Really. Aaron over at The Shekel just e-mailed me about the sale. There are three of them at Davis-Monthan AFB, and anyone can bid on them at the auction, which is already open and which closes on Friday.
There's got to be a ton of stories in these airframes. Who flew them over their decades of service, and where? What historic events did they participate in?Wouldn't these look great at a local museum, airport or VFW with a bit of new paint?
Now for the bad news: They have to be "demilitarized".
That means that they have to be completely destroyed by use of a shredder to the extent that no part of them can be re-utilized or even recognized. No parts can be harvested from them, It has to be done the day that the aircraft are removed from the site, and government representatives will be nearby to ensure that it was done to their satisfaction.
Very sad. Very sad, indeed.