Military Aircraft For Sale to Civilians

Advertisement
Advertisement

START NOW

Lockheed’s F-104 “Starfighter” was first introduced in the late 1950s and was active in militaries across the globe until the early 2000s. The US, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Spain, and many other nations all flew F-104s at some point in time during its 40-plus years of operation. They are now retired from military use but can be purchased by private buyers.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

Cost $28,000

The Starfighter was developed with help from renowned aeronautical engineer, Kelly Johnson. Johnson was also involved in the development of the U-2 spy plane and the SR-71 Blackbird. This military aircraft for sale proved particularly deadly to operate and was plagued with controversy during its operational lifetime. Nonetheless, according to the FAA, there are ten privately owned F-104 Starfighters in the US. Three of which are ex-Canadian military aircraft belonging to the civilian demonstration team, Starfighters Inc. of Clearwater, Florida. In 2011, there was a restored, albeit engineless, F-104 for sale in the UK for £25,000.

aircraft for sale

North American P-51 Mustang

Cost: $1 million

The P-51 Mustang is a North American classic, originally built for the British during World War II as a medium-altitude fighter. However, the Mustang performed much more than those duties. The addition of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine (and later the Packard V-1650-7), allowing it to reach higher altitudes with greater power. The Mustang was key in reconnaissance missions.

Also, it escorted many bombers throughout several wars thanks to its long-range capability. The P-51 has recently become a highly sought after warbird with complete, historically accurate restoration becoming an industry of its own. These restored Mustangs can fetch upwards of $1 million on the aviation market. With a max speed of around 430 miles per hour, this military aircraft for sale is sure to deliver a good time for those lucky enough to get in the pilot’s seat.

Supermarine Spitfire

Cost: $3 million

The most-produced aircraft by the British during World War II, the Supermarine Spitfire was also the only aircraft produced continually throughout the war. The Spitfire had several different variants with several different wing designs, but an esteemed 50 Supermarine Spitfire’s remain airworthy today. Many consider the Spitfire to be the single-most important aircraft in World War II, specifically for its success in the Battle of Britain.

A recent Spitfire sold at auction for 2.5 million Euro, which equates to nearly $3 million. The Hawker Hurricane, which is also on this list, was superseded by the Spitfire as World War II went on. Its role in the Allied victory makes this a highly sought-after military aircraft for sale civilians.

F-4 Phantom II

Cost: $3.95 million

Currently selling for $3.95 million to the public, the F-4 Phantom II is one of the rare jets on this list. It entered service with the U.S. Air Force back in 1960 and is still used in limited, spot roles by the USAF although it is technically retired. It’s listed as a two-seat, twin-engine, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber.

In an age where aircraft engineering possibilities were changing every second – the Phantom II debuted with a bang. It’s top speed over Mach 2.2 combined with its ability to carry over 18,000 pounds of munitions struck fear into a lot of its enemies.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Cost: $1.775 million

Also known as Tomahawk, Kittyhawk, Model 81 and Gypsy Rose Lee (depending on where you were and which P-40 model was in question), the P-40 was an active participant in World War II. It was one of the top three most plentiful US fighters of the war. The P-40 experienced a long list of upgrades during its active lifetime as performance issues and shortcomings became apparent.

Despite these changes, the P-40 isn’t commonly regarded as a “top fighter” of its time but there is no denying its cool looks. This is one of the reasons it has become a desirable warbird for enthusiasts around the world. Courtesy Aircraft Sales currently has a beautifully restored P-40K Warhawk for sale for $1.775 million. That’s a pretty penny, but this particular model is quite rare. The P-40 went down in aviation history books as being an aircraft that handled well for very skilled pilots. However, it left them wishing they had something a little better.

Basically, it looked better than it performed making it perfect for wealthy enthusiasts looking for a pretty aircraft to add to their collection.

B-29 Superfortress

Cost: $5.5 Million

The B-29 Superfortress was a beast of a plane, even by today’s standards. It was developed in the early 1940s by Boeing and its advanced features put the new bomber in a league of its own. Some interesting features include remote-controlled guns and pressurized crew areas that could be accessed by crew members in flight, removing the need for masks. It was the world’s heaviest production plane.

The B-29 played a crucial role as a bomber in World War II. Later, the B-29 performed a variety of jobs including weather reconnaissance and in-flight refueling. It’s no surprise that these military aircraft for sale would be highly sought after given their rich history. Until July of 2016, there was only one Superfortress that was still capable of flying by the name of “Fifi”. That was until “Doc” hit the skies for the first time since 1956 on July 17th, 2016.

