Courtesy Aircraft Sales Marks 500 North American Aviation Models Sold Since 1992

Warbird specialist Courtesy Aircraft Sales started out selling Cessna, Piper, and Champion GA aircraft.

Courtesy Aircraft Sales is offering T-28 ground school and other perks to customers through the end of the year. [Courtesy: Courtesy Aircraft Sales]

Courtesy Aircraft, the well-known warbird brokerage firm based in Rockford, Illinois, announced that it is the first company to reach 500 North American Aviation aircraft sales since 1992.

To help mark the occasion, Courtesy is offering clients a one-year membership in the North American Trainer Association and a three-day professional T-28 ground school for all North American T-28 aircraft sold during November and December.

“Five hundred North American Aircraft sold is a great milestone for Courtesy Aircraft Sales”, said company president Mark Clark. “We are very pleased that our customers have recognized the value of our brokerage services. Five hundred North American Aircraft sold in 31 years is the result of our commitment to provide our customers with the best service in today’s warbird market.”

Courtesy said it has sold thousands of aircraft since the business began in 1957 as a Cessna dealership. The company expanded during the 1960s to include sales of new Piper and Champion aircraft.

The company also moved into the used aircraft market, which led to its involvement with warbirds in the 1970s. Since then it has focused on warbird fighters, trainers, bombers, and transport aircraft. Several of these warbird sales included P-51 Mustangs, T-6 Texans, and other North American Aviation models. The company said its employees are still gathering pre-1992 sales records from old files for a final overall sales count.

While Courtesy is best known now for warbird sales, it continues to market general aviation aircraft, which account for about 20 percent of its overall sales.

“Courtesy Aircraft’s goal is to keep all aircraft transactions as smooth as possible,” Clark said. “We are thankful for our customers and their commitment to preserve and fly our great military aviation history. We look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence in the sales of both warbirds and civilian aircraft for years to come.”

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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