, Zero Time. $ 7,500.

Curtis Reed Propeller, 96" inspected and dye flow tested by Northwest Prop: $ 10,000.

5006 Hub, Ground Adjustable Hub. Will hold 4350 blades or other models for use on 20 spline aircraft with max horsepower of 250 HP. $ 3,500.


WACO UPF-7 FOR SALE: 1942 #NC39738




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WACO UPF-7 1942  #NC39738

This plane is in excellent flying condition and was just recovered in 2017. Looks pristine.

NC39738 was originally built in 1942 and used in a CPT school in Indiana under contract by the military so it has an actual history of being in the CPT program. The plane was last fully restored from the ground up in 1987 by Phil Michermusen and Phil Coulson and his buddies from the American Waco Association helping Phil in Michigan. We have the full color photograph chronology of every step of the total restoration. We purchased this plane in 1996 for use at the Museum of Flight where it has served us incredibly well. During the time of our use, we have totally renovated the landing gears (switched to Cleveland discs with the Cessna 310 wheels), new landing gear springs, built new gas tanks (Rare Aircraft), rebuilt the entire tailwheel fork assembly, installed a complete radio/avionics package for VFR flight to our standards, and put on new engines with the more desirable "roller bearing" STC, etc. We purchased this airplane originally for the quality of the wood and fabric restoration and virtually went through everything mechanically and replaced or improved it! Our totally dollars invested in what we did to "upgrade" the airplane after purchase was approximately   $ 45,000. The recent recovering was done for us by reputable John Pike at Big Sky and cost us another $ 47,000. TOTAL TTAF 6309, Total Time since restoration 3330. (all hours are since last annual). The plane has never been ground looped or had any injury since our purchase. Flown mainly by our professional mechanic and IA: Lee Oman.

Gold Coast Aviation W-670 with new STC Roller Bearings (with bronze race-not steel), Valve Guides and Pistons. New NOS Crankshaft used on this engine rebuild so no chance of hidden ground strikes in military training. This was a premium 35,000 engine that we installed in this plane. SMOH 185 (at last annual);

complete photo history of restoration in 1987

$175,000 *

with Curtis Reed 0 hours since inspection plus freshly overhauled Sensenich Wood Propeller

$165,000 if sold with Sensenich Wood Propeller Only

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold

Please call to discuss this plane only if you are a qualified buyer. We are too busy flying rides to take too much time to talk, although we'll spend hours with the proper buyer who really wants to take care of this collectible. A text is even better.

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.

WACO UPF-7 FOR SALE: 1940 NC30143


Waco UPF-7

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WACO UPF-7 1940 NC30143

1940 UPF-7 is a 1997 Rare Aircraft Restoration which won First Place Vintage Category at Oshkosh in 1997. A new RARE Aircraft UPF-7 restoration today costs over $ 300,000 dollars! It has the desired CPT background used in Lancaster California to train pilots whom went into the Air Corp to fight in the South Pacific.  I have been the sole pilot on this plane since purchased in 1997. Used it for personal pleasure for first five years and then gradually worked it into the program at the Museum while I continued to be the only pilot. Never ground looped or damaged since restoration; always hangared--not a single night left outside. The plane has been used now for 20 years and shows some signs of drying on the dope finishes where the prop wash occurs at the trailing edges of the wings and on the back of the elevators. Can easily be addressed with some sanding and dedicated air brush work; overall is still very much a beauty. TTAF: 5296; Total Since Restoration: 1949 (hours used here are at last annual).

It has 250 Hrs  SMOH on the engine with an NOS crankshaft installed at overhaul, roller bearings and new pistons. This engine was built by Air Repair and has a polished ignition harness front ring. This was a 35,000 premium engine due to the installation of the NOS crankshaft.

 -complete photo history of restoration available August 25th 2017.


