February 18, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Two days ago, a scrapped F-16 Fighting Falcon was put up for an EBay internet auction. The starting price was $1 million. The aircraft was being sold by the Landa Associates firm from Seattle which represents the interests of an anonymous aircraft seller.
When more than 300 applications were received and its price soared up to $99 million, the firm removed the lot and announced that part of the applications were forged. The Pentagon and the FBI are investigating how the scrapped F-16 has become the property of a private company.
Yesterday, Landa Associates also started an internet auction for two MiG-29 Fulcrums at an opening price of 3.5 million dollars each.
The two aircraft are advertised as 'restored after overall repairs'. One of the MiGs was produced in 1983 and has only 40 hours of flying time after the restoration, the other one was produced in 1986 and has 110 hours of flying time. Fuselage numbers and identification signs are missing. You need to have received a permission to take part in the auction.
The auction ends on February 24th.
Last week Landa Associates was also in the news for auctioning a former Blue Angel F/A-18A Hornet