Both planes are owned by private owners, but there has been great support by the avionic industry to help to restore them to flyable status.

Northrop F-5

Cost: $750,000

The Northrop F-5 is a lightweight supersonic jet fighter with multiple models made since its introduction in 1962. It was acknowledged for its simplicity, low maintenance cost and effective air to air and air to ground capabilities. Additionally, the aircraft was heavily exported and became a staple for a multitude of Allied nation’s militaries.

In fact, it remains in service as a training aircraft for the US military. As a supersonic jet fighter, the F-A Freedom Fighter maxes out at over 1,000 miles per hour, making this plane one of the faster military aircraft for sale. If you plan on owning AND flying one of these, you’ll probably need to get your hands on a Talon T-38, a training aircraft also developed by Northrop, that is directly based on the F-5.

Bell UH-1 Huey

Cost: $25 million

The UH-1 Huey is one of the most widely used military helicopters in the world. 40 different countries operate it today. However, that doesn’t make owning one any less exciting. They first came onto the scene during the Vietnam war, and the helicopter assisted in a wide variety of missions. Some variants of the Huey acted as MedEvac, some transported supplies and personnel, and some engaged in air assault.

Cruising speed is around 125 miles per hour and the crew consists of between 1 and 4 people, depending on the variant. The UH-1 Huey grew to be an iconic symbol of the Vietnam war through movies and television and for about $500,000, this military aircraft for sale can be yours. That’s a steal compared to the Huey’s latest versions, which run about $25 million per aircraft. Don’t want the hassle of owning the real thing?

Lockheed T-33 T-Bird

Cost: $1-3 million

The development of the first jet fighter, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, brought about big changes for pilots in the USAF. These new planes were not propeller-driven, and as such handled very differently especially during takeoff and landing. The existing propeller-driven trainers were not effectively preparing pilots for the turbojet-powered P-80s. So it was decided to elongate the P-80 fuselage to add a second tandem seat.

The result was the Allison J33-A-35 turbojet powered T-33 Shooting Star, the first USAF jet fighter training aircraft. While the P-80 only saw production of around 1,700, the T-Bird proved much more scalable on the military market and around 7,000 were produced for a number of nations around the world. Some militaries still use the T-33 but it is estimated that around 50 of them are in the hands of civilian operators.

Douglass A-4 Skyhawk

Cost: Unknown

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was originally developed to replace the A-1 Skyraider for the US Navy. Douglas Aircraft’s Ed Heinemann was the chief design engineer of the project. He designed a small, lightweight aircraft that was simple yet effective. The avionics are in the nose, the engine is in the fuselage, and the fuel is in the wings.

Heinemann’s aggressively compact bomber was later nicknamed “Heinemann’s Hot Rod”. The Navy began using the Skyhawks just after the Korean War, and soon they were being delivered to the Marine Corps as well. By the Vietnam War, there were at least two A-4 Skyhawk squadrons in all carrier wings performing light air attack missions regularly. The A-4 was also the first to debut the concept of “buddy” air-to-air refueling. It is still in active service with non-US countries, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your own A-4 on the US civil register.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21

Cost: $150,000

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21 has been a staple in military air forces around the world since its introduction in 1959. Primarily used by the Soviet, Indian, and Libyan Air Forces, the MiG 21 was the first successful Soviet aircraft to perform both intercepting and fighting capabilities effectively. It held a number of world records including its rank as the most produced supersonic aircraft in history.

Despite still being used by some military forces today, the MiG 21 is a military aircraft for sale that can be purchased for private ownership all over the world. It’s estimated that somewhere around 10,000 MiG 21s were produced by the Soviet Union and their allies over the last forty years. According to the FAA, there are 44 aircraft for sale in the United States alone. Three are located in Portland, Oregon at Premier Space Systems which perform public and private sub-orbital atmospheric space launch services.

How much will one of these aircraft set you back? Around $150,000.

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

Cost: $8.5 million

You read that right. There’s currently an F-16 for sale in Florida for over $8 million, and although you would have to abide by (and by fee’s for) some seriously demanding defense contracts – it really good be yours!

Hawker Hunter

Cost: $300,000

The MK-58 Hawker Hunter was originally built for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a fighter jet in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Later, it would transition into intelligence gathering and fighter-bomber roles. Both single and double pilot versions were created. The aircraft was heavily exported, serving in a large number of other military units around the world. It officially retired in 2014 and now enjoys “warbird” status.

