BuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2807 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
Police removed a MiG 17 from a Dutch shed, after another plane had already been removed in January.
According to the police, the man had violated laws on possession of weapons, as the guns were still on the plane. However, according to the Dutch owner, the Polish government (who had sold him the planes) had stated that the guns were no longer operational. The ejection seat was still working, meaning he also violated the law on explosives.
The man said he had bought the planes to show how easy it is to import weapons.
The man will receive the planes back after dismantling.
FVTu134 From Russia, joined Aug 2005, 172 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
Live Ejection seats are part of the aircraft's equipment and are accepted by civil aviation authorities and are even part of the certification process. Some people elect to disarm them (which in my opinion as a pilot is just plain stupid) because of cost issues.
The problem is that some people buy warbirds as backyard toys and some of them may not be disarmed properly, which creates a risk for owners and others around.
There are also a lot of aircraft which retain their armament for Weight&Balance reasons. In those cases the wiring needs to be removed or some other "safeguards" need to be put in place in order to "inop" them.
who decided that a Horizon should be HORIZONtal???