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Louise Thaden's #81 Bendix Cup Race Winner

Tuesday November 14, 2023 - November 21, 2023

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Buyers Premium: 4% of the final sale price


Auction Details:

Virtual Data Room: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QBXIKkoZJzAv3MfFLdoMHIfg--M_tKr0?usp=drive_link

Blog: https://airspaceauctions.com/louise-thadens-triumph-in-the-1936-bendix-cup-changing-the-sky-for-women-in-aviation/?preview_id=4371&preview_nonce=a1d18b087b&preview=true&_thumbnail_id=4436


Location: Oklahoma CIty, OK

Description: This 1936 Bendix Race winner is mid-restoration. With many original parts and original production, purchase and logbooks this aircraft is a collector or historians dream. This is verified to be #81, the aircraft Louise Thaden owned and flew in the years following her win at the Bendix cup along with her copilot Blanche Noyes. Does this aircraft belong in your museum or collection?

Contact AirSpace to schedule a viewing.

Documentation Details:
Original logbooks, factory order receipts, chain of ownership, historical research, build plans and more come with this aircraft proving that it was Louise Thadens C17R.

Airframe Details:
The wings and tail have been recovered. The fuselage wood and metal work has been completed. All metal surfaces are sealed with epoxy. The restoration work completed is top of the line. Wings are properly restored with the hidden racing flaps on the underside. Original windshield is intact and has chips from the original Shewin Williams Blue noted on the original order paperwork included.

Restoration is upwards of 65% complete.

Engine Details: 

Wright 975 - awaiting restoration
The C17R was powered by an air-cooled, supercharged, 971.930-cubic-inch-displacement (15.927 liter) Wright Whirlwind 440 (R-975E3) 9-cylinder direct-drive radial engine with a compression ratio of 6.3:1. The R-975E3 was rated at 420 horsepower at 2,200 r.p.m., and 440 horsepower at 2,250 r.p.m.


Contact Phone: 254-735-5030

Contact Email: aircrew@airspaceauctions.com

Registration Number: N15835 (former)

Make: Beechcraft

Model: C17R

Required Deposit: $5,000

Buyers Premium: 4%

Start Date: November 14, 2023

End Date: November 21, 2023 12:00 pm

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