OK, this might be a stupid question, but "what's a scrapped airliner worth?"
As I understand it, retired planes are stripped of all their valuable components (engines, avionics, etc.), and whatever is left is scrapped by chopping it to pieces, and selling the aluminium by the pound (or whatever) -- right?
It looks like aluminium trades at about US$1/pound. Doing some rough checking, I saw that a Boeing 737-300 has a "typical operating empty weight" of 72,000 lbs. If half of that weight is the stripped, empty carcass, does that imply that it would be sold at scrap for about $36,000 these days?
It'd be kind of cool to get one, and at that cost, it seems like it's not all that bad -- transporting the thing might be the bigger expense!
Could it really be that simple?