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(Wired)   Harrier jump jet auction starts July 26. Starting bid is 7,000,000 Pepsi Points   (wired.com) divider line 50
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2014-07-09 12:15:17 PM  
The mechanical components "appear to be in tip top condition"

cdn.hark.com
 
2014-07-09 01:16:42 PM  
No Pepsi,
COKE.


/cheeseburga, cheeseburga, cheeseburga
 
2014-07-09 01:19:28 PM  

SurfaceTension: The mechanical components "appear to be in tip top condition"

[cdn.hark.com image 720x480]


American components, Russian Components....
 
2014-07-09 01:20:52 PM  
I remember down in Miramar when the locals were complaining about the noise from the Top Gun guys (not the movie).
These people lived near the base, knew of the noise, yet still complained like little biatches.
So the Top Gun crew relocates and the jump jets move in.
lol
It doubled the noise level.
But damn I loved watching those things take off.
To me they are amazing.
 
2014-07-09 01:23:31 PM  
Now that I RTFA. The avionics are missing and the engine isn't even installed? Wonder if it could be made to fly again.
 
2014-07-09 01:24:01 PM  
July 26 is my birthday. (hint, hint)
 
2014-07-09 01:26:43 PM  
So it comes in better shape than an F-35.
 
gja
2014-07-09 01:31:03 PM  
FTFA: "It even has the original Mk9A Martin Baker ejection seat. Unfortunately for the action hero in all of us, it's inert."

I wonder how much to make it 'ert'.
 
2014-07-09 01:32:57 PM  
Maybe they can race it against the one owned and piloted by retired Marine LtCol Art Nalls.
http://www.ruckpack.com/team-ruckpack.htm

The RuckPack Sea Harrier, owned and piloted by retired Marine LtCol Art Nalls, takes flight in on ABC's Shark Tank featuring RuckPack's CEO and Founder, Rob Dyer. The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is a naval fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft that first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980. Nalls is the only person in the world to privately own and pilot an airworthy Sea Harrier.

The Sea Harrier will be touring in 2014 at various air shows in Chicago, Oshkosh, Milwaukee Rockford, Gary, IN, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Lakeland, FL, and Ft. Lauderdale. Find out more information.
 
2014-07-09 01:34:12 PM  
 
2014-07-09 01:37:26 PM  
www.blogforchoice.com
 
2014-07-09 01:39:11 PM  

gja: FTFA: "It even has the original Mk9A Martin Baker ejection seat. Unfortunately for the action hero in all of us, it's inert."

I wonder how much to make it 'ert'.


Don't ask Private Benjamin.
 
2014-07-09 01:39:36 PM  

Talondel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc.

For the uninitiated.


It was a nice callback.
 
2014-07-09 01:42:11 PM  

Porous Horace: July 26 is my birthday. (hint, hint)


I might let you have my pop cans, if you come get them.

/nah, I'm going to turn them in.
 
2014-07-09 01:58:57 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [www.blogforchoice.com image 245x197]


Just like Subby's Mom, "she's got it where it counts, kid"
 
2014-07-09 01:59:25 PM  
The Harrier would be one of the worst possible used military jets for a civilian to buy. It doesn't matter that it's in top condition now; it won't be for long. The inspection and part replacement costs are going to be a financial and logistical nightmare.
 
2014-07-09 02:02:33 PM  

Talondel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc.

For the uninitiated.


Personally I believe the decision handed down was wrong. Pepsi Co. Didn't do the math. They should have delivered.
 
2014-07-09 02:03:46 PM  

FuzedBox: The Harrier would be one of the worst possible used military jets for a civilian to buy. It doesn't matter that it's in top condition now; it won't be for long. The inspection and part replacement costs are going to be a financial and logistical nightmare.


Yup not to mention the fact that VTOL aircraft seem to crash a lot.
 
2014-07-09 02:05:41 PM  
So simple, even a child could fly it.

Can I fly it?

Of course you can NOT.
 
2014-07-09 02:07:02 PM  

SurfaceTension: The mechanical components "appear to be in tip top condition"

[cdn.hark.com image 720x480]


Not that it happens often, but every time I heard the term tip top that's the first thing I think of.
 
2014-07-09 02:12:51 PM  

Egoy3k: FuzedBox: The Harrier would be one of the worst possible used military jets for a civilian to buy. It doesn't matter that it's in top condition now; it won't be for long. The inspection and part replacement costs are going to be a financial and logistical nightmare.

Egoy3k: FuzedBox: The Harrier would be one of the worst possible used military jets for a civilian to buy. It doesn't matter that it's in top condition now; it won't be for long. The inspection and part replacement costs are going to be a financial and logistical nightmare.

Yup not to mention the fact that VTOL aircraft seem to crash a lot.


