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2 MiGs 17 Removed From Dutch Shed  
User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 3040 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2057 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.


I scratch my head, therefore I am.
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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Wow, what a bunch of socialistic, bureacratic hypocrisy! The aircraft should be in a museum somewhere but still, what a waste of taxpayers monies in the "enforcement of the laws" over such a farce!

User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1256 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

Somebody is obviously bored over there.

Every problem has a simple solution; finding the simple solution is the difficult problem.
User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 9176 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

I seem to remember a similar story in Alaska recently.

A company called Security Aviation received a visit from the FBI, (and others) because they had some fully armed L39's.

Personally I am surprised that the aircraft was not disarmed before delivery.
The fact that the ejector seat was still live suggests that continued warbird use was envisaged.

I am sure that L188 will know more about the Security Aviation story.

User currently offlineFVTu134 From Russia, joined Aug 2005, 180 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1743 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???
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