$175,000 *

*with 0 time inspected Curtis Reed Propeller and Sensenich Wood Prop

$165,000 if sold with Sensenich Wood Propeller only

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold

Please call to discuss this plane only if you are a qualified buyer. We are too busy flying rides to take too much time to talk, although we'll spend hours with the proper buyer who really wants to take care of this collectible.  A text is best.

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.


Cabin Waco for Sale: 1937 YKS-7 (ZKS-7)

Cabin Waco for Sale: 1937 YKS-7 (ZKS-7)

This is an incredibly strong plane and one of my favorite. I've flown this plane four times across the Rockies and have flown it in a single day twice from Colorado Springs to Seattle in 12 hours with only two fuel stops.  The plane has an Air Repair R-755-A2 with 300 horse power and is set up with a Hamilton Standard 2B20-12 for superior performance on shorter fields and ability to gain higher altitudes. The plane can literally carry anything I'd put in my Cessna 180. Seat belts are set up for four occupants but the plane is actually certified for five.  FULL RESTORATION from 2009-2012. Full grain leather interior. Two channel com; transponder and intercom (two stations in back). Throw over yoke with Beech 18 yoke. Cruises at 20 squared for best fuel economy or it can be "pushed" at 21" by 1900 RPM for higher speed but less fuel economy. Awarded First Place Cabin Biplane at National Biplane Fly-in in 2014 in Junction City, KS. No damage to plane or ground loops since restoration! There is some unique history on this plane which was my main impetuous in the original purchase before restoration. Please look at the menu button "AIRPLANES" on the home page which will take you to the history of this plane.

TTAF: Only 1307 (at last annual); 329 Since Full Restoration; Engine 329 SMOH; Prop 318 (at last annual). 

$175,000 *


*With full price sale; buyer can have a dual yoke installed as an option instead of the "throwover yoke."

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold

Please call to discuss this plane only if you are a qualified buyer. We are too busy flying rides to take too much time to talk, although we'll spend hours with the proper buyer who really wants to take care of this collectible.  A text is best.

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.


Cabin WACO FOR SALE: 1933 UIC Full Restoration


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 1933 UIC Cabin WACO: Full Restoration

This plane has a unique history and is the main reason we acquired it. John Aldrich was the previous owner who was well known as the founder of the West Coast Waco Association. Prior to his accident (not in a plane), he had approached me to purchase his "baby" as he knew of my interest in this particular plane because of its earlier history. This plane was built for Captain Hancock whom founded and owned Hancock Oil in Southern California and is also well known as the man whom donated "Hancock Park" in Los Angeles to the County which contained the La Brea Tarpits: a destination known to all grade school kids growing up in LA.  Later Captain Hancock operated one of the CPT schools at Santa Maria, California------owned the Santa Maria Railroad (the reason for the match between his Cabin Waco and the Trail in the painting above).  oday The airport in Santa Maria is known as Hancock Field because of his philanthropy and that of his wife after Captain Hancock passed.

This airplane was totally disassembled for a full restoration starting with the bead blasting and epoxy on the airframe; all new wood on the fuselage; new ribs and fittings as needed in the wings; restoration of the original "Air Brake" system, etc. However, we improved the handling characteristics with a Cleveland 210 brake system (no Johnson Bar challenge). The interior is done in Full Grain Leather.  Fabric was painted in original Waco manufacturing colors of Vermillion Red on Fuselage and Silver/Gray on the wings. The com is the enhanced split frequency used in Europe. The plane had been pre-sold to a buyer in the UK but we were unable to complete it soon enough for his needs; hence the split channel add-on for the com.  This plane is all set up for export to Europe and with a full price sale will gladly be flown to RARE Aircraft in Minnesota for disassembly and export to Europe with their experience. Price only includes our transportation to Minnesota. Export arrangements and disassembly by RARE Aircraft must be made at buyer's expense. It has a zero time W-670-6A Continental engine with all roller bearing and valve guide enhancements plus new generation STC'd pistons. We finished off this plane with a Curtis Reed prop of 99" (not 96) for added performance.

