View Full Version : is this the ultimate privately owned warbird?

Paul Pless
06-02-2017, 12:24 PM
there is one privately owned f4 phantom in the world
wonder what this sucker costs to own and fly


Paul Pless
06-02-2017, 12:24 PM
reportedly there is a gentleman in the u.k. that tried to buy one there but the u.k. told him they would not allow him to fly it so he took a pass

CK 17
06-02-2017, 12:36 PM
Did he get a waver for the civil registration number?

Ted Hoppe
06-02-2017, 12:37 PM
Larry Elison's 2014 paint job.


a purchase in 2008. Sued the city of San Jose for not letting him fly whenever he wanted to.


amish rob
06-02-2017, 12:37 PM
Santini, izzat you? :)


P.S. Seriously, I grew up watching them fly around here, Then 16s. Now 15s. And the aviators occasionally bring over 18s for some reason. :)

Paul Pless
06-02-2017, 12:39 PM
Did he get a waver for the civil registration number?

i guess

It took an act of Congress by means of an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill of 1999 to allow the acquisition of this F-4 Phantom.

Paul Pless
06-02-2017, 12:42 PM
For $12,500 you can fly in the back seat of the below F4 for 40 minutes, wheels up to wheels down. Flights will be tailored to each individuals interests and physical capabilities. :D

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
06-02-2017, 12:50 PM

06-02-2017, 01:12 PM
My friend Bill owns two old MIG's. One he leaves at the Battleship Alabama park, and the other he flies in shows and things. Pretty neat.

Mickey Lake

Paul Pless
06-02-2017, 01:17 PM
There's a Mig in Hell, owned by Bob Lutz, the former chairman of GM. Its very difficult to photograph flitting in and out of the trees low on the horizon.
I think he's actually based twenty miles away in Ann Arbor but there is an area over Hell designated for aerobatics.


06-02-2017, 01:31 PM
This Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B is privately owned but it doesn't fly. It sits on the forecourt of the aptly named Buccaneer petrol station not far from where I live.


The aircraft, serial number XW530, first flew in 1970 and was finally withdrawn from RAF service around 1993 along with the remainder of the Buccaneer force.
A Gulf War veteran, Buccaneer XW530’s swansong came in 1991 when it flew a number of combat sorties during Operation Desert Storm. The decorated jet carries the ‘Sky Pirates’ flag and mission markings on its forward fuselage.

John of Phoenix
06-02-2017, 02:03 PM
"Triple Nickle" on the tail means the 555th Fighter Squadron but their tail code was FY.

I can't find anything that corresponds to OY. Maybe the initials of the owner?

06-02-2017, 02:11 PM
Double ugly are great aircraft, wonder if this one has J79's?

06-02-2017, 02:28 PM
The Collings Foundation F-4D Phantom II, with Vietnam-era “Ritchie/DeBellevue” markings, taxis at Selfridge ANGB, May 2005

Just in case you wanted to know more about this one.

06-02-2017, 02:51 PM
A privately owned F4? I'll bet there are some areas where he does not fly regardless of the flight plan...

Dave Hadfield
06-02-2017, 03:42 PM
We have an F-86 for sale if anyone wants one.

06-02-2017, 03:50 PM
Triple-Nickel is also the nickname for MIL-L-85734 oil. But I doubt anyone would put that on a tail fin. ;)


ron ll
06-02-2017, 04:18 PM
We have an F-86 for sale if anyone wants one.

I love this place. :)

Paul Pless
06-02-2017, 04:21 PM
We have an F-86 for sale if anyone wants one.
Will you deliver it to Ann Arbor?

John Meachen
06-02-2017, 04:48 PM
For those among us who relish the idea of a fast ride,this link might be just what you need http://incredible-adventures.com/capetown2.html .

06-02-2017, 05:43 PM
For those among us who relish the idea of a fast ride,this link might be just what you need http://incredible-adventures.com/capetown2.html .

Unfortunately they closed down in 2010...

Thunder City, which has the world's largest civilian-owned fleet of ex-combat jets including three English Electric Lightnings, three BAe Buccaneers, seven Hawker Hunters and a retrofitted Puma helicopter, is to cease flying operations with immediate effect. Making the announcement founder and CEO of Thunder City, Mike Beachy Head says, "After a decade of indelible memories and enormous thrills in flying international and local visitors in our distinctive jets, we have decided to cease the flying activities at the base.


Lew Barrett
06-02-2017, 06:33 PM
Michael Dorn (Warf) has an F86. I worked with him for about a year and a half when I first got to San Francisco in 1972. He left Matthew's TV and Stereo City (old Bay Area folks will know the joint) about when I did in 1974. Michael told us he was moving to LA to become an actor. I thought he was crazy and hopelessly star struck. Not the first time I've guessed wrong. Good guy, by the way.


The Bigfella
06-02-2017, 06:45 PM
I'd put this one pretty high up on the lift, but it doesn't quite qualify


It's still owned by the RAAF.... but it's displayed by the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society. S.A.L.T. obligations are behind the ownership situation.

Jim Bow
06-02-2017, 08:11 PM
The Collings Foundation has an F4 and a Skyhawk. You can go for a ride if your wallet is fat enough.


P.I. Stazzer-Newt
06-02-2017, 08:23 PM
What happened to the Martin Mars?

Jim Bow
06-02-2017, 11:25 PM
What happened to the Martin Mars?

They'll take you for a ride later this summer: