Lands One Of A Kind McDonnell Jet For Sale

Prototype Biz Jet For Sale To Collector, Museum Or Entrepreneur
McDonnell 220
McDonnell 220
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Laguna Beach - California - US

July 18, 2011 - PRLog -- (, a Company associated with Daily Deal TV ( , announced today that it has added a historic one-of-a-kind business jet from the late 1950’s to its inventory. Company Co-Founder and President David Valenti will personally handle discussions with interested parties which are expected to include collectors, museums and entrepreneurs. The plane will be sold for a combination of barter and cash or all cash. will evaluate any barter suggestions and introduce the offers to the plane’s owner. A general overview of the valuation will be provided upon request to qualified parties.

When first designed and created, military, government, domestic, and foreign sales markets were investigated, and in 1959 various sales firms were commissioned to assist McDonnell’s sales efforts. The airplane was considered for use as a bombardier and navigator trainer, as an airways and air communication service aircraft, as an advanced interceptor radar investigator trainer, as a high altitude electronics countermeasures trainer, as an electronics test bed, as a high speed transport for hauling combat troops, priority cargo, or for emergency evacuation of casualties. Since the cabin had a wide, flat floor and a full 74-inch headroom throughout its length, the airplane had a large cargo capacity and flexibility for loading. has the ability to provide direct insight into the plane and its potential uses from the owner who has a strong knowledge of the plane’s history. A brief description of the colorful history of this plane includes:

The McDonnell 119/220 was a business jet produced by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in the mid-1950s. It had a configuration that was unique by bizjet standards, with four jet engines mounted in individual pods underneath a low wing; it could accommodate 10 passengers in a luxury executive configuration but could carry as many as 26.

The Model 119 was originally designed to compete for the U.S. Air Force's UTX/UCX (Utility-Trainer Experimental/Utility-Cargo Experimental) contract, but when it lost to the Lockheed L-1329 JetStar (called the C-140 in Air Force service) in the fall of 1959, the McDonnell corporation began efforts to market the type commercially. The company's first tactic was to draw up a deal with Pan American World Airways that would have involved the airline leasing 170 jets for five years, but when no other airline orders materialized, McDonnell decided that opening up a new assembly line for 170 leased aircraft was unfeasible. Instead, they renamed the plane the Model 220 (to commemorate the start of the company's second 20 years of existence) and commenced wide-ranging marketing efforts to sell the aircraft as a business jet, including contacting the 750 largest corporations in the United States.

The McDonnell Corporation used the airplane as a VIP transport for a few years before donating it to the Flight Safety Foundation's research facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The commercial failure of the Model 220 is credited with being one of the reasons
McDonnell never again attempted a commercial project before merging with the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967.

The sole prototype McDonnell 220 remains in outdoor storage at El Paso International Airport in El Paso, TX. It current owner is in Arizona and is represented by  

All inquiries should be directed to David Valenti , . Principals only should contact Mr. Valenti via email.
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Tags:Airplane, Business, Barter
Industry:Aerospace, Internet
Location:Laguna Beach - California - United States
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