Maxing out at just under 700 miles per hour and regarded as one of the great early fighters (the UK produced around 2000 of them), military aviation enthusiasts would be happy to get their hands on one of these military aircraft for sale. If you have the funds, they aren’t all that hard to locate. Most Hawkers that are still in existence are owned by groups who perform aerial demonstrations. Some are contracted by the military for use as target training and threat stimulation.

Aeo L-39 Albatross

Cost: $150,000

No other former military aircraft is more synonymous with “warbird” than the L-39 Albatros. It was developed by Aero Vodochody in Czechoslovakia as a training aircraft. It was the first Second Generation jet trainer to be produced. Also, it’s pretty easy to see why the Albatros has become such a popular civilian enthusiast military aircraft for sale.

The sleek design combined with its relative ease of care and operation make it a go-to purchase for those with deep enough pockets. The specs go something like this: 40 foot long with a 31-foot wingspan, Ivchenko-Progress AI-25TL high-bypass turbofan engine with around 3800 lbs of thrust, a range of over 650 miles and it can fly for two and a half hours with internal fuel only.

However, this aircraft for sale will run you about $150,000.

1985 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

Cost: $3.25 million

Grumman OV-1 Mohawk

Cost: $1 million

The Grumman OV-1 was developed in the 1950s as a replacement for the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog. The US Army needed an all-weather observation/attack plane that was faster, more powerful and outfitted with better armor than the Bird Dog. Grumman Aircraft Corporation won the project with their OV-1 Mohawk concept. It proved to be in a league of its own.

The Mohawk was the first turboprop plane to be active in the US Army. It proved highly useful in a variety of military roles. Its aluminum-alloy floor and bullet-proof windows protected it from small ground arms. Its large finned tail and mounted engines allowed for superior maneuverability. At least one OV-1 variant had an internal camera and advanced side-looking radar (SLAR) which scanned the ground below and provided tracking that no other aircraft could match at the time.

The OV-1 was finally retired from the US Army in 1996, but it remains one of the most exciting military aircraft for sale that civilians can get their hands on.

Hawker Sidldeley Harrier GR.3

Cost: $500,000

The Hawker Siddeley Harrier was developed by Hawker Siddeley for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the 1960s. The vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) 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 (USMC) 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 didn’t 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.

Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

Cost: $5 million

Don Kirlin, a pilot and real estate agent in Illinois, purchased not one but multiple squadrons worth of surplus Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornets to be used in the contractor adversary air support role here in the United States. They priced out to be roughly $5 million per unit.

Sukhoi Su-27

Cost: $5 million

Within the last decade, the Soviet-era Sukhoi SU-27 became an aircraft for sale to civilians. This military aircraft was built by the Russians to compete with the Fourth Generation F-14s and F-15s. Its impressive stats make for an exciting civilian aircraft. With twin engines, supermanueverability, and a top speed of Mach 1.8, this fighter jet will give you the ride of your life. It’s also unusually large.

While it was built to rival the F-15, it comes in at over 10 feet longer and 5 feet wider than its competitor. All ten of the weapons hardpoints are removed and protected radar technology is stripped for civilian sale. The fuel is carried internally, so this stripped version of the SU-27 is the lightest and fastest of its kind. The asking price is around $5 million which is a pretty good deal to own one of the only bonafide fighter jets available to the public.

Migoyan-Gurevich MiG-29

Cost: $5 million

Like the Sukhoi Su-27, the Mikoyan MiG 29 was developed by the Soviet Union to combat the American F-16 in the 1970s. The MiG 29 is a large fighter, measuring 57 feet in length with a 37-foot wingspan. It is powered by twin turbofan engines and can reach Mach 2.25 at high altitudes. The MiG proved to be capable of a multitude of roles. Its intended purpose was air to air combat. However, it also was used in air to surface and precision targeting. Once the Soviet Union dissolved, it left the former members with a surplus of the aircraft.

They have been exported to over 30 other nations, with India topping the list as the largest export operator.

The US even purchased a small fleet from Moldova to get a better idea of the MiG capabilities (and to keep them out of the hands of Iran). If you think you might like to own a Soviet Era jet fighter, you can purchase your own military aircraft for sale in the shape of a MiG 29 for around $5 million. Let’s be real. You’re probably not going to buy this aircraft for yourself.