Yeah, I would be surprised if the buyer ever uses the VTOL capability at all. Which would leave him with one very expensive, finicky, subsonic aircraft. May as well just buy a used military trainer at that point. They have about the same performance sans VTOL, can be bought by anyone rich enough to buy a new Cessna, and are plentiful on the market.
 
2014-07-09 02:22:17 PM  
It's also a biatch to fly.

Agrees...

image.minyanville.com
 
2014-07-09 02:26:30 PM  

Egoy3k: FuzedBox: The Harrier would be one of the worst possible used military jets for a civilian to buy. It doesn't matter that it's in top condition now; it won't be for long. The inspection and part replacement costs are going to be a financial and logistical nightmare.

Yup not to mention the fact that VTOL aircraft seem to crash a lot.


And the ejection seat has been deactivated.  Given that you can't dead stick a Harrier if the engine fails (the hydraulics lose power and all control surface except the rudder fail) there's no way anyone in their right mind would fly it.
 
2014-07-09 02:31:13 PM  

Mikey1969: It's also a biatch to fly.

Agrees...

[image.minyanville.com image 300x300]


even man-animals can learn to fly it
 
2014-07-09 02:33:04 PM  

Odoriferous Queef: Talondel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc.

For the uninitiated.

Personally I believe the decision handed down was wrong. Pepsi Co. Didn't do the math. They should have delivered.


People like you are why every commercial has to have 2,000 words of fine print so idiots don't do stupid things.
 
2014-07-09 02:43:01 PM  

abhorrent1: SurfaceTension: The mechanical components "appear to be in tip top condition"

[cdn.hark.com image 720x480]

American components, Russian Components....


Components is components.
 
2014-07-09 03:22:46 PM  

Talondel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc.

For the uninitiated.


I can still remember seeing that commercial for the first time and thinking they screwed up by showing the jet, that someone was going to get that many points and want one.
 
2014-07-09 03:25:47 PM  

ChipNASA: No Pepsi,
COKE.


/cheeseburga, cheeseburga, cheeseburga


No coke,PEPSI!
 
2014-07-09 03:26:52 PM  

ElwoodCuse: So simple, even a child could fly it.

Can I fly it?

Of course you can NOT.


Actually I have heard from pilots that barring some odd configuration (eurofighter) a good general rule of thumb is that the more powerful the plane the easier it is to fly*. I would assume the fighter jets would have pretty high power to weight ratios.

/by fly they mean not crash, not a slam against any pilot of any platform at all they are just talking about simple keeping the plane from hitting the ground flight.
 
2014-07-09 03:26:59 PM  
Jump jet, and wail?
www.theconnoisseurs.us
 
2014-07-09 03:27:10 PM  

FLMountainMan: People like you are why every commercial has to have 2,000 words of fine print so idiots don't do stupid things.


Yeah but the fine print didn't say no jet. Sure you would assume it's a joke, but people can buy this jet so I think Pepsi farked up and should have been forced to pay a settlement. Of course they didn't because it's Pepsi v. some guy, but plenty of state atty gen's sue over lesser false advertising and win.
 
2014-07-09 03:29:16 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: FLMountainMan: People like you are why every commercial has to have 2,000 words of fine print so idiots don't do stupid things.

Yeah but the fine print didn't say no jet. Sure you would assume it's a joke, but people can buy this jet so I think Pepsi farked up and should have been forced to pay a settlement. Of course they didn't because it's Pepsi v. some guy, but plenty of state atty gen's sue over lesser false advertising and win.


To be fair 'some guy' in this case had 700 large at his disposal.
 
2014-07-09 03:29:24 PM  

Mikey1969: It's also a biatch to fly.

Agrees...

[image.minyanville.com image 300x300]


You're fired.
 
2014-07-09 03:30:05 PM  
I would think that anyone who has accrued 7,000,000 Pepsi points would not fit into a Harrier. (maybe a Carrier--amirite?)
 
2014-07-09 03:44:29 PM  

beezeltown: I would think that anyone who has accrued 7,000,000 Pepsi points would not fit into a Harrier. (maybe a Carrier--amirite?)


He paid the cash equivalent he didn't collect 7,000,000 points.
 
2014-07-09 03:44:31 PM  

beezeltown: I would think that anyone who has accrued 7,000,000 Pepsi points would not fit into a Harrier. (maybe a Carrier--amirite?)


You were allowed to use cash to substitute for Pepsi points
 
2014-07-09 03:48:06 PM  

Talondel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc.

For the uninitiated.


Thanks, Fark, for making me feel a little less guilty about my bar prep study break.

/masochist
//don't do it to yourself
 
2014-07-09 03:50:48 PM  
But its just a 7 streak....
 
2014-07-09 04:29:46 PM  

Mikey1969: It's also a biatch to fly.

Agrees...

