This 1929 Brunner-Winkle Bird Model A Is a Golden Age ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Originally designed around the Curtiss OX-5 engine, many Brunner-Winkles received air-cooled radial transplants.

The Brunner-Winkle Bird has connections with Charles Lindbergh. [Courtesy: Martin Chorley]

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After years of owning and operating modern all-metal or composite aircraft for the usual business, family travel, and leisure activities, many pilots look for ways to branch out into less-traveled, more adventurous areas of aviation. Some develop a craving for the singular experience of flying a biplane from aviation’s golden age between the world wars.

When the bug bites, you are left with a choice: Which biplane suits me best? Among the numerous candidates, WACOs, Stearmans, Fleets, and Travel Airs often come to mind first. But have you considered a Brunner-Winkle Bird? It was a popular model in its day before the Great Depression cut production short. This 1929 example is looking for a route back into the air after a stint at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon.

Much of the Bird’s appeal stems from its forgiving, harmonious handling. Indeed, Charles Lindbergh taught his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to fly in a Bird. One has to figure that he could have chosen just about any airplane for the job, so perhaps his decision reflects the airplane’s flying characteristics. 

This Brunner-Winkle Bird has 1,020 hours on the airframe and 208 hours on its Continental W670-16 engine. Early Birds were designed to use the Curtiss OX-5 V-8 engine. Later models used Kinner 5-cylinder radials. Upgrades continued over the decades to include more powerful engines like the Continental.

Pilots looking for a between-the-wars biplane that you do not see every day should take a look at this 1929 Brunner-Winkle Bird Model A, which is available for $90,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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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