F-86 Sabre

Cost: $275,000

Grumman F9F Panther

Cost: Unknown

The F9F Panther was the first jet fighter developed by its manufacturer, Grumman. Single-engined with straight wings, the Panther was a capable day fighter with the ability to carry a wide array of air to ground weapons. It was one of the first successful carrier-based jet fighters for the US Navy. This aircraft for sale saw heavy action in the Korean War, performing nearly half of the attack missions for the Marine Corps and the Navy.

In fact, the Panther has a long lists of “firsts”. It gained the first air to air kill for the US Navy in Korea. Also, it was the first military aircraft for sale to be used by the famous Blue Angels flight team. The F9Fs were mostly pulled from front-line service in the mid-1950s but some were used for training purposes in the following few years. If you are lucky enough to own a flyable Panther, you’re in slim company as there are only two privately owned F9Fs in the US, with only one being airworthy.

Northrop T-38 Talon

Cost: $800,000

Douglass DC-3

Cost: $250,000

Looking back on it, the DC-3 was one of the aircraft that really changed the industry. The cargo/transport aircraft took that duty to new heights – carrying 21 to 32 passengers or 6,000 pounds of cargo with a range of 1,500 miles – something that previously was not an option. Civil production on the DC-3 ended in 1942, but several hundreds if not thousands are still in flying condition today.

That longevity is a testament to Douglas’ engineering and quality. The DC-3 was reduced the C-41 for military purposes and served as a VIP transport aircraft. The Secretary of War often times utilized the C-41. Recents auctions have placed the price of a Douglas DC-3 around $250,000 for civilian purchase.

Mig-15

Cost: $85,000

Folland Gnat

Cost: $200,000

The Folland Gnat was a small yet capable fighter jet that was developed by the British in the 1950s. Also known as the “Pocket Fighter”. This little plane had some very impressive performance features that solidified its place in several nation’s air forces around the world. The Gnat could climb at 10,000 feet-per-minute and roll at more than 360 degrees per second.

It was a highly agile, maneuverable and fast aircraft for any military at the time. The British decided to employ it as an advanced training aircraft soon after ordering the first six test aircraft. However, the Gnat went on to fulfill fighter roles in Finland, India, and Yugoslavia.

It was particularly successful in India during the war with Pakistan. In Finland, the Gnat set a record for the country as being the first to exceed the speed of sound. The Gnats have been retired from military service for some time now. However, this military aircraft for sale can now be purchased as a warbird for those who can afford the nearly $200,000 price tag.

Saab 35 Draken

Cost: Unknown

A powerful fighter jet that could go toe to toe with bombers at high altitudes and effectively combat enemy jet fighters needed. Therefore, Swedish manufacturer Saab developed the 35 Draken. Its unique design included a double delta shape, allowing the jet to be optimized for both high and low-speed performance. One of the requirements set forth by the Swedish Defense Material Administration was the ability to complete short takeoffs and landings. Saab designed the aircraft to be able to perform tail-down landings in order to achieve that goal. The Draken was first fully supersonic fighter used in Western Europe.

It is still used by the Austrian Air Force, but has been retired by Sweden after nearly 40 years of use. It has a presence in the US as a testing aircraft for both NASA and other government agencies. Private ownership of this supersonic jet is possible and the military aircraft for sale has even been featured in Miller beer commercials.

Panavia Tornado

Cost: $3 million

The Panavia Tornado is a fighter jet created from a collaborative effort between the UK, West Germany, and Italy in the 1970s. It was intended to satisfy a multitude of combat roles and became a staple of many European militaries. It is still flying to this day in some of them.

Three main variants were produced: the IDS (interdictor/strike), the ADV (air defense) and the ECR(electronic warfare/reconnaissance). At high altitudes, the Tornado can reach Mach 2.2 speeds and at sea level, it maxes out at around 900 miles per hour. It has been touted for its ease of maneuverability thanks to the variable-sweep wings and pilots enjoy the spacious and surprisingly quiet cockpit. All of these qualities make it an ideal military aircraft for sale for a private owner if you can manage to get your hands on one.

They rarely appear on the market, so if you happen to find one and can afford to own a massive military fighter jet of your own, jump on it!

Dassault Alpha Jet

Cost: $1 million

The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet was created as a joint venture between France and Germany. The countries had two different purposes for developing the jet. France was interested in using the Alpha Jet as a training aircraft. Germany intended to use it in light attack missions. The French variant was known as Alpha Jet E and the German variant, Alpha Jet A. The French were very happy with the performance of the E variant. However, some French Air Force commanders claimed it was almost too forgiving in its handling.

