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originally posted by: cmdrkeenkid
a reply to: RAY1990
They own both Mirage F1 and Atlas Cheetah airframes, among other things. I'm guessing someone just made a big logistical error and live missiles have been going in and out of there for ages, whether with approval or not.
originally posted by: VictorVonDoom
Shoot! Now I'm going to have to go back on eBay and try to remove the negative feedback I left for the seller. It wasn't his fault, apparently he did ship it.
The founder of Draken is Jared Isaacman is an American entrepreneur, pilot and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, a payment processing organization based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" for 2006, 2007 and 2008, and was the youngest person ever named as one of The Green Sheet's "Industry Leaders"
Shift4 Payments was founded as United Bank Card in 1999 by Isaacman in the basement of his family's house when he was 16 years old.
originally posted by: Drucifer
I’d be willing to bet this is less than nefarious. Somewhere out there is an aircraft tech saying “Oh #!!!! I FORGOT TO MOVE THAT CRATE AFTER I STRIPPED THE JET!”. It was found in a box of spare aircraft parts and Draken has 150 former military planes. I don’t think it’s far off base to assume someone, or a group of people, stripping a plane tossed it in a crate then someone else tossed a bunch of random parts in it not paying attention, crate gets sealed up and shipped out.
Sure, it could be completely nefarious and that same act was done on purpose to get the missile in someone’s hands, but I’d assume they’d find more than just a single air-to-air missile if that were the case.
originally posted by: RAY1990
I imagine you'd have to be a real clever clogs to arm and operate a missile like this. It's not like launching a firework.
It would appear to me that due to the nature of Draken that this was a serious logistical error. Interesting company though... I'm assuming they own some Mirage French fighter jets.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: TXRabbit
Depends on the country. For the US, no. For Spain, no idea. It might have simply been in storage waiting to be disassembled for shipping, or waiting for their version of EOD to pick it up and destroy it.