Item Information


Sale-Lot Number:
City, State:
Moffett Field, CA
Current Bid:
8,000 USD (Reserve Not Met)
Close Time:
08/24 11:02 AM CT (Closed)
Time Remaining:



Lockheed C-141A, MFG date: 01/01/1971. The C-141 Kuiper Airborne Observatory was a highly modified Lockheed Starlifter. Its telescope has been removed. The aircraft has been stored outdoors and has not maintained for the past 17 years. History: Aircraft was used as part of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory; the world~s longest-term dedicated astronomical observatory to make routine observations of the infrared sky from a vantage point in the stratosphere. During its operational lifetime, spanning over 20 years, it made many important discoveries, including more detailed knowledge about the atmospheres of planets, the existence of rings around planets other than Saturn, about accretion disks, or proto-planetary systems around other stars, and new insights into star formation. Though it was not the first airborne observatory for astronomy, it was the first to be operated routinely as a national facility. Its predecessors, Galileo I and II, have been scrapped, so it is the only living legacy of the old airborne program. For additional historical information, please click the below link titled "Historical Information". ****Aircraft is inoperable and not flight worthy; sold for parts only. Many components, including the telescope, cockpit, one engine and other key components, have been removed from the aircraft and shall not be made available to the winning bidder. Repairs are required and parts are missing. Inspection is highly encouraged prior to bidding. ****The removal time frame will be extended so that the "End Use Certificate" DLA form can be completed by the winning bidder and must be approved by the Department of Defense (DoD before the aircraft shall be awarded and released to the winning bidder. The End Use Certificate form is attached below. Please note that assessment of the winning bidder~s End Use Certificate shall take 60-90 days or more (from the date the completed EUC is received by DoD). *****REQUIREMENTS FOR REMOVING THE AIRCRAFT AND PERFORMING WORK AT NASA AMES ARE INCLUDED IN THE BELOW LINKS TITLED: (1) Critical Lift Plan; (2) HazMat Instructions; and (3) Non-Critical Lift Plan. These requirements must be submitted by the winning bidder to NASA and approved by NASA before the aircraft shall be released to the winning bidder. For more information, please contact Damon Ried at or phone: 650-604-3827 ****NOTE TO BIDDERS: This auction is subject to the following provisions. These items are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 C.F.R. Parts 120 through 130). Bidders must be U.S. Citizens to participate in this auction and must not be listed on the Department of Commerce Denied Persons List and the Department of State Debarred Parties List, as well as the Excluded Parties List System. Successful bidders will be required to show a previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport or two proofs of identification at the time of removal from NASA locations; (1) proof of U.S Citizenship in the form of a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or State; Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth (Form FS-240, FS-545 or DS-1350); or Naturalization Certificate (Form N-550 or N-570) or Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561), and (2) proof of identification in the form of a Government or State issued photo ID. Visit must be scheduled 48 hours (normal working hours) in advance of pick-up with the NASA Point of Contact. In the event, the successful bidder is unable to remove item(s) from the property location in person, they must (1) declare under the penalty of perjury that they are a U.S. citizen and (2) send the attached Declaration of citizenship notarized by a Notary Public to NASA 48 hours prior to removal. The agent picking up property for the purchaser must provide proof of citizenship and identification (similar to above) when picking up the property. The NASA representative will check and identify the recipient in this case and record their name on the sales receipt. These provisions supersede the sales receipt. These provisions supersede the Online Sale Terms and Conditions which you accepted when you first registered. By submission of your bid on this auction, you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of this auction including these amended provisions.


Additional Documents

Critical Lift Plan
HazMat Instructions
Non-Critical Lift Plan
End Use Certificate

Special Inspection Information

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Please contact the custodian for inspection dates and times and for removal arrangements.

Property Location and inquiries/questions regarding property inspection and/or removal:

Ames Research Center
Ms 255-4
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Contact: Damon Reid
Phone: 650-604-3827

For inquiries/questions regarding payment, contact the following sales office:

Sales Office, 2nd Floor E 2570
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco , CA 94102-4912

Phone: 415-522-2891
Fax: 415-522-3019

For inquiries/questions regarding contractual issues, contact the following sales contracting officer/property disposal specialist:

Phone: 415-522-2899

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Auction Properties

Current High Bid
8,000 USD (Reserve Not Met)
Reserve Price
Reserve Price Amount
Bid increment
1,000 USD
Inactivity period
Run length
Inactivity period for reduction of Bid Increment
Reduction of bid increment
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Start Time
08/10 11:00 AM CT
Close Time
08/24 11:02 AM CT

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Bidders in the Auction (Current top 10 bidders)

Bidder Bid Amount Date-Time
Bidder#3 (Reserve not met) 8,000 USD 08/24/2018 10:52:05 AM CT
Bidder#2 7,000 USD 08/23/2018 05:07:17 PM CT
Bidder#1 6,000 USD 08/23/2018 10:14:15 AM CT

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