$195,000 *

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold

Please call to discuss this plane only if you are a qualified buyer. We are too busy flying rides to take too much time to talk, although we'll spend hours with the proper buyer who really wants to take care of this collectible.  A text is best.

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.


1935 UKC-S Cabin WACO, #NC14611

$129,000 *

Congratulations Paul & Dana

"with a second zero time engine included"

“2006 Grand Champion National Biplane Association Cabin Biplane”


This is one of my three very special planes that are not normally used at the Museum on a regular basis but only brought out for special events.  There were only 5 UKC-S airplanes built. We know of only 1 other in airworthy flying condition today.  This is a low time 1350 hour TTAF airplane and only 130 hours since total restoration.  Then we took our preference for the incredible W-670-23 engine (constant speed) and worked with the FAA designated engineers to STC the 240 hp engine on this airplane totally “by the book.” It is very fast and cruises nearly 10% faster than our 275 hp Jacobs powered YKS-6.  The engine only has about 75 hours on it.  I have it set up with a 2B20-9 polished propeller as I generally 3 point the airplane. Beautifully upholstered in a dark brown interior with all necessary avionics including a CD system and 4 place intercom, transponder, etc.   I finished this one out for my own special enjoyment and care. Have flown the plane from Colorado Springs to Seattle in a single day with only two fuels stops.  This is a very special plane and deserves an owner who really wants something unique.  General Robin Olds got a big kick out flying this airplane when I was at Bartlesville.

On June of 2010, while making a landing on an asphalt runway (Boeing Field) in a particularly strong crosswind (gusting to 17 at 90 degrees), I side loaded the landing gear more than 1934-35 engineers had designed for and broke the left landing gear strut. This resulted in 3 broken outboard ribs on the lower left wing and a prop strike. The plane was repaired with completely new wing spars in addition to the new ribs as I had always wanted to reinforce the wing walk area with "boxing" across the underside as well; so I figured we'd replace the spars at the same time. Propeller was replaced----not repaired. Engine was disassembled as is required and reassembled with new crank case and crankshaft since the engine had a mandatory teardown inspection required anyway. But the single most outstanding change we made was to upgrade the landing gear from the 2 ˝" original 34/35 landing gear struts to the Waco 1936 Heavy Duty landing gear struts which are 3" in diameter. This was the big transition that Waco did to the planes in '36 which caused the planes to gain acceptance by the freight haulers in Alaska and Canada. The heavy duty landing gears are known as -6 landing gears and upgraded the gross weight capacity of the plane by an additional 400 lbs. The "travel" on the heavy duty landing gear is 6" more than the originals from 1934/35. We have found this to be an outstanding upgrade. Additional costs to upgrade to the Heavy Duty landing gear beyond that which was replaced as described above was $ 40,000. including parts and labor. By going from a "fabric" cover from the landing gear to the rear landing gear struts to a "landing gear fairing," we also gained a 10% cruise speed improvement. Found all the improvements to be highly desirable and have been very pleased with the upgraded configurations. (KH)

$ 129,000*


Aircraft Restoration Projects

The following airplanes were acquired for the purpose of fully restoring. However, it is very clear that we'll only be able to do 2 or 3 at best because it takes us several years for each one. So we're willing to sell off half of what we have to anyone else whom has the dedication to restore one themselves. What I've done below is to list each plane, the condition in which we obtained it and some of the reasoning as to why we purchased each one. I've also listed what we spent on each project to acquire it and what parts we may have purchased already for each plane.



The following wonderful birds FLEW AWAY!


1932 Cabin Waco UEC (very rare)


Sold to Carsten S. in Germany

$ 44,000.

