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TV Show "Pawn Stars" Buys An AIM-120?  
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6812 times:

There is a popular TV show on the History Channel called 'Pawn Stars'.

Apparently the recently bought an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile (less the war head), or a 'missile guidance system' from an F-4 fighter. Apparently they don't know exactly what they have bought. But the AMRAAM is pretty much leading edge technology, not old technology loke an Apple-1 computer.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment...e-guidance-report-says/?test=faces

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User currently offlineftrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6647 times:

If it came from an F-4, its not an AIM-120. About 90% sure of that... AIM 7 or AIM 9 I would believe...

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6614 times:

That's about the caliber of reporting I've come to expect from Fox News. Seems it didn't occur to them to get a photo of the dang thing. And could they get their stories straight between the first and second paragraphs. Is it a missile guidance system or an AMRAAM? It can't be both.


The last of the famous international playboys
User currently offlinemffoda From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6544 times:

Hey... "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas"    If only that card came on the river... 


harder than woodpecker lips...
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6840 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6377 times:

From this

http://www.tmz.com/2011/03/15/pentag...rce-special-agents-aim-120-amraam/

The seller had maintained that her dad purchased the items at an official military auction during the '80s ... and we're told she had the proper court-approved paperwork specifying she could legally sell the parts.

So too early to be a -120, then.



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6234 times:

Quoting oly720man (Reply 4):
The seller had maintained that her dad purchased the items at an official military auction during the '80s ... and we're told she had the proper court-approved paperwork specifying she could legally sell the parts.

So too early to be a -120, then.

Correct, it could not have been an AIM-120. But, in the 1980s, the F-4 was still a front line fighter with the USAF, ANG, USMC, and USN. Although most F-4B/Cs were retiring about then, so the guidance system could have come from one of those models.

Since it is a guidance system, my guess is it was for the AIM-7C/D/E Sparrow missiles.

However, if it is a missile, it must likely is an AIM-9B/C/D/E/G/H/J/N/P Sidewinder and not any version of the AIM-7 Sparrow. The Sidewinder is about 9' long and only weighs about 200 lbs. The Sparrow is bigger and heavier at about 500 lbs and 12' long.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

Some rather unusual things can turn up for sale. About five years ago I saw an F-4 TCS for sale on E-Bay. The starting bid was around $1000. Not sure if it was legit, or even legal. Even if you had the money to buy I'm not sure what you would do with it. If you don't have the knowledge of equipment to use it all you have is a very large and expensive paper weight.

User currently onlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3691 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6061 times:

Quoting ftrguy (Reply 1):
If it came from an F-4, its not an AIM-120. About 90% sure of that

While this is usually correct, German F-4s do have AMRAAMs, although they only got them in the 1990s.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 6):
About five years ago I saw an F-4 TCS for sale on E-Bay


Meant to say F-14 TCS.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5537 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
Quoting ftrguy (Reply 1):
If it came from an F-4, its not an AIM-120. About 90% sure of that

While this is usually correct, German F-4s do have AMRAAMs, although they only got them in the 1990s.

Probibly not from a Luftwaffe F-4. I doubt anyone can import missiles and gudances systems into the US.


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