Sun, Aug 26, 2007
$500 Million Pricetag Reportedly Not An Issue
A USAF aircrew displaying a B-52 Stratofortress bomber at the
Moscow Air Show last week was shocked, to say the least, when a
wealthy Russian offered to buy their aircraft.
Reuters reports the unidentified Russian businessman -- flanked
by bodyguards -- approached the delegation, and asked to buy the
And he wasn't phased by the price quoted by one astonished
member of the US contingent -- at least $500 million.
"That is no problem. It is such a cool machine," Russia's
Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted the man as saying.
The paper also helpfully notes the bomber was not sold.
Fueled by profits made in commodities trading -- and some
less-than-legal enterprises -- following the 1991 collapse of the
Soviet Union, Russia's nouveau riche frequently display
their great fortunes through rather outlandish means. Bentley
automobiles are often seen speeding through the streets of Moscow,
as their owners satisfy their need for luxury by purchasing Faberge
eggs... and British soccer teams.
But ya gotta admit... a private B-52 would trump all of
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