This made the transition to fly fighters a little more difficult. The Germans began phasing out the Alpha Jets in the 1990s, selling much of their fleet to other militaries and some to private owners. The famous Flying Bulls acquired four Alpha Jets and routinely fly them in air shows around the world. The public can get their hands on them as well for around $1 million per military aircraft for sale.

Vought F4U Corsair

Cost: $4.1 million

The Corsair, depending on the specific aircraft, was built by either Vought, Chance or Goodyear. The first Corsairs were delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1942 and are credited with turning the tide in the Pacific theatre of World War II. The Corsair’s success in air-to-air combat against the Japanese Zero aircraft was legendary. Over 12,000 of the American-built fighter plane were produced, and its estimated that there are just shy of 50 left in the United States. The F4U Corsair was built under license by Goodyear at times, and a recent Goodyear FG-1D Corsair had a price tag of $4.1 million.

Hawker Sea Fury

Cost; $750,000

The last propeller-driven fighter aircraft ever used with the Royal Navy, the Hawker Sea Fury saw a lot of combat time in the Korean War. It was produced with World War II in mind, but showed up too late to the party. It was also used in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. It entered service in 1947 and retired from military duty in 1968 with the Burmese Air Force. Several nations flew it over the course of its life, including : UK, Australia, Canada and Pakistan. A highly-renovated Sea Fury with the crown of “fastest Sea Fury ever” – a title win in 2006 – was recently priced at $750,000.

Hispano M4L Buchon

Cost: Unknown

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Hispano Buchon. Perhaps you haven’t, that’s the more likely case here. Messerschmitt’s legendary Bf-109 fighter G-variant was the idea behind the Buchon’s design. Many consider Hispano Aviation’s M4L the ultimate development post-war variant of the Bf-109 family. The M4L served mainly in the Spanish Air Force as a fighter aircraft. After its service life ended, it played a fairly large role in filming scenes for the Hollywood movie, The Battle of Britain.

The Buchon first flew in 1952. A botched deal with Germany left Spain with several unserviceable Bf-109 fighters, the Buchon was Spain’s best attempt at creating the best pf a bad situation. It served the Spanish Air Force until 1965. There is currently one Buchon up for sale, but because of its rarity a real price is unknown at this time.

Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

Cost: $800,000

Messerschmidt ME-262

Cost: $600,000

The Me-262 Schwalbe (fighter) or Sturmvogel( fighter-bomber) entered service for the Luftwaffe in 1941 and was retired at the war’s end in 1945. It was one of the first aircraft in the war to feature jet engines, and as such, it was a serious threat in the skies. Once the war was over, captured Me-262’s were put to use as test subjects by the United States. Many aspects of the North American F-86 Sabre were borrowed from the engineering tactics of the Me-262. There aren’t many left, and those that are left are likely a hodgepodge of original and refurbished parts. the most recent Me-262 that sold to a civilian went for just shy of $600,000.

P-38 Lightning

Cost: $650,000

Modern aviation enthusiasts likely know all bout the F-35 Lightning II, but perhaps not much about the Lightning I. Well, here it is. the P-38 was a piston-engined fighter used during World War II. But its duties went well beyond just a fighter. The P-38 lightning also held roles such as: photo reconnaissance, interception, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, dive bombing, radar and visual pathfinding and as a long-range escort. Countries from all over the world operated the P-38, but the most notable were the USA, Italy, France, Portugal, U.K., China and Australia. If you as a civilian wanted to get your hands on a P-38, you’d better have about $650,000 laying around.

Hughes OH-6

Cost: $500,000

North American T-6 Texan

Cost: $200,000

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is a two-seat advanced trainer. Most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II learned at least one thing or another inside a T-6. The Navy referred to it as the SNJ and the British Royal Air Force called it the Harvard. Overall, the T-6 Texan trained tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of pilots in 34 different countries over a period of 25 years. 15,495 Texans were made. The T-6 Texan won honors in World War II and in the early days of the Korean War – though it was most famous as a trainer. Most T-6’s today sell to civilians for just shy of $200,000.

