Got a Hangar?
Some people will have to rent a storage space to house a family heirloom. Some people will have to find a hangar.
Airplanes are not the most traditional of heirlooms, what with their enormity and all, but plenty of them are considered collectors' items and are therefore passed through generations -- something like vintage cars, only they require a special license to "drive" and won't squeeze into a garage.
Northern Arizona Today tells of Charles Downey of Arizona, a retired Naval aviator who has a vintage, 1941 Meyers light aircraft he considers a family heirloom (and a lucky one at that: He crash-landed it in 2009 and emerged without a scratch). Simon Kingston of Switzerland also has an heirloom plane, a 1930 Gipsy Moth housed in England. It was owned by his father years before, and, according to British newspaper EDP, is currently the oldest aircraft in Britain sporting a certificate of airworthiness.
Up next, an heirloom that calls for a freezer.