Skip to comments.Man Gets Top Secret Fighter Jet’s Canopy For Peanuts—Now Selling It On eBay For $620,000
Posted on 12/25/2011 9:13:41 AM PST by redreno
Back in the 80s, the United States Navy wanted a stealth aircraft to replace the A-6 Intruder. McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics came up with an ultra-secret flying wing design, an alien-looking aircraft called the A-12 Avenger II. It never flew.
Fast forward 30 years and go to eBay. Someone named Seth Kettleman is selling its canopy for a whooping $620,238. How did this happen?
Kettleman is probably going to get that amount or more. After all, this is the only part of this secret airplane to reach public hands. Nobody else has anything else about this fabled jet, ultimately killed by major development problems and the arrival of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. He says it's completely authentic:
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Man those idiots like slinging the term “Top Secret” around. I doubt they even know the criteria for classification.
Hmmmmm.....Dad wants a canopy for his pickup......$620,000?????????.....looks like Dad gets another tie for Christmas next year.
The A-12 sounds like the version of the SR-71 that had weapons, a supersonic dogfighter aircraft.
The SR-71 was a reconnaissance version. The F-12 was the interceptor version. I think the A-11 and A- 12 were the development test models.
nowadays top secret is an integral part of resale value...
It would make a good aquarium......
Well back then we were FIGHTING Communism, not BECOMING Communist/s;)
The A-12 under the Oxcart Project at Area-51 was the CIA portion of what became the SR-71. There’s some great photos floating around of one upside down on a pedestal where they were doing radar work. When the Soviet satellites came over they would blow a horn and everyone would run to get everything covered up. It was called “toot and scoot”.
Bet the Iranian bid will win.
The McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II was a stealth carrier capable attack aircraft developed for the USN, but canceled before any prototypes were complete.
Is the latter A-12 that this canopy was purportedly built for.
Where does one search on Ebay for such a thing, and what kind of person searches for that stuff, a “hoarder of weird stuff”?
It’s sitting in a self-storage unit. I could just imagine the gang from Auction Hunters when they saw off that lock and roll up the door.... YYYYUP!!!
The Navy A12 of the 80’s has nothing to do with the SR71 /CIA’s A12 of the 60’s
From a private airplane hanger being torn down, I "liberated" a brand-new aircraft canopy from an industrial-sized dumpster. An unknown quantity, I think it was designed for an aircraft of just one passenger, and is made of 3/8" thick polycarbonite. It's still in its original sticky-wrapper, about 3'x4'; but sadly, not shaped adequately for aquarium use.
In response to my ad (for less than $600,000), I got a call from an interested party who wished to make a doggy trailer for his motorcycle: this was to become the windshield. LOL!
Look at all the rivets and holes around that thing. I wonder about “stealth.” I need to look at photos of a Raptor.
To be clear, he’s “asking” $620k. He’s only “selling” if someone ponies up.
That’s a good story. I’ve heard it in person from Brian Shul, whose story it is.
“Walt” is Walt Watson.
Or a -really- cool canoe.
glad I’m on our side...
I need a top for the Factory Five roadster I’m building
Well, there ya go, then.
I think anyone these days with “Top Secret” clearance is basically low man on the totem poll - a rookie!
There are classifications that don’t even fit into that type of scheme anymore. Or so I’ve been told...
How about "information challenging documents"?
I provided weather satellite scout support to those early flights 62-64.
Expensive machine work would have been done on those rivets if the program went further. My guess is that the rivets that stick out were only temporary just to try and show the assembly as further along than it really was.
Nice gift, wasn’t it! All in one piece.
Look at all the rivets and holes around that thing. I wonder about stealth. I need to look at photos of a Raptor.
The last few photo’s look as if the rivets are countersunk and the holes weren’t filled and smoothed yet ... possibly a trim panel was to go over the lip?
Wasn’t supposed to be made of composites?
$620,000 and the guy is going to charge $400 for shipping? Make him pay the insurance.
I was once told about a moment that occured with the first weather satellite. They turned it on and saw a huge system out in the South Atlantic headed toward the Northwest. It was called the “Oh my G..” moment. Have you ever heard that story?
A poorly written sentence on my part...I hated to say toward the U.S. because I didn’t know...what I meant was in a Northwesterly direction. :-)
It is only worth what someone writes the check for, not the asking price.
I worked on the US Navy A-12 Avenger II Stealth Attack Aircraft project at General Dynamics Aircraft Division, Fort Worth, TX from 9/1989 to 1/1991 as a RAM Engineer (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability) and this aircraft was being designed as an “all composites stealth attack aircraft” for the US Navy. Of course, the US Air Force was also very interested in it, if it made the DoD cut. I was assigned to the fuel systems, hydraulics systems, and munitions systems project groups. This aircraft was an “extremely classified” project at the time and was programmed to out fly any aircraft in the Navy fleet. It was so stealthy that it showed up on radar only as a pin point on a square mile plot, if you can imagine that. Talk about the proverbial needle in a haystack! It was a shame that there was so much financial cost overruns on the project, but in the supply chain (both internal and external) people could only see huge $$$ coming from the DoD; everyone had their hands out wanting more $$$. Another huge issue as with the “partnership” companies communicating or the lack there of. In my mind, if the project had made the DoD cut, it would have created extensive amounts of work/jobs in the aerospace industry (and other associated industries, too) for the USA. Enough said...