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1946 Luscombe 8A // The Roots Of Flight // N1616K

Auction Start: October 25, 2023
Auction End: November 1, 2023 12:00 pm

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Location: Raymond, Kansas
Description: An evening golden hour joyride calls from this mirror polished 1946 Luscombe with a 65 hp recently overhauled engine and Hamp electric start. The father and son team that currently owns it spends their spare time flying and looking after this beautiful machine. Recent major maintenance items include: new windshield, new upholstery, rebuilt Bendix Mags, and rebuilt Airspeed Indicator.
Airframe Details
  • All Polished Metal with Iconic Luscombe Blue Logo and Stripes
  • TT 2556]
  • Fuel Capacity 14 gal.
  • Stall Speed  45 mph
Engine Details
  • Cont A-65 ( 172 SMOH)
  • Compression mid to upper 70’s
Propeller Details
  • Rebuilt McCauley # 34194 (1B90/CM7443)
Avionics Details
  • Battery powered Trig TY 91 VHF radio
  • Battery powered iFLY 720 GPS
  • Battery power/ w built in generator
  • Levi Aviation BOM (Broadcasting outer Module)
Additional Features
  • Complete hard copy maintenance manuals
  • Logs back to 1961
  • Fuel Capacity 14 gal, 13 gal usable
  • Range  4.5 GPH approx 2.9  hrs. flight time
  • Cruise  90 indicated at 2350 RPM
Polished aluminum with iconic Luscombe blue stripe trim and logo
Grey Reupholstered 2021
Auction Details
Contact Phone: 254-735-5030
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Registration Number: N1616K
Make: Luscombe
Model: 8A
Required Deposit: $1,500
Buyers Premium: 6%
Start Date: October 25, 2023
End Date: November 1, 2023 12:00 pm
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Chasing Golden Hours in Kansas Skies with the Luscombe N1616K

In the heart of the vast Kansas farmland, where golden hours stretch endlessly across the horizon, a father, his son, and the son’s close friend embarked on a remarkable journey. Their trusted companion, the Luscombe N1616K, became the key to unlocking the beauty of these golden moments from the skies above. This is a tale of shared passion, the thrill of flight, and a classic aircraft with a history as rich as the Kansas soil it soars above.

The Legacy of Luscombe:

The Luscombe N1616K, like all Luscombe aircraft, bears the heritage of a company steeped in aviation history. Luscombe Aircraft Corporation, founded in 1933, was renowned for its commitment to creating all-metal aircraft, marking a significant innovation in aviation technology at the time. This dedication to quality and craftsmanship is a legacy that lives on in the N1616K.

The Flying Trio: Two at a time

This trio of aviators, the father, his son, and the son’s friend, united by their shared love for aviation, discovered the N1616K as the perfect vessel for their golden hour flights. With a history dating back to the mid 1940s, this aircraft has witnessed the changing seasons of the American midwestern farmlands from a birds eye view.

The Skin Makes N1616K Shine: The details make it a joy to fly.

  • Airframe: The N1616K boasts an all-metal airframe with a total time of 2556 hours. Its 14-gallon fuel capacity ensures extended flights over the picturesque Kansas landscape, and its stall speed of 45 mph allows for graceful swoops and maneuvers.
  • Engine: Powered by a Continental A-65 engine with 172 hours since major overhaul (SMOH) and compression levels in the mid to upper 70s, the N1616K is as reliable as they come.
  • Propeller: The aircraft features a rebuilt McCauley propeller (#34194/1B90/CM7443) that ensures optimal performance and efficiency.
  • Avionics: With a battery-powered Trig TY 91 VHF radio, iFLY 720 GPS, and a Levi Aviation BOM (Broadcasting outer Module), the N1616K is equipped for modern navigation.
  • Additional Features: The aircraft comes with complete hard copy maintenance manuals, logs dating back to 1961, and a range of 4.5 gallons per hour, affording approximately 2.9 hours of flight time at a cruising speed of 90 indicated at 2350 RPM.
  • Exterior and Interior: Its polished aluminum exterior adorned with blue stripe trim gleams in the sunlight, while the interior was tastefully reupholstered in 2021.

A Chance to Soar with N1616K:

For those captivated by the allure of vintage aircraft and the allure of golden hour flights over the Kansas landscape, the N1616K represents a rare opportunity. This classic bird will be available for auction from September 21st, 2023, to October 25th, 2023. The minimum bid is set at $5,000, with a buyer premium of 6% and a $1,500 deposit requirement.

As this timeless aircraft seeks its next steward, it carries with it not only the history of Luscombe but also the memories of countless golden hour flights over the enchanting Kansas farmland. To the highest bidder, the N1616K promises not just a mode of transportation but an invitation to join the ranks of those who have experienced the magic of flight under the golden Kansas skies.

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of aviation history and chase golden hours like never before with the Luscombe N1616K


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