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10/24/2008 - Bid Live Online at Proxibid for Dick Ward’s Excalibur 800 Twin Bonanza Aircraft
 
Omaha, NE — October 24, 2008 — Proxibid, the world’s largest provider of live auction webcasting solutions, is pleased to provide live online bidding for United Country Beloit Auction & Realty’s upcoming auction of an Excalibur 800 Twin Bonanza aircraft and other personal items owned by Dick Ward.  The auction, slated for Saturday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. EST will be open for live, online bidding via Proxibid.  Registration and pre-bidding for this auction is already available at proxibid.com/beloit.

Until his recent passing, Mr. Ward served as president of the Twin Bonanza Association, and was a highly respected figure in the Beechcraft airplane community.  The Excalibur 800 aircraft available in this auction has a rich history.  After being operated for a few years by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the aircraft was donated in the late 1980’s to a Wisconsin Community College, where it was used by A&P mechanic trainees for educational purposes such as inspections, gear retractions, and taxi training.  In December 1997, this training aircraft was replaced with a donated KingAir and declared surplus to the school’s needs.  Forward Horizons (Mr. Ward’s Company) then purchased the aircraft and conducted its high grade restoration.

More than 375 lots, including the 1960 Excalibur 800 Twin Bonanza aircraft, will cross the block during this live auction event.  One-of-a kind finds, from historic memorabilia, parts, and autographed books to a complete shop of tooling and fabricating tools will be available in this auction.  Bidders will not want to miss the opportunity to bid live on the following featured items in this auction:
•    Lot 229:  Beechcraft Swerigen Excalibur 800 Lycoming IO-720s complete Garmin upgrade engines and completely refurbished paint and leather.
•    Lot 229A:  80' X 100' “Forward Horizons” Aircraft Hangar setup for any professional restoration projects.
•    Lot 231:  John Deere 2000 series industrial tractor.
•    Lot 242:  1946 Type Certificated Serial #10 Johnson Rocket with Lycoming 435 engine, custom fuselage rotating fixture.  All wood. Appears air-worthy. Parts have been disassembled and cataloged.
•    Lot 337:  Lycoming IO-720-A1A  400 horsepower engine with documentation.

“We at United Country Beloit Auction & Realty are honored to have the opportunity to be commissioned for this historic event in Three Rivers, MI. Anyone who is present on Auction day will have a rare opportunity to take home a piece of Richard “Dick” Ward’s life accomplishments,” said Rich Ranft, president of United Country Beloit Auction & Realty.  “Offering this auction live, online, enables airplane enthusiast across the globe the opportunity to participate and win these rare gems.”

For more information about this auction, to register to bid or to pre-bid, please visit proxibid.com/beloit.

About Proxibid

Since 2002, Proxibid has webcast more than 11,000 auctions – more than any other company in the industry.  Proxibid’s proprietary live Internet bidding service and Web site were developed by auctioneers and industry-leading professionals to provide our bidders with the most user-friendly and comprehensive live online auction experience possible. 

Proxibid’s customer service and support is unmatched in the industry.  The company’s toll-free support center is open before, during and after every live auction, and is staffed with bi-lingual auction specialists who assist both bidders and auctioneers.  For more information about Proxibid, please visit us online at www.proxibid.com.

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