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Buddy Holly Cessna 172 N8556B Plane and Signed Flight School Log Book. Since 1957, it has been widespread knowledge that Buddy Holly was interested in flying, and in fact, had taken flying lessons. Little information was available to researchers or fans until now. Larry Holley,his brother, owned a plane and was often accompanied by Buddy on leisurely flights with him. In order to be able to pilot the plane himself, Buddy would need a license, so he began taking flying lessons at Champs Aviation in Lubbock, Texas. Through the decades, the only factual evidence found was a record of payment to Champs for nine dollars for one lesson on November 5, 1958. (Plane Wing # N9274B ) (Recorded in the log book being sold with this plane). Until the discovery of the log book offered here, this flight lesson was believed to be the only one that Buddy Holly had ever taken. Larry Holley discovered the book among Buddy Holly's belongings. He sold it directly to the present owner and validates this sale on a YouTube video. Though the present owner initially wanted the log book for the documentation of the Holly flight lessons and for the Buddy Holly signature within, he soon became curious about the planes he had flown. This curiosity brought him to the discovery via the FAA that the N9274B plane no longer existed. But, the Cessna 172 N8556B plane was registered to a Mr. Larry R. Stewart. The owner of the log book was able to track down Mr. Stewart who was unaware of the Buddy Holly connection to the plane . Together they have partnered to bring this unique combination of plane and flight log book to this auction. The plane is flown regularly and is in excellent service condition. It is the wish of both owners that the plane and the log book remain together to preserve the historical significance of this monumental find. Considerable additional information regarding this lot is available for provenance and documentation Please contact the gallery. *Buddy Holly removed the e from the family name when assuming his stage name. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ADDED ON AUG. 4TH. NEWLY DISCOVERED FOOTAGE OF BUDDY HOLLY TAKING A FLIGHT LESSON AT CHAMPS AVIATION LUBBOCK TEXAS IN 1958. FILMED BY BUDDY HOLLY DURING THE FLIGHT. THE VIDEO IS 1 MIN. 49 SEC. LONG AT THE START BUDDY HOLLY DOES A 360 DEGREE ROTATION WITH THE CAMERA FILMING HIS BROTHER LARRY'S PLANE WHICH IS IN RED. ALSO, YOU SEE BUDDY HOLLY'S CAR IN THE AIRPLANE BUNKER (PINK). YOU CAN SEE THE LOGO OF CHAMP'S AVIATION LUBBOCK, TEXAS ON THE TOP HEADING OF THE AIRPORT (WHERE THE LESSONS WERE TAKEN). THIS MATCHES THE MATCHBOOK LOGO WHICH WILL BE SOLD WITH THE FLIGHT LOG BOOK WHICH IS A PART OF THIS LOT. THE CHAMPS AVIATION LOCATION MATCHES ALL THE LOG BOOK DETAILS FROM 5 LOG BOOKS IN LARRY STEWART'S POSSESSION PLUS THE BUDDY HOLLY PERSONAL LOG BOOK OF HIS FLIGHT LESSONS WITH DATES WHICH IS BEING SOLD AS PART OF THIS LOT. IN THIS EXTREMELY RARE FOOTAGE BUDDY HOLLY CAN BE SEEN FILMING THE VIEW AS THE PLANE TAKES OFF. HE LOOKS INTO THE CAMERA FOR A BRIEF MOMENT BETWEEN 1 MIN. 24 SEC AND 1 MIN 28 SEC. AND YOU SEE HIM IN HIS FAMOUS GLASSES. BUDDY HOLLY IS ALSO SEEN WITH HIS BROTHER WALKING A STOOL OVER TO THE PLANE. IN THE FINAL SECTION OF THE FOOTAGE, HE IS LEAVING CHAMPS AVIATION WITH HIS BROTHER WHO IS RUNNING. THIS FOOTAGE IS FROM BUDDY HOLLY HOME VIDEOS. A REMARKABLE DISCOVERY TO SAY THE LEAST.**The Plane is being sold FOB Ocala, Florida**

Condition

Plane is in flying condition, flies regularly and is maintainted regularly

Starting Bid

$50,000.00

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Buddy Holly Cessna 172 Plane and Sgd Flight Log Book

Auction ended on Sat, Aug 19, 2017
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Estimate $100,000 - $150,000
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