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British man buys SeaHarrier jet on eBay
PA News ^ | 27 Apr 2007

Posted on 04/27/2007 9:17:04 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

A builder is celebrating after snapping up a model plane with a difference.

Neil Banwell, 39, bought a full-size Sea Harrier Jump Jet on the internet auction site eBay for just £10,000.

Father-of-three Mr Banwell from Wedmore, Somerset, has now given the 26-year-old fighter plane pride of place in his back garden.

The Harrier Jump Jet XZ494, which would have cost around £35 million new, is believed to have seen action in the Falklands War, 25 years ago.

Mr Banwell saw the plane, which has no engine, up for auction on eBay and decided to enter a bid.

He said he was amazed when his bid was accepted and he realised he was to become the new owner of a 45ft fighter bomber.

He said: "There are lots of parts missing but I'm doing it up.

"It was such a surprise to discover the plane on eBay in the first place and it got even better when I found out I'd been successful with the bid.

"It was a bit of a shock when it was delivered as they are quite big."

Mr Banwell will now study records to find out more details about the history of his plane.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aerospace; ebay; harrier; seaharrier; uk
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1 posted on 04/27/2007 9:17:05 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

He is now armed nearly as well as th UK.


2 posted on 04/27/2007 9:18:52 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If that ain’t the mother of all lawn ornaments . . .


3 posted on 04/27/2007 9:19:55 PM PDT by dighton
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Geez, I never even thought of doing a search for military aircraft on ebay. Wonder what the shipping costs were?
4 posted on 04/27/2007 9:25:23 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Man that is a beauty!


5 posted on 04/27/2007 9:25:58 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I wonder if his wife is pleased? “snicker”

From the way the article is written, it sounds almost like an offhand, spur of the moment purchase by an inexperienced buyer.

Good for him though; he’s keeping a bit of British history alive and making a magnificent pro-military statement.

And now he knows....yes, when you enter a bid at eBay it really does mean that you’re entering into a buyer’s contract and when you win, you really will get the item :-)

All sorts of fun stuff comes up for sale there....I recall a WW2 vintage aircraft carrier up for sale once as well as lots of other big, fun military stuff. All you need is money and a place to put it :-)


6 posted on 04/27/2007 9:31:46 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Here's a nice tracked cargo carrier, bidding starts at 35k

eBay Motors M548 Tracked Cargo Carrier, Military Truck, Army, Tank (item 260111724153 end time May-01-07 183607 PDT)

 

And here's a military landing craft in case you need to invade Iran ahead of the troops   :-)

eBay.ca 56 FOOT LCM6 MILITARY LANDING CRAFT TWIN DIESEL (item 130105596213 end time 01-May-07 175828 EDT)

 

7 posted on 04/27/2007 9:46:33 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
More pics from the Sun:

The Sun Online - News Have a look war I got on eBay

Jump jet ... Sea Harrier, top left, engine chamber, bottom right and Neil Banwell with his proud purchase, right

Jump jet ... Sea Harrier, top left, engine chamber, bottom left, and Neil Banwell with his proud purchase, right

8 posted on 04/27/2007 10:10:36 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Very cool, but he needs to lose the blue tape around it, and have it properly guarded by a phalanx of garden gnomes.


9 posted on 04/27/2007 10:32:09 PM PDT by omnivore
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To: omnivore

Gnome phalanxes are good, flamingo strikes are not.


10 posted on 04/27/2007 10:36:25 PM PDT by dighton
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To: omnivore

That would be the *mother* of all treeforts!

Or, install a small HD screen, cable feed, refrigerator, sound system, and more padding for the seat, and it’d be a hell of a den!

He could probably make his money back lending it out to movie companies too.


11 posted on 04/27/2007 10:38:10 PM PDT by ByDesign
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Talk about a dumb waste of money.

I guess if I had the $$ to toss around, I would go for a later version of the Mig-21’s that are/were out on the market. I read up a lot on the development history of the airplane, and it was designed so a 19 year old could fly one fairly quickly.

No that does not mean he was trained enough to survive his first 5 dogfights.


12 posted on 04/27/2007 10:58:22 PM PDT by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

His HOA is going to have a coronary...


