If there's anything thing we've learned in 2019: it's that ANYTHING is possible and NOTHING should surprise us anymore. Take this Palm Beach Florida Jet lease company offering For Sale:
1980 General Dynamcs F-16 Fighting Falcon. Range of 2,400 miles and can operate at 55,000 feet. The maximum speed for the jet is Mach 2.05, just over two times the speed of sound. So, basically, no more traffic jams and no more long lines at the Airport Security....right? All of this speed, and convenience comes with a hefty Price: $8.5 Million. My first question was: "How did a private firm get a hold of these in the first place?"
According to this article: Jet Lease actually has three of these bad boys. The Jets are imported from Jordan. That country had bought dozens of second-hand F-16s from America's NATO allies in Europe—Belgium and the Netherlands—between 2008 and 2017 under the Peace Falcon III to Peace Falcon VI initiatives.
Even if one of you eccentric, multi millionaires wanted to show off and park this thing in the driveway, there are many stipulations that go into acquiring this behemoth. The buyer must comply with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. ITAR is a regulatory group that restricts and control the export of defense and military-related technologies like a fighter jet for national security purposes. Well...that's reassuring.
Now if you'll excuse me I've got to go learn how to pull off a 4G inverted dive with a MiG-28 and "keep up Foreign relations" ......
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