You may have flown the virtual version of this airplane over the Chicago skyline, or upside down over Michigan Avenue, and now's your chance to own the real thing.
N105MM, the Extra 300L featured in Microsoft Flight Simulator X, is about to be sold via online auction.
“Someone is about to get an exceptional airplane with quite a unique and storied history,” said AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden. “It’s been a real privilege getting to know this amazing airplane—and saying goodbye to it is going to be bittersweet.”
Williams donated the airplane with the understanding that AOPA eventually would sell it and proceeds would support AOPA initiatives such as defending U.S. pilots’ freedom to fly, member products and services, and the Air Safety Institute.
N105MM will travel to Lakeland, Florida, for the 2023 Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, where it will be displayed at the AOPA tent. The online auction will conclude during the event, and the auction winner can take ownership at the place of their choosing.
The 1998 airplane was built in Germany and has flown a total of about 1,650 flight hours; its Lycoming IO-540 engine has about 750 hours since its last major overhaul. Its Garmin instrument panel was upgraded last year at Southeast Aero with three Garmin GI 275 all-in-one attitude instruments, a Garmin GNC 355 GPS/com, and ADS-B In and Out.
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