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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 11
tor heads, two Smiths twin pointer fuel tem-
perature indicators and more than a hundred
other items.
No telling when the auctioneer would
suddenly announce Lot 5620. A couple of
times, I heard him call out "Lot five, six ..."
before I realized it wasn't the Rolls Royce
jet engine. Six and one-half hours later (by
then nine thirty in the morning Houston time)
we finally got to it.
The auctioneer gave an especially long-
winded introduction and immediately some-
one bid $10,000. In a matter of seconds, I
heard bids for $11,000, $11,500, $12,000. The
price quickly rose to $15,000. I heard as many
as a dozen voices shouting at once. At $30,000
the pace slowed, the voices grew less enthu-
siastic, the pauses longer. I bid for the first
time at $32,000. For long seconds no one bid.
Then someone offered $33,000 then some-
one else $34,000. We were down to two bid-
ders. "Do I hear thirty-five? Do I hear thirty-
five?" the auctioneer shouted. A voice offered
$35,000 and I countered and he countered
and I countered again.
"Going once. Going twice." Pause. "Sold,
one Rolls Royce SNECMA Olympus jet engine
at the price of thirty-eight thousand dollars."
2010. Concorde engine in various stages of being disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled prior to display at
the Austin Executive Airport. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.