|Quoting planespotting (Reply 12):|
holding onto an F-100, F-4, A-7 or whatever other Vietnam-era or later aircraft would be quite the challenge for anyone except for someone with the deepest pockets.
-1 Cobra and OV
-10 Bronco are flying in civilian hands, which are both typical Vietnam era aircraft. The cost is no more than a Mustang/Spitefire-type of aircraft.
(Trojan, Skyraider, Skymaster, etc served in Vietnam too but are a decade or more older.)
Apart from that I think you are quite right, it becomes increasingly difficult to operate some newer ex mil aircraft. Sadly enough...
About that 747, the aluminum would probably be worth around $120-130k, but it takes quite a job to to recycle it and make it something usable...[Edited 2011-10-05 14:05:36]
[Edited 2011-10-05 14:05:59]