Travel Air 4000

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  1. Aug 12, 2018 #1

    Lotahp1

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    I saw a 1929 Travel Air 4000 today and fell in love. I remember seeing Travel Air biplanes at the Biplane Expo in Bartlesville but always thought some were wood fuselage, thought they were $$$$$ rich guy “classics” and not very much performance etc compared to a Waco UPF-7 or Stearman or the like. Well the one that sold in Tulsa auction today certainly didn’t seem like “my granddads” Travel Air. It looked racy and sported a 300hp Lycoming. It was really eye opening to the type. I always loved the Pepsi Travel Air also. Just looking for more info on the type. The one below NC9831 sold for only $64k!
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    Hope this was taken during a take off!
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    The Travel Air has always been a favorite of mine. One of my aviation mentors had owned and flown many Travel Airs as AG planes. He would candidly admit that they flew better than the Stearman. I once got to work on the Pepsi Travel Air when a fuel tank seam was leaking and the starter went out. Travel Air.jpg
     
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    Lotahp1,

    Were you at the auction? Can you tell us more about the results? I'm curious what everything went for, especially the RNF and Stinson.

    Dan.
     
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    I heard the following:
    RNF. $25K
    UPF. $79K
    UIC. $80K
    170. $35K
    182. $107K

    Did not hear about the Stinson project. Friend of a friend bought the Travel Air.

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    Thanks.
    I got the rest of the list from the Waco forum.
    170B $36,500
    140 $19,500
    Cub $35,000
    182 $106,000
    UIC $80,000
    RNF $25,000
    UPF $79,500
    Travel Air $64,000
    N3N $68,000
    Ryan $47,500
    Yak 18 $41,500
    Staggerwing Project $53,000
    Stinson 9F Project $37,000
    P&W 985 0 SMOH $37,000
    Ham Standard 2D30 props $3,500 each
     
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    B1F750D7-BCEC-432F-B152-F44FFF7254D8.jpeg This is the 4000 I maintain. Has a Wright J-5 engine like Lindbergh had.
     
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    Wow, that’s a lot of airplane for $64K.
     
  8. Aug 22, 2018 #8

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    Where’s the Travel Air going?
     
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    Virginia.
     

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