What America Did With 295959 Wwii Aircraft
In 1939, the United States produced less than 3,000 military aircraft. With Americas entry into World War II, every business possible joined the War Machine to build aircraft and other war materials. By the end of the War, Americas workers produced 295,959 aircraft ranging from bombers, fighters, reconnaissance, trainers, transports and communications aircraft. Of those, more than 65,160 were lost due to training accidents test flights, ferrying the aircraft to their destinations and in overseas operations.
Though many more were lost in battle, Americas military aircraft and her crews played a major in the victory over the Allies enemies in World War II. Then, peace descended upon the Earth. With a surplus of 150,000+/- airplanes, the U.S. government thought about storing them. In spite of the government enjoying spending money willy-nilly, they felt the cost to store them, in the event of a future need, at $20 per aircraft per month, was a bit exorbitant. Though aircraft left overseas were buried, bulldozed or sunk at sea, more about the environmental issues in another article, a huge number returned home to America for storage, sale of entire aircraft or parts and scrapping. Scrapping won that War.
- BT-13 Valiant $450
- B-17 Flying Fortress $13,750
- B-24 Liberator $13,750
Obsolete aircraft assigned for short-term storage and disposal, were transferred to one of 28 storage locations, including eight large disposal facilities at:
Air Equipment For Sale
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Added: Maritime equipment for sale.
Addition of: Advance notice for the potential sale of the Ascom 35t boat lift for further use.
Addition of: MOD surplus inventory for sale.
Addition of: Notice of the potential sale of the former HMS Bristol for recycling only.
Addition of: Notice of the potential sale of the former RFA Austin and RFA Rosalie for recycling only.
Added the Notice of the potential sale of the former HMS Walney page.
Added the Notice of the potential sale of the Former RFA Diligence.
Added the notice of the potential sale of the Former HMS Atherstone.
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Added details for potential sale of Terra Nova.
Added the sale of the former HMS Gleaner page.
Added Notice of potential sale: former RFA Diligence a forward repair ship.
Added Potential sale of the former HMS Walney.
Added a link to the advance notice for the potential sale of former RFA ships Gold Rover A271 and Black Rover A273.
Added information about Submarine Dismantling Project market engagement day.
Added sale of former RFA Diligence.
Added Sale of 1 car ferry and 1 passenger ferry.
Tips For Participating In Government Auctions
The general rule for auctions is that the highest bidder wins, and cancellation is not possible. Check with the auction site ahead of time to find out if you can cancel a bid.
Each auction website operates differently. In some cases, the government agency itself runs the auctions. In other cases, the agency operates the shopping site, but a third-party company handles the auction itself.
Find out what forms of payment auctions accept. There is no uniform payment policy across all the different auctions. Some auctions accept credit card payments or personal checks. Others, such as the Internal Revenue Service , don’t accept either of these. Most auctions accept cashier’s checks.
For real estate auctions, you may need to work with a broker or real estate agent to bid or make the purchase. Also, for real estate auctions, find out if financing is permitted. Many times it is not and the full purchase price is due when you win the bid.
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Hawker Siddeley Harrier Gr3
The Hawker Siddeley Harrier was developed by Hawker Siddeley for the Royal Air Force in the 1960s. The vertical/short take-off and landing concept was repeatedly attempted during this time period. The Harrier was the first to be successful. The RAF ordered both the GR.1 and GR.3 variants and a slightly modified version known as AV-8A was exported to the United States Marine Corps in the 1970s. The GR.3 was a single-engine, single-seat jet measuring 46 feet in length with a 25 foot wingspan. It was powered by a Rolls Royce Pegasus 103 turbofan. Four vertical flight puffer jets utilized engine bleed air, mounted in the nose, tail, and wingtips. Due to its V/STOL capability, the Harrier didnt require long runways and ground facilities like that of other fixed-wing aircraft. The aircraft proved important and effective in the Falklands War. It was retired from RAF in 2011 and some of these military aircraft for sale can be found on the open market. Dont want the hassle of owning the real thing? Grab this Harrier Model Aircraft Kit.
