The Burbank Tournament of Roses will auction off, via eBay, the decorated biplane that was a key element in Burbank's 2010 Parade Entry "Barnyard Aces", which won Best Animation Trophy, for Best Animation and Motion, in this year's Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. This was the City of Burbank and the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association's first ever Animation Trophy win.
The plane, which is a replica of a Stearman PT-17, or Model 75 "Stearman" Kaydet, at 55% actual size. The plane was mounted on the float on a 15 ft animated boom, which suspended, rotated, and spiraled in simulated flight as it "soared" down Colorado Boulevard on New Years Day. The plane, was decorated with yellow strawflower, green ti-leaves and silverleaf.
A total of 9,783 PT-17's were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s, as a military trainer aircraft and were used throughout World War II. After the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civil market. In the immediate post-war years they became popular as crop dusters and as sports planes. One fun fact is that Steve McQueen owned a PT-17.
Interested parties will note that the tail stabilizer is notched out to allow for the movements the plane made during the parade. The plane, mainlybuilt from welded steel pencil rod, which is attached to a central beam made from three connected beams of 1.5 inch square tubing. The engine pilot is sculpted and constructed from foam.
The manifold covered with window screen and sprayed with a “cocooning” material as a base, enabling decorating materials to adhere. The landing gear has been reinforced from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade configuration. The wheels, also constructed of foam, are included separately. There’s a 110V AC gear motor that turns the propeller. A power cord runs the length of the fuselage and out the back.
For Auction link:
· eBay Item Search #: 200496564328
· Title Search: 2010 Rose Parade Float Stearman Biplane replica.”
The Auction will end at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2010. The opening bid is $500. The auction is being conducted by veteran eBay seller Stan Lynch, who teaches the eBay class at the Burbank Adult School.
All proceeds from the auction are going to the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association, towards the construction of the 2011 Float Entry, "Centennial Celebration", which has already begun it's construction process.
Those interested can get more information regarding the Plane or the auction, by contacting President, Bob Hutt or Vice President-Float, Steve Edward at 818-840-0060 (float site), and at www.burbankrosefloat.com, or email [email protected]