13 posted on 04/27/2007 11:34:44 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy
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To: dighton

I want one (with the U.S. Marine Corps paint job). WAY to GO GUY! Semper Fi...


14 posted on 04/28/2007 12:03:36 AM PDT by stumpy
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Going to give a whole new meaning to "Keeping up with the Jones".
15 posted on 04/28/2007 2:32:19 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Samwise; alfa6; Peanut Gallery

Yard art ping


16 posted on 04/28/2007 6:38:31 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Of course I'm a parent. Who else would use a Winnie The Pooh shot glass?)
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To: Professional Engineer; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Samwise; alfa6
Howdy y'all

Reminds of one of my previous lives. Remember about 10 to years ago when Pepsi ran thier Pepsi points promo. If you collected like 7,000,000 points you could get a Harrier Jet!!!

Well at the time I was running a small plastic recycling company where we reground milk jugs, pop bottles and the such to be used as feedstock in making moe plastic stuff. Well we started noticing a lot of Pepsi points going by on the conveyor so we started collecting the bottles hoping to get enough points so that we could get the Harrier:-)

Sadly we were not succesfull, bummer, but we did collect about 3 to 4,000 points apiece between the 4 of us that worked there. We had all sorts of cool things show up

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

17 posted on 04/28/2007 9:45:32 AM PDT by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: dighton
If that ain’t the mother of all lawn ornaments . . .

And I thought a swing set was a pain to mow around.

18 posted on 04/28/2007 9:47:52 AM PDT by TN4Liberty (Conservatives want to destroy terrorism. Liberals want to destroy conservatives.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

There was some M60 tank searchlight/targeting spotlights on Ebay last year I was bidding on, I know of some people that have bought them, they are like a smaller compact version of Klieg lights used at special events.


19 posted on 04/28/2007 9:54:32 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: omnivore

That picture isn’t the airframe that was sold on ebay. What the buyer got was was simply a shell of an airframe.


20 posted on 04/28/2007 2:56:37 PM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: stumpy

You won’t get a Sea Harrier in USMC markings.

The nearest you’ll get is an ex-USMC Harrier pilot who owns an ex-Royal Navy Sea Harrier.

Art Nalls is shortly to make his first flight in the newly civilian registered Sea Harrier.

http://www.nallsaviation.com/

http://www.nallsaviation.com/PHOTOALBUMS/SHARPHOTOALBUM.htm


21 posted on 04/28/2007 3:08:11 PM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: alfa6

I have to wonder if anyone ever got it?


22 posted on 04/28/2007 6:06:12 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: sukhoi-30mki

nice toy


23 posted on 04/28/2007 6:17:18 PM PDT by Wheee The People (Go FRed)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
I don't know. I don't like buying high end items on eBay.

I bought an F-18 Hornet a few years ago. When it finaly arrived in the mail I found out that it didn't work! I had to spring for the return postage!

Ever since then I stopped buying military hardware on eBay.

24 posted on 04/28/2007 6:27:09 PM PDT by R_Kangel ("Please insert witty tag-line here")
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To: R_Kangel
I hear you. I bought a FireFox and everything was working great on it, only you had to think in Russian.

It arrived in the dead of winter so I decided to use frozen over Lake Michigan for a takeoff runway. Unfortunately it broke thru the ice and sank on me, and since it is completely stealthy, I cant locate it..., sigh.

25 posted on 04/28/2007 7:11:05 PM PDT by RunningWolf (2-1 Cav 1975)
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To: snippy_about_it

There was a guy who tried to buy it from Pepsi. I forgtet all of the details but when they wouldn’t sell the Harrier he tried to sue. The judge tossed the suit saying any reasonable person would have known it was just an ad gimmik. At least that is they way I recall it.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


26 posted on 04/28/2007 7:51:18 PM PDT by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: snippy_about_it; alfa6
http://www.snopes.com/business/deals/pepsijet.asp
27 posted on 04/30/2007 12:22:29 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo

Thnaks Yo-YO for finding that Snopes article. I didn’t realize that there were “investors” involved. Other than that it was pretty much as I recall the story.

Regards

Alfa6 ;>}


28 posted on 04/30/2007 2:48:41 PM PDT by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Thanks yo-yo for the rest of the story. :-)


29 posted on 04/30/2007 4:57:47 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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