Fouga Magister

Cost: $79,900

Curtiss C-46 Commando

Cost: $250,000

Still active in remote locations like the Artic, the C-46 Commando was a military transport/cargo aircraft used most heavily during the mid-1940s. The C-46 was one of the first military aircraft to include pressurized cabins, a novelty at the time. Other aircraft of the same era were the DC-4 and Boeing Stratoliner. It was used heavily as a paratroop drop plane but as the war ended and many C-46s were lost during drops, it was pulled from that duty. The C-46 doesn’t have a spotless military record by any means, and many inside the armed forces couldn’t stand it. But nonetheless, if you want to own a piece of U.S. military history all it will cost you is about $250,000.

Grumman G-21 Goose

Cost: Unknown

The G-21 Goose (first flight was in 1937) was Grumman’s first for a lot of things. The G-21 was the first single-wing aircraft, first twin-engine aircraft, and the first aircraft used as a commercial airliner – pretty impressive history right there. Capable on both water and land, this aircraft served for many decades in a variety of roles. The long-lasting nature of this aircraft is a testament to it’s engineering and design. The G-21 was designed as an “air yacht” for wealthy New York businessmen, so they could commute from their homes on Long Island to their Manhattan offices. It soon found a market as an airliner, military transport, and utility aircraft.

North American B-25 Mitchell

Cost: $1.4 million

The Boeing B-25 Mitchell, named after Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell, was a twin-engine bomber. However, over time it became much more than just a bomber. The B-25 was a high-level and low-level bomber, submarine patrol and photo reconnaissance aircraft, and even a fighter. North American Aviation produced just under 10,000 B-25s in a six-year span from 1939-1945. The first B-25 flew in August of 1940 and the US Army Air Corps accepted its first five planes in February of 1941. From there, it was a race to produce as many as possible. North American Aviation totaled 9,816 B-25s between their two plants in California and Kansas. A fully operational, famous B-25 – “Panchito” – sold recently for $1.4 million.

Aero L-29 Delfin

Cost: $175,000

Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter

Cost: Unknown

The F-5 Freedom fighter aircraft represented a breakthrough in air combat technology. It rose to popularity in the 1960s. Its ultra-low radar cross section made the aircraft difficult to spot at long range. The Freedom Fighter was the closest thing the world had to a stealth fighter at the time. This tiny “pocket fighter” was also built from the ground up as nimble dog-fighter. Most importantly, at least to outnumbered NATO nations facing the vast might of the Warsaw Pact, this fighter was incredibly cheap. It combined most of the hi-tech avionics and performance of more expensive aircraft like the F-4 Phantom with low-operating costs equivalent to the Russian Mig-21. The most recent Canadair CF-5 was sold to a private buyer, but the price is undisclosed.

1986 SIAI Marchetti S-211

Cost: $925,000

Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” Resin

Cost: $3 million

The Mitsubishi A6M Reisen (“ree-sin,” Japanese for Zero Fighter) 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.

Short Tucano Trainer

Cost: $1.3 million

This two-seat turboprop basic trainer aircraft, built by Short Brothers in Northern Ireland, is a license-built Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano. The Royal Air Force is the primary operator, and it occasionally exports the aircraft to Kenya and Kuwait. A prototype flew it’s first flight in 1986 and the Tucano was delivered to the Royal Air Force for the first time in 1988. The Tucano is operated primarily at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. It provides basic fast-jet flying training to RAF and RN student pilots. Student fly roughly 130 hours with the Tucano before progressing to the Hawk T2 aircraft trainer. There is currently a Short Tucano on sale for $1.3 million.