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This airplane was acquired because it was one of the first three original OECs which was built with a Kinner engine and then later upgraded to the Continental Engine at the Waco Factory by Waco themselves. It was also built originally with fuel tanks in the bottom wings as well as the top with a "wobble pump" factory installed. Consequently the use of lower wing tanks at restoration can be done without any further paperwork as it was a "factory installation."

This is the same model of airplane that John Swander in Kansas restored which is the beautiful black plane you often see at the fly-ins. And, John has been very helpful in providing certain items including patterns for the metal cowling on this airplane.

The plane was acquired "fully assembled" with no parts missing other than the metal cowling for which we now have full patterns. It does not have an engine or propeller. It has original red upholstery which is in excellent condition as there were not many original hours on the airplane. We haven't decided whether to change the upholstery or not although I've been leaning towards not changing it.

The plane was purchased originally for $ 39,000. Since that time, we have acquired a speed ring cowl from John Swander for $ 2,000 and a front exhaust system for a Continental Engine from Forest Lovely for $ 2,500. I've had ceramic plating of the exhaust done locally and I have Jon Murray currently building an exhaust bayonet for $ 200.

Our investment in this plane currently stands at about $ 44,000.



No trades!

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.


1927 Travel Air, #NC3823


 Brand New Restoration

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Zero Time Full Restoration, 10 hours on new engine with NOS crankshaft and very rare Continental 9” shielded breeze ring harness. (Same as what we sold on 1929 Travel Air shown above). This is our original biplane with which we started Olde Thyme Aviation. We flew it for five years and then took it out of service for a complete and total restoration starting with the bead blasting of the frame and rebuilding the entire plane. The airplane is very rare with the sought after “elephant ear” ailerons, new upholstery, updated avionics, intercom system, transponder, etc and we deliberately used the 8.50 by 10” tiers rather than the narrow wheels which have been the source of 3 Travel Air incidents in the Northwest on beautifully restored airplanes this year alone. Since full restoration, I have flown the plane to the McMinnville fly-in and the engine is still in its break-in procedure. The artwork shown in the photos is a memorial to Clayton Scott, local pioneer pilot who recently passed away at age 101 after the Renton Airport was named after him. Current artwork on the plane is of high quality vinyl and not permanently painted.  It is Removable with a hair dryer.. No expense has been spared on this restoration. It is basically a brand new 1927 airplane.


No trades!

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.


1936 Cabin Waco YKS-6

 $ 87,000


Once Owned by Walter Beech!

2250 TTAF, 650 hours since full restoration, 460 SMOH R-755-B 275 H.P. Air Repair (w/22 STC mods), 100 SO on 2B20-9 Propeller with polished blades. Beautiful total restoration by William Bohannon in Columbus, Ohio in 1997.  Finished in Alumagrip polyurethane finish. Constant speed prop cruises at 110 mph at 2000 RPM and 18" manifold pressure. Have personally flown the plane over 11,000' altitude. This plane flies like a dream. All the feel and style of biplane flying in more comfort. Great to lengthen the season and good for fall and winter. This engine loves cold weather. Plane has a colorful history, including being owned by Walter Beech (documented). This is the plane that was owned by Walter Beech personally (documented) in the years prior to his developing the Staggerwing.  The Cabin Waco is a poor man's "Beaver." One of only 65 original YKS-6 airplanes built; no idea how many are left. We know of only a half dozen others.

The reason this plane is priced at only 85,000 instead of 100,000, is that it is a "working airplane"  that I use nearly every day for my regular job. It is not a hangar queen. Consequently from my constant use, the urethane based alumagrip finish eventually forms a few "craze lines" at the edges of the stringers and where someone has occasionally put a foot against some fabric. I touch it up each season and from a distance the plane "shimmers" as if it were a perfect finish. Up close, once can fine the craze marks that don't bother me as I use the plane for work. It does not need to be recovered or repainted and can be flow exactly as it is for another 10-15 years before recovering.

650 hours since full restoration in 1994-complete photo history of restoration

 $ 87,000

No trades!

