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Buying an F-86 in 1977....

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That was very interesting.  Led me to search a few names online after watching.  

There are, and have been, some very dumb people on this earth.

 

(Besides the controversy, what a great airplane.)

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yes military aircraft should be available for sale.  Of course stripped of any armarment and electronic warfare equipment or sensitive electronics.  Just the bare green aircraft.

Of course strict regulations regarding qualifications should be enforced.  But at least the civilian market would keep old aircraft alive.

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Clarkson's piece was much the way I remembered being told about McEwen's stunt. The aircraft were in fact partially disassembled but, to render them unflyable, their wing spars were to be "cut" with no definition of "cut". The rest of the story I remember was that a dull file was taken to each wing spar that left but a scratch. The new owner then considered the spars cut. Some of the aircraft made their way to the third world but can't remember any details.

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The funniest part about the story is the American collectors "flew under the radar" because the fact the Canadair CL-13 was a Sabre just went unnoticed at the time they were imported.

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On 1/12/2019 at 9:09 PM, Kip Powick said:

There are only two aircraft I wished I had had the chance to fly;.

The Spitfire

The F-86

My Dad did the Spit! In anger, no less.

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