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2 MiGs 17 Removed From Dutch Shed

Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:37 am

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.
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RE: 2 MiGs 17 Removed From Dutch Shed

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:38 am

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!
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RE: 2 MiGs 17 Removed From Dutch Shed

Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:56 am

Somebody is obviously bored over there.
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RE: 2 MiGs 17 Removed From Dutch Shed

Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:26 pm

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.
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RE: 2 MiGs 17 Removed From Dutch Shed

Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:05 pm

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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