 Fun Facts

  • 1. What's the difference in a muscle car and a pony car? In reality, not much. But if you want to get down to specifics, technically there are some differences between a muscle car and a pony car. The average passerby wouldn’t know that anything with a wheelbase length of less than 110 inches is considered a pony. It’s a smaller (not by much) uniformly designed vehicle with either a V6 or V8. Muscle cars were wider than that and required a V8. The Ford Mustang, was a pony. As was the Chevy Camaro and the Plymouth Barracuda.
  • 2. Australia was big into muscle cars in the 1960s and 70s. Australian muscle cars gained popularity around the same time as American muscle cars with some of the top manufacturers being Ford Australia, Chrysler Australia, and Holden.
  • 3. The Dodge Charger is a quintessential muscle car. Three years after the first charger was produced in 1966, a key visual change was made. The 1969 Dodge Charger was the first year the vertical split grill was added to the vehicle. The vertical split grill was a calling card for Chargers in the 60s and 70s. The 1969 Dodge Charger was made even more famous as General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • 4. As with anything worth caring about, there’s some disagreement. The Ferrari 250 GTO was a rare and popular vehicle in Europe. Pontiac’s chief engineer, John Delorean, saw an opportunity to give his employer an edge. ‘GTO’ was not patented in the States, so Pontiac decided to borrow it. From 1961-1964, the Pontiac Tempest was their muscle car. The 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO, with a 325 horsepower V8 engine, was the first muscle car on the US market with GTO in the name. Most people agree that it stands for ‘Gran Turismo Omologato’ – in reference to the Ferrari 250 GTO’s professional racing status. However, some folks still believe it stands for ‘Grand Tempest Option’.
  • 5. The muscle car boom wasn’t limited just to the United States. Australia had just as fervent of a muscle car culture as America did. Ford and Chevy produced several various types of muscle cars in cooperation with Australian manufacturers. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT was a massively popular creation in Australia. After production, it disappeared for about two decades, making it even more popular than before. The 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe (a GM product) is commonly referred to as the most stylish of all Australian muscle cars.
  • 6. The television and movie actor James Garner had a noted affinity for everything speed. His hit movie Grand Prix won multiple Oscars, and on television, he appeared in a Pontiac Firebird regularly on The Rockford Files. Something lesser known was that Garner was a devoted racer. He once had a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 outfitted with a 4×4 chassis in order drive in off-road races. Inside of this classic muscle car, he finished second in class in the Mexican Nora 1000 (later the Baja 1000).
  • 1. The first Pontiac GTO was built in 1963, labeled as a 1964 model. Six years later, the enormously popular muscle car was the benefactor of a special branding effort for the 1969 model. Very little, mechanically, changed from the 1968 Pontiac GTO. But the blacked out grill, spoiler, racing stripes, ‘The Judge’ decals all added to the fan fair over this enticing new model of the GTO. The Judge got its name from Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Here Comes the Judge” skit on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In television show.
  • 2. In 1968, Dodge made 50 Dart 426 Hemi cars to satisfy the NHRA sanction rules. These cars were sent to the Hurst Corporation to have a 426 Hemi engine installed, feature a fiberglass hood, front fenders, no side mirrors, lightweight steel, and thinner glass in an effort to reduce weight. Dodge intended the car to be used only for racing and not on public roads.
  • 3. In September of 2018, the newest models of the Presidential State Car debuted for their first day of work. The new model began production back in 2014. In this list, we will refer to The Presidential State Car as any car that has previously or currently carries the leader of the free world. With each model, they are multiple cars.
  • 4. For the most part, they are all idential within their model range. The Presidential State Car also goes by “The Beast,” or “Cadillac One,” among other names. The Presidential State Car is no ordinary automobile, as it takes ranks with some of the most expensive cars on the road and is loaded with features to protect some of the most important people in the nation. Here are some incredible facts about the Presidential State Car in all its uses, models, and glory over the years.
  • 5. The 2009-2019 model of the Presidential State Car cost $1.5 million each. That’s 8 times more than a Bentley! The newest model, which debuted in Septmeber of 2018, is reported to cost roughly $15 million dollars for a dozen vehicles. Once you crank out the math, that comes out to a little over a million dollars per car – $1.25 million to be exact. Either way you look at it, it’s an expensive ride. But would we want anything less for such an important vehicle?
  • 6. Look at a dollar bill, and then subtract an inch from it’s length. That’s how wide the breakproof glass is on the Presidential State Cars is; 5 inches thick! The Presidential State Car has five-inch thick breakproof glass for maximum protection against any threat to the high-ranking officials inside. This is just one of the many precautions from exterior threats that “The Beast” is outfitted with.
  • I The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964 and is based on the platform of the second generation Ford Falcon. Truly one of the most classic vehicles of all-time, and a great way to start off this list. One of the first and most iconic American muscle cars is still rolling off the production line today. The Mustang opened the doors for competition between the Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda, and the Dodge Challenger. With over 9 million sold, the Ford Mustang is not just a classic but one of the best-selling rides of all-time.
