Barrett-Jackson has announced its most intriguing auction lot in next year's calendar - it will be auctioning off a historic 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor aeroplane at its Scottsdale sale, scheduled for January 11-18, 2009.
The Tri-motor was hit by bullets during the World War II surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. Recently restored to original specifications, the aircraft will make its final flight today before the sale when it departs from Petersburg, Va., in route to Goldsboro, North Carolina. It will take off from Dinwiddie County Airport in Petersburg, and is scheduled to arrive at Goldsboro Air Centre inside Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport. Dolph Overton III, owner of the Tri-Motor and former ace for the US Air Force during the Korean War, will be awaiting the plane’s arrival with his family in Goldsboro. His son, Dolph Overton IV, will co-pilot the aircraft alongside legendary air show pilot Jimmy Leeward.
“Ford’s Tri-Motor airplanes played a very important role in creating the modern transportation system,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Just as he put America on wheels with the Model T ‘Tin Lizzie,’ Henry Ford created the Tri-Motor ‘Tin Goose’ airplane to help the general public realize the benefits of air travel. This particular plane has a wonderful history and everyone who loves both automobiles and aviation will be touched by its story.”The Tri-Motor that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson began its historic journey in 1929, where it served as a passenger plane for Mamer Flying Service. It was later sold to K-T Flying Service of Honolulu and was at Pearl Harbor during the surprise military strike by the Japanese navy against the United States on Dec. 7, 1941. The Tri-Motor suffered exterior bullet holes during the attack but was quickly repaired and returned to service.
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