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Old 01-30-2009, 03:30 AM   #31
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AOPAs database shows 4228D to be registered to Dan aero Inc in Hooks TX 75561
Yep that was his FIRST V35... I never flew in that one. It has the 225HP Continental, the other V35 is a 285hp IO520...
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:04 PM   #32
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Pol, here is a thought one getting the “rights” for purchase of your grandfather’s planes. In real estate buyers will sometimes pay an owner a small fee to enter into an option. The option gives the holder the right to buy the property if he so chooses. Generally in real estate the option has a duration and purchase price. I’m sure that the format could be modified so that it is open ended and price to be negotiated at the time of sale. That way when the current owner comes to the point of selling you would get the “right of first refusal”. To make the contract binding you would likely have to pay a small fee to the owner. Good luck on your bid to reclaim some family history.

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:36 PM   #33
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I will give you all some regular updates on what happens when I correspond with this guy. Thanks for all of the well wishes.

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:49 PM   #34
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Pol, that whole story is really cool and eerily familiar. My grandfather, too, was a "flying farmer". He grew up watching the mail planes fly over and said the same thing your grandfather did, "some day that will be me." He saved up silver dollars and bought his first plane in the late 40s/early 50s. He had his own air strip on his farm and flew into the mid 70s. Then quit on account of Nana's worrying.

He's part of the reason I love flying and why I became an aircraft mechanic in the Marines. He's still alive... going on 86 now.

Anyway, I really hope you someday get that plane.

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:58 PM   #35
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Wow, amazing! My grandfather bought his first Cessna in 1948, a Cessna 152. His next was a Cessna 170... followed by (2) Beechcraft V35s. All paid in full, all paid in cash. That alone is freaking amazing. He flew until the mid 80's when he lost his medical due to his cancer.

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