Cashier's check only   

$ 5,000 to hold

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.


Please call to discuss this plane only if you are a qualified buyer. We are too busy flying rides to take too much time to talk, although we'll spend hours with the proper buyer who really wants to take care of this collectible.

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.

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1944 Boeing Stearman Model E75

For $125,000


1944 N2S-4 Boeing Stearman Model E75 - Mfg. Serial No. 75-5586 (U.S. Army Air Corp S/N 42- 17423. U.S. Navy S/N 52804)

2900 TTAF, 460 SMOH, Continental W-670 220 HP, Sensenich Wood Prop, Red-line Brakes, Immaculate Condition and Restoration. #N68462

$ 125,000

This plane was one of the last model (E75) manufactured and was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corp at the Wichita, Kansas plant of the Boeing Co. (former Stearman plant) during May of 1944 as a PT-13D (U.S. Navy N2S5). With the present Continental W-670 220 HP engine and Bendix landing gear, it is a PT 17 or a U.S. Navy Model N2S4. The data plate lists both Army and Navy serial nos. given above. The plane was originally all silver, as were all E75 Stearman near the close of World War II, whether for the Army Air Corp or the U.S. Navy.  However, for improved visibility, it is now painted AN Blue (fuselage) and AN Yellow (flying surfaces) as a somewhat earlier version of the trainer ordered by the Army but then delivered to the Navy, as was sometimes done during the war. The plane has been carefully researched for U.S. Navy markings that were specified during the period.  They are less ornate than those used by the Army at that time.

The plane was initially assigned to a contract pilot school at War Eagle Field in Lancaster, Calif. Later assignments were to Minter Field (Bakersfield), Mather Field (Sacramento), and ultimately to a Civil Air Patrol unit at Hill Field in Ogden, Utah, where it was offered for sale as surplus in 1949.  The total original cost to the U.S. Government in 1944 was $ 9,120.

 The plane has approximately 2582 hours on it and has always been configured as a two place trainer.  It is being flown now at Boeing Field. It has never had its frame cut and was never used as a sprayer! The plane was rebuilt at 1960 hours and totally restored (not recovered, but fully restored) in 1987. Since full restoration, the plane has only been flown 500 hours.  A new rebuilt engine was installed in 1999.  Since restoration it has been stored in an insulated hangar with a dehumidifier always operating. The plane is essentially like new except for the engine (334 hours SMOH by renowned Gold Coast Aviation in Salinas, California) and is very original except for the electric system (has both starter and generator), the avionics (Narco Mark 12D Nav/Comm. w/localizer & glide-slope, ELT, Transponder w/altitude encoder, Sigtronics intercom) and Whelen strobe/nav lights.  

Restoration, covering, painting (aerothane), assembly, rigging and testing were performed by well-known Stearman restorer/mechanic in the Northwest named Chuck Milton of Antique Aero from Snohomish, Washington, who maintained Joanne Osterud's aerobatic show aircraft for many years. Chuck was known as "Mr. Stearman" for his quality restoration work in the 1980s. His work was the equivalent then of what is seen today by Air Repair in Mississippi.  This plane was selected WARBIRD  GRAND  CHAMPION at the Arlington EAA 1987 Fly-IN and was later judged BEST OF CLASS (1936-45 Military) at the 1987 Northwest Antique Aircraft Fly-In held at Evergreen Field in Vancouver, WA. 

Olde Thyme Aviation ®  purchased this plane in 1999 with 2288 hours TTAF with a run-out engine. The plane had been properly stored for the prior four years once reaching TBO and hadn't been flown since then. After we purchased this plane for the quality and care of the finish, frame and woodwork we replaced the engine with a new rebuilt by Gold Coast Aviation. Gold Coast Aviation is legendary for the Continental-220 rebuilds it has specialized in for nearly 40 years. We only purchase from or have our engines on our entire fleet of biplanes worked on by Larry Lujan at Gold Coast in Salinas. We also had a new transponder installed. 