Exchange/ Sale Of Aircraft
GSA helps reduce federal waste by supporting efforts to sell or reuse older assets. As aircraft age, government agencies can work with GSA to modernize their fleets by exchanging or selling aircraft for newer replacements. The proceeds from an exchange or sale can be used to pay for part or all of the new aircraft.
Managing Government Aircraft Exchange/SaleIn order to exchange or sell Federal aircraft, agencies must meet the requirements detailed in Federal Management Regulation 102-33 Management of Government Aircraft, sections 102-33.275 thru 102-33.295. Those sections include information on:
- Considerations before replacing aircraft via Exchange or Sale
- Options for replacing an aircraft
- Special disclaimers in Exchange/Sale agreements for non-certificated aircraft or aircraft that have been operated as ‘public aircraft’s
Personal Property DisposalFMR 102-39 Replacement of Personal Property Pursuant to the Exchange/Sale Authority, regulates the Exchange/Sale of personal property, including Federal aircraft. Federal Aviation Program Managers can find guidance on:
- How to exchange/sell property
- When to exchange/sale federal aviation assets
- Restrictions and prohibitions on the Exchange/Sale of Federal aircraft
- Required documentation and reports associated with the Exchange/Sale of Federal aircraft
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Government Aircraft On The Cheap
Every year the federal government auctions off to the public a handful of its used business-class jets, turbine helicopters and turboprops at prices that, at first glance, seem ridiculously low. Over the last decade, buyers walked away with deals that have included $30,000 for a Falcon 20, $101,000 for a Sabreliner 75A, $387,000 for a Turbo Commander 690A and $399,000 for a Gulfstream II. Not all of these are junkers or were previously flown by now-incarcerated coca-growing enthusiasts from South America. A few years ago, a late-model Pilatus PC-12 turboprop sold this way for around $2 million-less than half the price of a new one.
Before you get your hopes up, keep in mind that the site often lists no bargain aircraft-or no aircraft at all. To grab a deal, you have to check listings regularly, and then move fast if you find something you want. Moreover, when it comes to buying surplus government lift, caveat emptor definitely applies, said Drew Della Valle, a spokesman for the U.S. General Services Administration’s personal property division, the office charged with disposing of surplus government aircraft.
Not surprisingly, the policy often “prevents reutilization of aircraft” by the government, Della Valle said. So off to the open market it goes, and when it sells the GSA takes a cut for its disposal service, which, Della Valle pointed out, at least pays for GSA expenses and overhead associated with its aircraft sales activities. And buyers often get a deal.
Military Airplane Boneyards And Scrapping Depots After World War Ii
Military aircraft played a key role in the United States’s victory over enemy forces in World War II.
|Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighters stacked vertically at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas after World War II|
However, once peace was assured, the military found itself with a huge surplus of aircraft. The United States had manufactured about 294,000 aircraft for the war effort. Of that number, 21,583 were lost in the United States in test flights, ferrying, training accidents, etc., and 43,581 were lost en route to the war and in overseas operations.
By 1944 the U.S. Foreign Economic Administration began a program to scrap certain obsolete, damaged and surplus military aircraft overseas. Following the war, estimates of the number of excess surplus airplanes ran as high as 150,000. Consideration was given to storing a substantial number of airplanes, but the realization that the expense to store them was too great … many needed to be sold or scrapped.
Some U.S. military aircraft overseas were not worth the time or money to bring back to the States, and were consequently buried, bulldozed or sunk at sea. Most, however, were returned home for storage, sale or scrapping.
What to Do with Tens of Thousands of Surplus Aircraft
Within a year of the signing of peace treaties, about 34,000 airplanes had been moved to 30 locations within the U.S. The War Assets Administration and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation handled the disposal of these aircraft.
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Mitsubishi A6m Zero Reisen
The Mitsubishi A6M Reisen was the quintessential Japanese air power during World War II. The Zero fighter was designed by Mitsubishi but was co-produced by Nakajima. The two companies built more than 10,000 Zeros between 1939 and 1945. Japanese Navy staff directed Mitsubishi and Nakajima to submit proposals in 1937 for a new aircraft to replace the Mitsubishi A5M carrier fighter. The Zero had legendary numbers in air kills after entering combat service in 1940. The current price for a Zero Fighter is unknown.