yet another 140A owner

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  1. GeorgeC

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    After years of tire kicking, obsessive research, and looking at Cherokees, Grummans, Ercoupes, Luscombes, and Pacers (and Mooneys and Bonanzas), I just pulled the trigger on a sweet 140A.

    Thanks, @Lowflynjack !
     
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  2. SixPapaCharlie

    SixPapaCharlie May the force be with you

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    You looked at Grummans but went with something else??

    Doesn't make sense.
     
  3. DFH65

    DFH65 Pattern Altitude

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    Pics or it didn't happen. Congrats!!!
     
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  4. DFH65

    DFH65 Pattern Altitude

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    He didn't say what Grumman maybe it was an Avenger and he couldn't afford to feed it. :)
     
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  5. jsstevens

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    Maybe he can't swim. :)
     
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  6. eman1200

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    CONRATS Gawgy
     
  7. jsstevens

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    And congratulations!
     
  8. DFH65

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    @SixPapaCharlie

    Grumman makes canoes and leaky planes, coincidence? I think not. :)
     
  9. Briar Rabbit

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    Excellent choice ! I have very good memories of flying a 1948 rag wing model I owned from 1970 til 1977. Trips from Montana to South Texas, Boston to the Bahamas and everywhere in between. Carried a pup tent and sleeping bag and had great fun!
     
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  10. jsstevens

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    And most of the their military planes were Navy.
     
  11. Mtns2Skies

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    Congrats George!!! Welcome to the Cessna taildragger club!
     
  12. Ryanb

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    Nice to know a bird that beautiful will be in good hands.

    Congrats!
     
  13. mscard88

    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Did you buy Jack's 140?


     
  14. GeorgeC

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    No, but he connected me with the seller and the A&P who did the prebuy.
     
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    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Cool, and congrats. Good times ahead!
     
  16. MickYoumans

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    THat's what I was thinking too!

    Congrats on the new airplane. Enjoy!!!
     
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    I hope the novel aircraft fits the OP's mission and gives him lots of good memories. Second happiest day of an aircraft owners life.
     
  18. BigBadLou

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    Wait, it comes with cannons? Cool!!!!!!!!!!
    "All traffic on short final please clear the area or you WILL be shot down. This is your last warning". :D


    Congratulations, btw, nice bird!
     
  19. Lowflynjack

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    You're welcome! You're going to love it, it's a sweet plane.

    For anyone curious, it's this plane! Cessna 140 Air-to-Air It might be the most photographed 140A in existence. When we were flying somewhere, it wasn't uncommon for me to tell Travis to form up on me.
     
  20. PilotRPI

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    Does it still count if someone else posts your pictures for you? That thing is gorgeous.
     
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    I helped Travis when he bought this plane. He had a Sport Pilot's License and flew a Luscombe, but wanted more range, and comfort. He's probably 6'2" and his Luscombe had the fuselage tank which left him sitting upright. We flew it back to Texas from Hilton Head Island, SC. Now he's got his eye on 170s, looking for something he can haul his family around in.

    The guy who did the pre-buy is Vic White, who is an A&P, owns a 140, and is one of the Cessna 140 Association's Texas State Reps. Who better to check out your 140A? :)
     
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  22. Travis L

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    Congratulations George, I hope that you and your son are able to have as many great memories as my son and I have in 140PD. I'm going to miss her a lot!
    It's time for me to step up the 170 search to overdrive!
     
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    Beautiful aircraft, I hope you enjoy many great hours and adventures in the air!
     
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    The Grumman spinner polishing procedure scared him off.
     
  26. Ronbonjovi

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    My first reaction when I saw this post was that he joked about selling his 140 for 35k and then an hour later you bought it :D. Awesome though! I have been keeping my eye out of one myself when I finish my PPL.
     
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    The Grumman he looked at might have had a "festive" paint scheme... :p

    Congrats GeorgeC! More pics!
     
  28. mscard88

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    That's what I thought too. Anyway now you know where you can get one for 35K. ;)
     
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    Nice,congrats.
     
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    I will be heart broken when that day comes, but it will. I've never kept a plane this long and I'm in love with so many different ones!
     
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    Clearly didn’t want to get his last plane first.
     
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    Congrats. It's a pretty one!
     
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    Congrats!
     
  34. GRG55

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    Congratulations! That is such a gorgeous classic. You won't be bored flying that beauty, or showing it off on the ramp.

    I don't know exactly what it is about the Cessna 140, but back in 1985, on my first trip to Oshkosh, there was a beautiful polished 140 with green accents tied down on the end of one of the rows and I just had to walk by and admire it every single morning that week.
     
  35. SixPapaCharlie

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    I made a quip but I forgot the congrats.

    I bet you are on an emotional roller coaster.
    Me and @JCranford bought planes about the same time and were texting frequently "I feel sick, what the hell am I doing buying a plane?"

    coaching each other through the 7 stages of buying an airplane:
    1. Falling in love with the first (and wrong) plane
    2. Falling in love with the second (and wrong) plane
    3. Giving up
    4. stumbling across a plane that is perfect and almost ignoring it because of 1 and 2
    5. Waiting for the prebuy to prove you are an idiot
    6. telling your wife "look. It's a depreciated asset. We can always sell it"
    7. driving out to the hangar and talking to it, cleaning it and whispering, "you take care of me and I will take care of you"

    Congratulations!

    C'mon w/ the pics!
     
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    Before I completely forget, for posterity, the process looked like this:
    1. Submit loan application to AOPA Finance. I was expecting a simple credit check but this was pretty detailed. Mortgage, cars, w2, paystub, account balances, retirement, everything.
    2. When you clear AOPA's hurdle, they send your info to the lender. More paperwork.
    3. Among other things, the lender needed a certificate of insurance, a sales agreement, and logbook entries from the most recent annual inspection and engine overhaul.
    4. Getting insured was quick and easy. I used AOPA Insurance.
    5. Wire the deposit.
    6. Bank wires the loan amount the night before the closing.
    7. Seller gets paid and the buyer gets the bill of sale and temporary registration.
    While some things like the prebuy inspection were handled out-of-band, pretty much everything stayed on rails and was driven by escrow or the lender.

    Escrow fees were $450, as was the prebuy. Insurance was about $1200. Tiedown for a year was $1100. Expecting about 1 AMU to have it ferried home.
     
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    ...Expecting about 1 AMU to have it ferried home...

    Ferried home? :eek:

    Get out there and fly that baby home! Hire Jack to sit right seat if you have to. Besides, he'll take some great pics of the trip. :)
     
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    for the AOPA insurance, do you know who they farmed it out to? I also went thru AOPA but the insurance is provided by Elevon Allianz, which was far cheaper than all the other quotes.
     
  39. GeorgeC

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    AIG.
     
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    Lucky for you, the A model of a 140 is actually the 2nd, or "B" in the design series...congrats!

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