The plane weighs 2,175 without fuel, oil crew and baggage and has a max gross weight of 2,950; fully aerobatic (+6.67g to -2.67g) and with the certificated max gross weight of 2,950 is flown solo from the rear cockpit.

This plane had a "ground loop" on the return from Galesburg this September. Since we had to put a new lower right wing on the airplane anyway, we went ahead and stripped the fuselage, jigged it as if it were the start of a full new restoration, and did exactly that. We recovered the upper right wing  (new fabric and new fittings) at the same time. Other wings look totally brand new inside. So this plane is actually better than it started out on the way to Galesburg since we improved on some items in the fuselage which we noticed from the 1987 restoration that we would have done differently.......so we did. Final paint will be done this spring. $ 5,000 holds your plane until the new fuselage paint covering and wings are done probably in May.

Please do not call unless you are a ready buyer.

No trades considered.

Cashier's check only.

$ 5,000 to hold

 Because we work full-time daily and are often flying rides in our two-seaters, we cannot afford to talk other than to a serious potential buyer. We can deliver this plane to any location with a sale. $ 5,000 deposit to hold.

Cell - (206)-730-1412 Ask for Ken.

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Flew Away $125,000

"Congratulation Jim L."


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1929 Travel Air 4000

   SOLD for $175,000

1929 Travel Air 4000 "E"

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The Travel Air company competed head to head with all the other early burgeoning aircraft companies in the mid-1920s with similar concept airframes and Fokker imitation wings often with counterbalanced ailerons. In 1929, Travel Air modified its Travel Air 4000 and redesigned the ends of the upper wings to utilize Frieze ailerons and finished off the wingtips in a more modern rounded configuration which allowed the ends of the wings to add lift and load carrying capacity. This extra modification in both the weight carrying capacity and the finishing of the wings increased the popularity of this airplane markedly and caused the sales of the Travel Air 4000 with the "E" wing configuration to soar. There were more Travel Air 4000s of this wing design sold than all previous Travel Air 2000s, 3000s and 4000s combined.

The airplane was originally configured with a Wright J-6 Whirlwind 5 cylinder radial engine with 165 horsepower @ 1800 rpm Currently powered with a Continental W-670 Radial Engine with 220 hp at 2150 RPM

length overall                            24'1"
height overall                             8'11"
wingspan (upper)         33'
wingspan (lower)         28'9"
wing chord (upper)       5'6"
wing chord (lower)       4'8"
wing area (upper)       171 sq'
wing area (lower)       118 sq'

gross weight                               2,702 lbs
empty weight                              1,695 lbs
useful load                                  1,007 lbs
payload with full fuel (67 gal.)         393 lbs

maximum speed                           120 mph
cruise speed                                 103 mph
rate of climb                                 720 ft. per min.
surface ceiling                          13,000 ft
landing speed                                48 mph
stall speed                                     39 mph
normal cruising range                   650 miles

fuel capacity                                 67 gal.
oil capacity                                    6 gal.

This aircraft is a full ground-up restoration and not simply a re-covering or rejuvenation. Every part of the aircraft was disassembled and rebuilt individually in a meticulous 4 year process with a professional shop/not a homebuilder or hobbyist. The reason this plane is price approximately $ 25,000 higher than other restored Travel Airs is because the wings are absolutely and totally brand new having been built by Mr. Travel Air himself, Mr. Frank Rezich of Paso Robles, California. This is one of the last sets of wings he built and he currently will not build any more sets of wings at any price! This is reason for the premium pricing. We would have saved $ 25,000 by restoring or rejuvenating the existing wings but chose not to do so. They are absolutely brand new including the center section with a new fuel tank. The fabric is done in the more highly desirable but much more time consuming butyrate dope over ceconite by Air Fab of Hollister California whom also did the covering and stitching. If any of you know their work, they use the "old art" processes but result in a finish just as polished or reflective as the aerothanes but affording the ability to work or repair the surfaces yourself down the road. The cost of the wings, covering and finishing on this plane was no less than $ 55,000. The color is Boston Maroon in a chevron pattern configuration on leading edges and Diana Cream.

