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For sale on eBay, a real flight of fancy:Decommissioned Harrier with an asking price of just 69,999
Mail Online, UK ^ | 3rd February 2011 | Ian Drury

Posted on 02/02/2011 8:23:46 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

For sale on eBay, a real flight of fancy: Decommissioned Harrier with an asking price of just £69,999

By Ian Drury

Last updated at 1:42 AM on 3rd February 2011

It was the iconic fighter plane that helped Britain triumph in the Falklands War.

Now aircraft enthusiasts are being offered the chance to snap up a Harrier jump jet to keep in their back garden. The last of the first generation of the revolutionary aircraft is being sold on the auction website eBay.

Bargain: The world's last first generation two-seater Harrier jet is on sale on eBay at an asking price of £69,999 complete with both cannon and missile storage pods

For internet shoppers keen to buy this piece of military history, it’s as easy as ordering a book or CD – all they need do is click on ‘Add to cart’. However, first they will have to meet the asking price of £69,999.

The sale is particularly poignant as the Government announced to widespread outrage in October last year that it was scrapping the country’s fleet of Harrier jump jets to save money.

Considered one of the country’s greatest technological achievements, the British-built military jets were the first in the world to take off and land vertically. Introduced by the RAF in 1969, their ability to hover above the ground enabled the aircraft to fly in and out of battlefields that conventional jets could not reach.

The 700mph plane stamped itself on the national consciousness when it played a crucial role in the UK winning back the Falklands after they were invaded by Argentina in 1982.

It shot down 25 enemy aircraft without a single loss in air-to-air combat.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aerospace; ebay; harrier; t2; uk

Will it fit my hangar?

1 posted on 02/02/2011 8:23:48 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Brofholdonow; spetznaz; Perdogg; Yo-Yo; Citizen of the Savage Nation; OldNewYork

Ping!!


2 posted on 02/02/2011 8:24:58 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

DIBS!


3 posted on 02/02/2011 8:29:06 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I certainly hope a civilian owner doesn’t try a Vertical Take Off without a lot of training and experience.


4 posted on 02/02/2011 8:31:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Relics of a conquered Empire, sold off for a pittance.
5 posted on 02/02/2011 8:35:42 PM PST by Captain7seas (FIRE JANE LUBCHENCO FROM NOAA)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Owning one is like marriage...It’s not the initial cost, it’s the upkeep.


6 posted on 02/02/2011 8:38:31 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I can afford the plane but not the fuel bill to fly it!!!!


7 posted on 02/02/2011 8:43:03 PM PST by dalereed
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To: GeronL

The Harrier has always suffered from UPS.

Unexpected
Plummeting
Syndrome

It’s a cool plane, but operational losses have always been very high.


8 posted on 02/02/2011 8:45:44 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: dalereed

The fuel is nothing compared to the costs to get it airworthy and keep it that way.

In the dim and distant past, a friend owned a steamship line, and I knew about a Sea Dart that was available for the storage fees.

He was going to have it loaded on one of the ships until we discovered that a very significant percentage of those planes had self destructed in flight without warning.

Verily, the stuff of dreams - or nightmares.

PS The Russians have some interesting planes available very reasonably, if one remembers that fuel is dirt cheap in Russia and their engines are very thirsty.


9 posted on 02/02/2011 8:49:59 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: GeronL

My husband would probably love to have one to take out for a good head rush once in a while. If anyone wants to buy it for him, he would probably let you ride in the back.

Oh wait - is it a two or one seater?


10 posted on 02/02/2011 8:53:58 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (*********************End automatic pay raises for congresscritters**)
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To: MediaMole
"The Harrier has always suffered from UPS.

This guy ejected from his, and damn near landed back in it!

11 posted on 02/02/2011 8:56:19 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GladesGuru

“The fuel is nothing compared to the costs to get it airworthy and keep it that way.”

No doubt at least 10 hours of maintainance for every flight hour!

I’ll just keep my sights set on a Lancair P-4!


12 posted on 02/02/2011 9:05:44 PM PST by dalereed
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“Will it fit my hangar?”

Are the cannon, bombs, rockets and missiles included?;)


13 posted on 02/02/2011 9:07:58 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: sukhoi-30mki
When I was at MCAS Beaufort, SC... They told the tale of a Harrier demo at PI that went squirrelly. Plane started losing stability at hover, pilot ejected... sideways into an oak tree. No idea if it was true or not.

I do know that the week before I checked in, a seat tech had punched herself through the main hangers roof. Forgot to put the pins in the ejection seat before attempting to remove it for service apparently. Hole was still there as were the blood stains...

14 posted on 02/02/2011 9:12:48 PM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: GladesGuru
In the dim and distant past, a friend owned a steamship line, and I knew about a Sea Dart that was available for the storage fees.

A Sea Dart was a pretty rare piece when developed. I think he would have made his money back by reselling to an aviation museum.

15 posted on 02/02/2011 9:22:01 PM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Captain7seas

Exactly


16 posted on 02/02/2011 9:48:33 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Nailbiter

ping


17 posted on 02/02/2011 10:00:52 PM PST by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: Dead Corpse

Was in tech school with a gal that was a former USAF crash photographer (oy). She told a tale of an F-4 Phantom II that rolled and caught fire. As I recall, she said it stopped and the backseater had undone his belts and was going over the side when it appears the pilot was unable to get his loose and punched the eject, with the guy halfway over the side. She had to photograph it all. Tragic.


18 posted on 02/03/2011 2:46:00 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: GeronL

Training’s the rub. You get the jet for cheap, but then spend a boatload on training. And then there’s the maintenance issue. After 26 years in service, I’m sure it has a few things that need tending to.


19 posted on 02/03/2011 3:21:37 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Lucas electrics?


20 posted on 02/03/2011 3:25:39 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Captain7seas
Relics of a conquered Empire...

Not conquered, surrendered.

21 posted on 02/03/2011 3:28:44 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Sarajevo

Most air museums are more likely to need donations than purchases.

Given that we would have flown it had it arrived, it was better to avoid temptation.

It was an interesting plane, however. It tended to develop a “porposing” movement on takeoff. The test crews thought that perhaps the pilots were so well trained that their reflex times were too fast. So, they tried low time pilots for taxi tests. Same results.

The “porposing” was both regularly encountered and did not interfere with a successful take off. But, it was a hint of the level of difficulty in making a mildly hypersonic fighter into a seaplane.

For those interested, the Russians developed quite an array of seaplanes. When one has few roads, lots of land area, and communism (and permafrost) has crippled your land transportation facility development, seaplanes become very useful.


22 posted on 02/03/2011 7:42:43 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
£69,999.

How much is that in REAL money?

;^)

23 posted on 02/03/2011 7:46:30 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The 700mph plane stamped itself on the national consciousness when it played a crucial role in the UK winning back the Falklands after they were invaded by Argentina in 1982.

Not to mention the appearance in TRUE LIES when Ah'nold offed the bad guys and rescued his daughter with one...though that one was a single seat version.

24 posted on 02/03/2011 7:50:05 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: MediaMole
but operational losses have always been very high.

Most due to operator error.

25 posted on 02/03/2011 9:13:03 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: AFreeBird

Well, if you were a pilot and you can afford the fuel and you never try VTOL it might be cool.


26 posted on 02/03/2011 11:06:27 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: GeronL

Well, yea!


27 posted on 02/03/2011 2:21:53 PM PST by AFreeBird
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