Vintage Army plane will drive surface streets to Scottsdale auction


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 11:04 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The annual Barrett-Jackson auction in North Scottsdale will feature a vintage United States Army plane this year.

But first, auction organizers have to get it there.

They have hired off-duty Scottsdale police to help shut down the roads and escort the Cessna plane from the Scottsdale Airpark to Westworld.

Retired Army pilot Ross Schoneboom will be behind the controls, driving the plane roughly two miles to the auction site along the closed-off surface streets.

Schoneboom flew the Cessna, known as a "Bird Dog," to Scottsdale from Kansas.

Cessna bought the plane from a man in North Carolina.

Schoneboom said the plane goes up for auction Jan. 18, and the winner will also receive a restored Army pickup truck.

"It'd be great to stick it in a hangar and look at it, but it was built to fly," he said. "I hope whoever buys it will get out and fly it."

Cessna donated the plane to the auction and will give proceeds to programs that serve military veterans.