[image.minyanville.com image 300x300]


I kinda wonder if they built an oversized Harrier cockpit prop for that movie, so a big guy like Arnie wouldn't bump his head on the canopy. The Harrier cockpit is extremely cramped because of the size of the airplane, you pretty much have to be a short skinny guy to fit into one comfortably.
 
2014-07-09 04:33:08 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Mikey1969: It's also a biatch to fly.

Agrees...

[image.minyanville.com image 300x300]

I kinda wonder if they built an oversized Harrier cockpit prop for that movie, so a big guy like Arnie wouldn't bump his head on the canopy. The Harrier cockpit is extremely cramped because of the size of the airplane, you pretty much have to be a short skinny guy to fit into one comfortably.


Yeah, I'm sure that the mock up they built is nowhere near regulation size. There's probably someone on IMDB that even got it submitted as a  "goof" for the movie, with the direction THAT website has been heading...
 
2014-07-09 04:44:00 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel:


You came in THAT? You're braver than I thought.
 
2014-07-09 06:43:00 PM  
A few years ago I worked under the guy that was the kid in the Pepsi case.  It is my minor claim to pseudo-celebrity acquaintanceship.  He wasn't really serious, he just wanted to see how far it would get taken.
 
2014-07-09 06:51:45 PM  

Oldiron_79: Lt. Cheese Weasel:

You came in THAT? You're braver than I thought.


One of the more challenging, but rewarding lines while playing  Pants Wars.
 
2014-07-09 07:49:00 PM  
Dammit, I was hoping they'd take camel cash. I was saving up for my tracheotomy, but then I quit smoking.
 
2014-07-09 07:55:16 PM  

FuzedBox: Yeah, I would be surprised if the buyer ever uses the VTOL capability at all. Which would leave him with one very expensive, finicky, subsonic aircraft.


The downside is that you really can't use it as a conventional aircraft.  The outrigger undercarriage is fairly flimsily and the aircraft is designed for either vertical or short take-off and near vertical landings.  Conventional landing is possible but only in a very narrow range of speeds.
 
2014-07-09 07:59:09 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: I kinda wonder if they built an oversized Harrier cockpit prop for that movie, so a big guy like Arnie wouldn't bump his head on the canopy. The Harrier cockpit is extremely cramped because of the size of the airplane, you pretty much have to be a short skinny guy to fit into one comfortably.


Arnie isn't that tall.  He's about 5'08" or 5'09", but obviously the muscle mass can make him pretty broad in the shoulders and be a tight fit.

When you watch Top Gun you should note that Tom Cruise is about the only cast member who was actually small enough to realistically be a F-14 pilot.  Tim Robbins is 6'05" and is WAY TOO TALL to comfortably fit in a F-14.
 
2014-07-09 09:44:06 PM  

mrmopar5287: FuzedBox: Yeah, I would be surprised if the buyer ever uses the VTOL capability at all. Which would leave him with one very expensive, finicky, subsonic aircraft.

The downside is that you really can't use it as a conventional aircraft.  The outrigger undercarriage is fairly flimsily and the aircraft is designed for either vertical or short take-off and near vertical landings.  Conventional landing is possible but only in a very narrow range of speeds.


Hence the word "finicky". I probably should have clarified that the buyer would probably never set the thrust vectoring anywhere near the full 90° setting. STOL performance is possible with the Harrier, in fact the majority of takeoffs and landings are handled in this manner; the thrust vectoring is just not in a full VTOL position.
 
2014-07-09 09:44:43 PM  

mrmopar5287: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: I kinda wonder if they built an oversized Harrier cockpit prop for that movie, so a big guy like Arnie wouldn't bump his head on the canopy. The Harrier cockpit is extremely cramped because of the size of the airplane, you pretty much have to be a short skinny guy to fit into one comfortably.

Arnie isn't that tall.  He's about 5'08" or 5'09", but obviously the muscle mass can make him pretty broad in the shoulders and be a tight fit.

When you watch Top Gun you should note that Tom Cruise is about the only cast member who was actually small enough to realistically be a F-14 pilot.  Tim Robbins is 6'05" and is WAY TOO TALL to comfortably fit in a F-14.


Er. . .Arnie is 6'2".  As such you are hereby labelled a retard and need to commence to eating paste. . .or as you were.
 
2014-07-09 11:49:19 PM  
SirDigbyChickenCaesar:   even man-animals can learn to fly it


I wonder what is more pathetic and sad - that you quoted Battlefield Earth or that i knew that line is from Battlefield Earth.
 
2014-07-10 11:16:18 AM  

SirEattonHogg: SirDigbyChickenCaesar:   even man-animals can learn to fly it


I wonder what is more pathetic and sad - that you quoted Battlefield Earth or that i knew that line is from Battlefield Earth.


Call it a tie?
 
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