posted on Nov, 25 2006 @ 06:09 AM
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
Well I've heard of guys who have bought MiG-21 and F-18
To get an active service First World Country fighter plane is only going to be possible if the thing was declared a total loss and was to be scrapped.
Even then, all the avionics and important stuff is stripped from the plane before it’s sold. You would basically get an unflyable empty shell, and I
guarantee you that no-one is going to sell you the parts to get one flying. Even some of the parts that you can get on the open market are so
expensive that no single person is going to own one of these things. A large aviation group might be able to buy, restore, and maintain one, but that
is about it.
Here check a few of the prices that you can actually get at on this site, and you’ll see what I mean.
Some of the knobs run around $300, and that is just for he plastic knob, it does not even include the pot that goes behind it.
Once you start talking jets, the cost goes through that roof. A normal aircraft is beyond what most people can afford to maintain on a monthly basis.
Not only do you have to pay to store it, but also for fuel, overhauls (about every couple hundred hours), insurance, etc. The only thing that might be
more expensive to maintain then a normal jet is a helicopter. Once you start getting into military stuff, even retired and foreign style aircraft, you
end up with another problem, parts availability.
How about trying something like an X-Plane, its far more reasonable for most people and many have that same inline fighter cockpit feel.
How about this one, it only runs about $69,500: P-51 Kitplane