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Posted: 10/1/2005 8:50:06 AM EDT
Is it possible to purchase decommissioned military aircraft? (mainly helos)

I would kill for a Blackhawk or Little bird (without armaments, of course).
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:54:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:59:53 AM EDT
Now I think a Cobra would make you the coolest kid on the block!!!
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 10:17:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 10:58:29 AM EDT
I've seen some Hueys and Cobras on eBay from time to time. A company in Florida has them for sale. I don't know the company name.


Link Posted: 10/1/2005 11:01:41 AM EDT
I saw a show a couple weeks ago called "Tycoon Toys" and one of the guys on there owned a Cobra, even had demilled rocket pods and the nose gun. IIRC it said there were only a few of them of them in civilian hands and he paid right around $1 million for it. I seriously doubt you will ever see a Blackhawk surplused out, the Little Bird would be a lot easier, you could just buy an MD500 and paint it matte black.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 11:03:18 AM EDT
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?

Link Posted: 10/1/2005 11:49:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2005 11:57:22 AM EDT by Colt_SBR]

Originally Posted By napalm:
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?




Huey

Link Posted: 10/1/2005 12:14:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?




MD-500 you could almost afford to fly on a regular basis...
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 12:14:22 PM EDT
These guys have some cool toys!

www.armyav.org/
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 12:19:23 PM EDT
Military helos aren't FAA certified. They would have to be registered as "Experimental" aircraft.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 2:48:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RRTX:
I saw a show a couple weeks ago called "Tycoon Toys" and one of the guys on there owned a Cobra, even had demilled rocket pods and the nose gun. IIRC it said there were only a few of them of them in civilian hands and he paid right around $1 million for it. I seriously doubt you will ever see a Blackhawk surplused out, the Little Bird would be a lot easier, you could just buy an MD500 and paint it matte black.




One of the owners of an AH-1S Cobra has repeatedly been chased by cops, thinking the helo was stolen. Even held at gunpoint at his local airfield until things got sorted out. Cobra airframes, completely stripped, have been mistkenly sold through DRMO and forcibly taken back from the "owners". Every DRMO has a clause that allows this.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 6:43:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?




Huey...no doubt
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 6:46:05 PM EDT
C'mon a little bird would rock!! You could land anywhere!!
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:32:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jb241970:
C'mon a little bird would rock!! You could land anywhere!!



Are those side exterior seats available for civie purchase?
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:37:31 PM EDT
I believe the LittleBirds of BHD fame and what Blackwater flies are stripped/converted whatever MD530's
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:43:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JBowles:
I believe the LittleBirds of BHD fame and what Blackwater flies are stripped/converted whatever MD530's



IIRC the only difference between the 500 and 530 is the engine, the 530 is the "lifting" version and has about 200 more horsepower.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:53:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GackMan:

Originally Posted By napalm:
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?




MD-500 you could almost afford to fly on a regular basis...




I want your job


If I recall a 500 costs around $200.00 per hour minimum and this is before all the fuel gouging
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:54:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FedGunner:

Originally Posted By napalm:
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?




Huey...no doubt




I'd get a Sea Stallion ...............They work real well
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:55:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RRTX:

Originally Posted By JBowles:
I believe the LittleBirds of BHD fame and what Blackwater flies are stripped/converted whatever MD530's



IIRC the only difference between the 500 and 530 is the engine, the 530 is the "lifting" version and has about 200 more horsepower.



That and the 530 has 5 blades vs 4
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 2:18:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:

Originally Posted By GackMan:

Originally Posted By napalm:
So now the question is:


Little Bird or Huey?




MD-500 you could almost afford to fly on a regular basis...




I want your job


If I recall a 500 costs around $200.00 per hour minimum and this is before all the fuel gouging



like I said... almost

I think an MD500 would be cheaper to operate than a huey.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:32:28 AM EDT
You guys are going about this all wrong! You have to go outside the USA to countries that purchased barnd-new or surplus US military choppers. With the same amount of money you would pay here, they would probably throw in the weaponry.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:41:39 AM EDT
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