Gold Coast Aviation rebuilt the plane starting with the bead blasting and magnafluxing of the frame, epoxy coating, fittings, etc, fuel tanks, engine, etc. We have set this plane up for flight at modern airports using 8.50 X 10 tires and not the narrow taller original wheels which are an invitation to disaster to someone acquiring a vintage biplane but desiring to actually fly it rather than it simply becoming a hangar queen. The plane has a steerable scott 10" tailwheel on leaf springs.

We are offering the plane in either of two engine configurations. The engine we currently have on this plane has 160 hours on it. This particular W-670 engine is custom built by Gold Coast Aviation and was used as the "test run" engine for the new W-670 replacement pistons of the harder alloy as developed in the STC. Consequently this engine also has the STCd roller bearings and valve guides which were STCd at the same time. The engine was finished off, at our special request, using a rare "Breeze" ring which is nearly impossible to find today which we had nickel plated. Instead of shielded plastic wiring coming from the back of the cylinders to the spark plugs, this engine shows the original braided wires going from the "Breeze" ring in the front of the engine directly to the spark plug leads. See photos. It gives a final touch that recalls the way ignition harness looked originally.

The purchaser of this airplane will have the choice of taking the plane with the above described engine or we will install, at our cost, a zero time W-670 engine with skytronics harness (the more conventional configuration) but this engine will also have the roller bearings on the crankshaft (STC) and the new valve guides (STC).

Including the original $ 45,000 paid for this airplane before it was disassembled for total restoration, we have spent over $ 195,000 on this airplane. This is way above the market and we realize this. We will make this plane available for the rest of 2004 and spring of 2005 before we phase the plane into our operation for scenic flights. Flight to see if there is anyone who would like to own this beauty personally. Please do not call just to talk. We don't have time for this. If interested in a plane of this quality and pricing, fly out here and fly in the plane. We'll reimburse you for the plane ticket if you buy the airplane.

Flew Away $175,000

"Congratulation Peter G."


             1946 GLOBE SWIFT

Flew Away



1946 Globe Swift/ 210 hp

 We purchased this plane in 2003 for 27,000 with a mid time Continental 300 engine. This plane is used as our mechanic's transportation plane to and from the Boeing Field in Seattle WA on weekends from Sequim WA.

 In 2009 we completed the conversion of the engine to the Continental IO-360 with the Merlyn STC and engine mount. The conversion was done by master mechanic Lee Oman including the custom fitting of all baffle and cooling system upgrades and everything else required. We have received many complements from the Diamond Point "Swifities" on this conversion job. The cost for this conversion was $ 25,000 in parts and STC payment. The labor for the conversion was approximately $ 15,000. We had a total of $ 67,000 in the plane and the conversion. Then we helped the Swift Association bring in the Hartzell propeller that is on the new Type Certificate for another $ 5,000. Our total in the plane is  $ 75,000 "hard dollars." (Along the way, Lee also rebuilt the landing gear system.)

 We're asking $ 59,000 for this plane which is an immediate savings to anyone else wanting to get a converted higher horsepower Swift of $ 16,000 minimum and possibly as high as 30,000 difference on "showpiece" airplanes.

The plane is not yet gone over to make it a showplace beauty in that it could take a lot of nice work and attention on the panel in the future. So if you're looking for an outstanding dependable Swift with a superior higher horsepower conversion which would give you an outstanding flyer today with the ability to enhance physical beauty down the road, instead of putting out $ 90,000 for a "looker" right now, this is what this plane offers. It has only 2061 Total Hours on Airframe and has only 42 hours on the new Continental IO-360.


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