WWII Military Plane Part of California Estate Sale

Attendees at a California estate sale had an interesting item to consider in the home’s backyard shed: a World War II military airplane. Owned by the late William G. Simmonds, Jr., an aviation collector and enthusiast, the plane was purchased in 1962.

The Taylorcraft L-2, dubbed “the Grasshopper” by pilots during the war, was only used for enemy reconnaissance. Its slow top speed (93 mph) and inability to fly very high (top altitude, 10,000 feet) made its use limited. The plane hasn’t been flown since the 1980s, when Simmonds had to give up his pilot’s license due to a medical condition.

The asking price for the plane during the estate sale was $22,000. Several individuals inquired about it but none offered up the cash immediately according to the salesman for the Sacramento-area estate sale company.

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Source: www.upi.com

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