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Top Gun, Bottom Prices…

Ever wanted to re-enact Top Gun scenes with your own privately owned fighter jet, well the RAF have helped two people do just that.

Erm… Well, I have never wanted to be a midget squealing, “Speak to me Goose!” whilst battling with my latent homosexuality during the least realistic dog fight ever committed to celluloid. If that would have been for real and I’d been in a “Mig-28” Mr Cruise would have taken an early bath.

The military service allowed a 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump-jet and 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 to be auctioned off without a reserve.

The Harrier was sold to a gentleman from Essex for £105,800 while the Tornado was sold at a relative snip at £36,800 to a female pilot.

Wowsers! Now, obviously what 2&8 the Tornado is in is but still that is not an especially pricey sports car! God knows where I would have parked it but it certainly gains the drop on the Current Vauxhall Corsa. Get that up to 80 and it shakes like the Millenium Falcon getting up to light-speed.

Nice to see things what cost millions going for a song though.


  1. RAB says:

    Oh I definately want the Harrier. Just for popping down the shops and such like. Just imagine landing in Tesco’s car park in one of those! Anything Arni can do with one, I’m sure I can. :-)

  2. John Galt says:

    I know they remove the missiles and guidance systems, but don’t they also brick the engines so that it is a “display only” model?

  3. Sam Duncan says:

    I noticed these a few weeks ago, and immediately thought of you, Nick. Should’ve posted something at the time.

    But yeah, the Harrier is “not airworthy”, and the Tornado has no engines. Other than that, it sounds like it’s in reasonable condition. And it’s the only one in private hands in the world.

    Mind you, having missed out on those, there’s always the Textron AirLand Scorpion, “the world’s most affordable military jet”, built from off-the-shelf components. A snip at $20m, bring your own weapons systems. I could chip in a tenner…

  4. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    A great many people don’t believe Mr Cruise is a latent puddle jumper, many do.

  5. Julie near Chicago says:

    Dammit, I wanted both of those. Especially the Harrier, although I’d gladly have taken the Tornado off their hands too.

    Only with all systems Go, however. I mean, the living room isn’t big enough to use them as display pieces. And besides, although flying as a spectator sport is better than not flying at all (I guess), DIY flying is really where it’s at.

    Maybe we Zanzibarians could each chip in a tenner, and time-share the things?

    Excuse me now, I have to go watch True Lies.

  6. RAB says:

    Excuse me now, I have to go watch True Lies.

    You are too damn smart at picking up my references lady. 😉

  7. Julie near Chicago says:

    “Arni”! LOLOL — I don’t read every word of every posting as carefully as I should. I sort of skipped right over that! Well, T.L. has been worth several re-viewings from Yrs Trly. I tell you what, RAB, I know you don’t care for popcorn (“tastes like styrofoam,” IIRC), so you bring the snack of your choice, and you and your Lady Wife and the bonkers dog can run on over here and we’ll all watch it together. (Please don’t be offended though, The Luce prefers to sleep through movies unless people are either giving her snacks or playing with her.)

  8. RAB says:

    Saw it again the other night Julie. It’s a dreadful but fun film, especially the Harrier bit. The predecessor to the bonkers dog was a Harrier. She was a lady, Saffie is a Madam! :-)

  9. Julie near Chicago says:

    Agreed (dreadful but fun). So was Independence Day. And Armageddon. I loves ’em all!

    The lady was a Harrier? Oh surely not! LOL Well, if you can’t have a VTOL-type Harrier, a 4-legged one is not the worst substitute. Tell me, how was she at the vertical jump? (Was it Snoopy who used to do that? I can see the cartoon, but I can’t make out if it’s Snoopy or somedoggy else.)

    Saffie is a Madam? Pray explain yourself, Sir. Or rather, perhaps, explain Saffie. Whichever. Is Saffie a Mom?

  10. RAB says:

    Well Holly (the Harrier) was a lady in that she had such good manners and roadsense. You could walk her off the lead on even the busiest of streets and she would stop at the curb and wait for your command to cross a road. She would not take food except that offered to her. If you put a plate of leftovers on the ground she knew that she was allowed to take it, but anywhere else she would leave it alone.

    Not Saffie. She is an unguided missile, and bloody cunning with it. She has no roadsense whatsoever, so always has to be on a lead in the street, and will steal food from absolutely anywhere she can get to it. Our local park is busy on sunny weekends with folks having BBQ’s etc. Both dogs are/were ace frisbee players, catching it out of the air and entertaining passing kids and their parents, but Holly used to just play frisbee, Saffie will play for half an hour or so good as gold, but then after 15 or 20 throws or so, will decide to check out the picnickers insread of bringing the frisbee back to me. There is no command or admonishment you can shout at her that will stop her, short of a sniper rifle, she just steams right in, tail wagging and steals stuff right off people’s plates or even a lit BBQ. She has had it away with a chicken breast and a whole packet of Parma ham in the last two weeks. Fortunately, so far, people think it is amusing, and don’t go ballistic about it, but she is bloody embarrassing!

    Thing is she is very intelligent. She knows exactly what you are saying to her, and if you have food in your hand will obey your every command… climb a greasy pole, tap dance, do card tricks, you name it, to get you to give her the food, but if you haven’t any food and she doesn’t feel like it, a plain old SIT! will be ignored. Hence MADAM!

  11. Paul Marks says:

    I know a chap who would love to take advantage (if he could) of this opportunity.

  12. NickM says:

    I want an F-16D. Nah, I want a T-38 and there will be loads on market soonish.

  13. thylacosmilus says:

    RAB: “Fortunately, so far, people think it is amusing, and don’t go ballistic about it…”

    You ARE Julie Bindel and I claim my £5… 😉

  14. Julie near Chicago says:

    RAB, they both sound wonderful! Lady Holly must have been adorable, and obviously Madam Saffie is a sassy lassie. :>)) Now Miss Lucy will usually Sit, and most of the time Wait (we don’t do Stay). We also have to spell certain words, or use an abbreviation; “D.T.” gets used quite a bit. But although she knows perfectly well what Come means, her response is always a look that says, “What’s in it for me?” Girl knows which said of her Purina has the steak tartare.

    I wouldn’t dare take her outdoors without her leash, but she walks along starkers beside my daughter, as docile as anything. Hmph! 😉

  15. Lynne at Counting Cats says:

    I’ve always wondered, when Val Kilmer declared there were bogies all over him, if it was some kind of weird fetish or poor cockpit hygiene.

  16. NickM says:

    What happens in the cockpit stays in the cockpit 😉

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