Hoke Museum Selling Donated Airplane
The Raeford-Hoke Museum recently received the donation of a 1966 Cessna airplane by Carole Williams, wife of Billie Williams, who owned Southmoore Heating and Cooling and who passed away several years ago.
Billie, who also was fire chief of the Pine Hill Fire Department, donated the plane to the Emergency Service Museum, which was built in 2011 in honor of all first responders in Hoke County. The museum's main exhibit is a 1926 firetruck, the first one used in the county.
The airplane is being sold by sealed bid, with a minimum bid of $24,000. It has just had a fresh annual checkup, completed this month. Bids will be opened at noon Friday, March 15, in front of the museum.
The plane had been stored in a hanger the last several years at the Moore County Airport. It was recently flown to a private airfield outside Raeford under cover.
The Raeford-Hoke Museum is located at 111 South Highland St. in Raeford. Museum hours are Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee.
A poster with detailed information about the plane is on the Raeford-Hoke Museum website, Raeford HokeMuseum.org.
Questions may be directed to David Willis at (910) 818-6342.
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