KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12193 posts, RR: 51 Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6900 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.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3017 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6702 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 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.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12193 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6322 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.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6237 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.