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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Nicolae Ceausescu’s presidential plane goes on sale at auction in Romania

The Rombac "Super One-Eleven" plane that Romania's former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu used for official flights between 1986 and 1989 will go on sale at Artmark's "All-Star Game" auction on May 27.

The aircraft, considered a jewel of the local aviation industry, has a starting price of EUR 25,000.

ROMBAC 1-11 (or Rombac One-Eleven), the first and only passenger plane built in Romania, was publicly presented in August 1982. The first official flight was performed in the autumn of the same year at Bucharest's Baneasa airport, in front of the entire Romanian state leadership. Its inaugural flight with passengers took place in January 1983, on the route Bucharest-Timisoara, while the first international flight was performed in March of the same year on the Bucharest-London route.

Romania thus became the first communist state in the world, except for the USSR, to produce a jet passenger plane, Artmark said. The engines were manufactured at the Aerofina and Turbomecanica local plants, under a Rolls Royce license.

The "Super One-Eleven" plane was used for Nicolae Ceausescu's official flights for four years, between 1986 and 1989.

Another special item on sale at the same auction is the Negresti presidential plane used for official flights during the first term of former president Ion Iliescu. This was the last Rombac 1-11 built in Romania. Its starting price is EUR 25,000.

"Given the extreme rarity of these models and the model's importance for the technical history of Romania, the two aircraft were classified as national cultural patrimony, in the threasure category. […] The planes are put up for auction within the patrimonial liquidation of the former state enterprise Romavia," Artmark said.

The aircraft on sale at the "All-Star Game" auction can be seen online on the auction house's website, or on the platform of Henri Coanda International Airport, inside the 90th Otopeni Air Transport Base "Aviator Commander Gheorghe Bănciulescu."

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Artmark)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Nicolae Ceausescu’s presidential plane goes on sale at auction in Romania

The Rombac "Super One-Eleven" plane that Romania's former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu used for official flights between 1986 and 1989 will go on sale at Artmark's "All-Star Game" auction on May 27.

The aircraft, considered a jewel of the local aviation industry, has a starting price of EUR 25,000.

ROMBAC 1-11 (or Rombac One-Eleven), the first and only passenger plane built in Romania, was publicly presented in August 1982. The first official flight was performed in the autumn of the same year at Bucharest's Baneasa airport, in front of the entire Romanian state leadership. Its inaugural flight with passengers took place in January 1983, on the route Bucharest-Timisoara, while the first international flight was performed in March of the same year on the Bucharest-London route.

Romania thus became the first communist state in the world, except for the USSR, to produce a jet passenger plane, Artmark said. The engines were manufactured at the Aerofina and Turbomecanica local plants, under a Rolls Royce license.

The "Super One-Eleven" plane was used for Nicolae Ceausescu's official flights for four years, between 1986 and 1989.

Another special item on sale at the same auction is the Negresti presidential plane used for official flights during the first term of former president Ion Iliescu. This was the last Rombac 1-11 built in Romania. Its starting price is EUR 25,000.

"Given the extreme rarity of these models and the model's importance for the technical history of Romania, the two aircraft were classified as national cultural patrimony, in the threasure category. […] The planes are put up for auction within the patrimonial liquidation of the former state enterprise Romavia," Artmark said.

The aircraft on sale at the "All-Star Game" auction can be seen online on the auction house's website, or on the platform of Henri Coanda International Airport, inside the 90th Otopeni Air Transport Base "Aviator Commander Gheorghe Bănciulescu."

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Artmark)

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