Every once in a while, the opportunity to own a piece of a cool aircraft comes around. This typically takes the form of a small amount of fuselage. A former Boeing 707 once flown by Lufthansa is currently up for auction, including the opportunity of purchasing the aircraft’s cockpit. You can find all the pieces up for auction here.
The ultimate showpiece
Troostwijk Auctions is currently selling one of the most remarkable pieces of aviation history that we’ve ever seen. With bids starting at €5,000 ($5,785), the complete cockpit is sold as-is. Of course, it can’t be used on an aircraft, but the possibilities of using the former 707 cockpit are endless. You could turn it into an office, a flight simulator, or even just use it as a showpiece in an office. Most of the interior fittings have been removed. Some parts like the rudder pedals remain.
The hottest parts
A couple of the cockpit’s windows aren’t included in its sale. Interestingly, one of these is the hottest part of the auction. Since bidding began, 23 bids have been placed for one of the cockpit windows. Weighing approximately four kilograms, bids for the part currently sit at €370 at the time of writing ($428).
Also attracting interest is a fuselage piece featuring the logo of the city of Hamburg. So far, this piece has collected 22 bids, reaching a value of €350 ($405). The fuselage piece weighs about three kilograms and comes with some cables and stringers on the back.
An interesting aircraft
The aircraft has a pretty impressive history. It was initially delivered to Lufthansa as D-ABOD in 1960. The Boeing 707 was the aircraft that brought Lufthansa into the jet age. However, Lufthansa only kept the plane in service for 15 years, giving it to Lufthansa Technik as a training aircraft in Hamburg in 1975.
Sadly, for the same reason that Lufthansa had transferred it to Lufthansa Technik, it needed to leave the airline’s maintenance division. It just wasn’t up-to-date enough to train engineers. Rather than scrapping the aircraft, the aircraft was sold to Hamburg Airport for a symbolic €1 ($1.16). Hamburg Airport used the plane as a display piece and movie prop for many years, but the jet became too expensive to maintain this year and was parted out.
Fancy some instruments?
One of the most intriguing pieces from a technical standpoint is a flight engineer panel from the cockpit. This is covered with dials and knobs, formerly used to control the aircraft’s engines. Weighing 17kg, this part handled everything from remaining fuel quantity to fuel heaters and low-pressure warnings.
There are also other flight engineer panels and individual instruments up for auction too. Another engineer panel deals with the aircraft’s air conditioning and power. Meanwhile, one lot currently at €144 contains a range of indicator lamps from the cockpit. This is everything from green lights confirming the gear position to engine overheat warnings.
With 361 lots up for auction, there really is something for everybody, from aircraft controls to landing gear, fuselage sections to aircraft documentation, and even engines. Some arts, including a warning bell and a bus switch, are even currently priced as low as €5.
How does the auction work?
The plane parts auction will continue until 15:00 CEST on October 24th. Once the auction closes, every highest bidder will be invited to pay their winning bid. Winning bidders can collect items from the auction house in the north of Hamburg from November 10th to 12th between 10:00 and 16:00. Alternately, pieces can be sent around the world via UPS at the buyer’s expense.
More oversized items such as the cockpit section, landing gear, and engines will need to be collected from Hamburg by appointment. However, the auctioneers can help arrange for the transport of these at the purchaser’s expense. The largest part, the cockpit, can be placed on a low-loader truck sideways. The auction of D-ABOD can be found here.
Troostwijk Auctions sponsored this article.