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Rare Ford Tri-Motor Up For Auction in January

Bidders Invited to Inspect Aircraft December 6-7

1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor

November 26, 2008 — It’s not very often an airplane of this pedigree becomes available on the open market, but a completely restored 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor will be auctioned on January 17, 2009, during - of all things - the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The airplane, NC9612, is one of the world’s six remaining airworthy examples (including EAA’s well-known NC8407). There is no set reserve on the aircraft, meaning it will be sold to the last and highest bidder.

The airplane has served many different missions in several different mission configurations, including a stint as a transport in Hawaii in the early 1940s. Bullets struck it on December 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The airplane received a “no concession-no compromise” restoration that was completed in mid-2005. The airframe was reworked, a new interior installed and the exterior completely re-skinned. The wings were also reworked and re-skinned, while the landing gear, including the unique Johnson bar braking system, is complete and original. For more information regarding the airplane’s history, restoration, and specifications, contact Michele Overton at 336-262-9560.

Those interested in bidding for the historic aircraft are encouraged to attend a special buyer’s preview and inspection scheduled for December 6-7 at Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport in North Carolina. (The airplane will not be on site at the January auction in Arizona.) For information on the auction process and bidder registration, contact Jamie Wiehe at Barrett-Jackson, 480-421-6694. Additional information is also available at www.barrett-jackson.com.

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