  • II The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car produced by Daimler AG. It debuted in 1993 being built at the Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany. They all aren’t as beautiful as this 2013 C63 AMG – but still, the classic C-Class Mercedes is an icon! The ‘C’ probably stands for classic. And although it is widely used in the U.S.A, it may be operated even more commonly in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The C-Class is one of the most well-known models of vehicles in the world! No surprise it’s on the list of best-sellers.
  • III The Toyota Camry debuted in 1982 and has been sold globally. It originally was designed as a Compact Car, now it is a mid-size car. Dependable, long-lasting, low-maintenance – no wonder it’s been tasked to the streets of NYC as the dominant choice of car owned by cabbies. What started in 1982 as a narrow-bodied compact car and then transitioned into a mid-size car has sold over 10 million editions since then.
  • IV The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact family car that has been produced since 1979. It has over six generations. The TDI version, seen here, is a part of its own racing league that draws tens of thousands of spectators annually. The Volkswagen Jetta, when dressed down, is a safe, reliable, attractive car to get you from point A to point B. The Volkswagen Jetta with all its bells and whistles is a performance machine to the fullest! The versatility of the Jetta is possibly its greatest asset and why it’s landed itself on the list of best-selling cars of all-time.
  • V The Mazda 323 or the Mazda Familia was a family car produced by Mazda from 1963 to 2003. The one shown here is probably the most beautiful in the line of Mazdas, the 1965 Mazda Familia. The line of Familia’s transitioned into the Mazda 323 in 1977, but in the United States, the vehicles were known underneath a different moniker. The “GLC” which stood for Great Little Car was the going title up until the switch to 323 as the name. However, after a decade or so, the 323 became what it is called today in America – the Mazda Protege.
  • VI The Oldsmobile Cutlass was the trademark automobile produced by General Motors. It was produced from 1961 – 1999. The cars were assembled in Michigan at the height of Motor City’s dominance in American automobile manufacturing. The Cutlass originally began as a unibody compact car, but over time it morphed into a body-on-frame vehicle. The Cutlass was a compact car from 1961-193, so just a blip on the 35+ year timeline of the iconic ride. It’s sleek exterior, performance value and availability made the Oldsmobile Cutlass a legend in its class and one of the best selling cars ever.
  • I Boy, they sure don’t make ’em like they used to…especially not in the Town and Country’s case. In 1988, The Chrysler Town and Country wagon ceased to exist and in 1989 the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was born. The TandC is a luxury minivan that was produced from 1989 to 2016. The 12 million statistic stands just for the minivan, but there were a hefty number of wagons (we figure’d you would rather see one of the classics over the minivan!) produced before the soccer-mom car came along. Nonetheless, the quality of both models made the Town and Country a household name and earned a spot on the list of best-selling cars ever.
  • II The Ford Focus released in 1998 and was designed by Ford of Europe’s German and British teams. It was originally designed for only the European markets. However, immediate success and critics’ reviews forced the issue to expand it to North American markets where it debuted in North America in 1999. The compact car is something of a history-maker. As a part of the Ford Model 2000 series, it was the car with which manufacturers’ aimed to globalize model development and sell one compact vehicle worldwide.
  • III The BMW 3 Series is a luxury car that debuted in May 1975, and it is BMW’s best-selling model. One large reason for that is that it’s the most accessible of all the BMW’s – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t attractive Just look at it. The reason it is so high on the list is that it is such a snazzy-looking car, from a reputable brand at a fair price. It accounts for close to 30% of BMW’s annual total sales and will be on the list of best-selling cars for years and years to come.
  • IV Debuting in the same year that Alaska became a state and Sputnik 1 came back to Earth, the Chevrolet Impala’s longevity and breadth of sales is a tribute to the car’s versatility and a knack for reinvention. First intended to be a large, mid-range vehicle with all the hallmarks of 1950s automotive styling, the Impala has continued to grow and change with the times. Contemporary models are more compact with sleeker lines and a sense of design borne of a post-modern age. With 10 generations of Impalas having been made since the model’s launch, we’re certain that some version of this car will carry our grandkids into the 22nd century.
  • V The Ford Fiesta first debuted in 1976 being manufactured globally in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, China, India, Thailand, and South Africa. So given its immense popularity on an international scale, it’s no wonder it’s highly ranked on the best selling cars list of all time. That being said, its success in the United States has been limited; mostly due to segmented periods of production in the states. From 1977 to 1980 and from 2010 to current are the two time frames where the Fiesta was made in the USA.
  • VI Another product of the 1970s, the Volkswagen Passat has been a comforting presence on used-car lots since 1973. One of Volkswagen’s first attempts at a large family car for the international market, the Passat rapidly rose in popularity even during the competitive sales days of the US gas crisis. Known by many names around the world—we’re particularly fond of the “Volkswagen Mangotan”, which sounds either like a tropical fruit or a Transformers villain—the Passat is slowly gaining in status. The Passat is set to remain one of the bestselling cars the world has ever seen.