Rare ME163B Komet Offered In Online Auction | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.23.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.23.14 **
** Airborne 07.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.21.14 **
** Airborne 07.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.18.14 **

Mon, Mar 12, 2012

Rare ME163B Komet Offered In Online Auction

Airplane Salvaged From Nazi Germany

An extremely rare aviation artifact popped up on an online auction site earlier this week: an ME163B Komet salvaged from Nazi Germany. According to Wikipedia, the Komet was the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to be operational.

The item is described as an original example of the airplane "with original controls, engine, drive train...everything down to the mk canons-and it is completely functional." The seller says the airplane is fully documented and is currently stored in Germany.

The seller says that following a mission in early 1945, the airplane caught fire just after landing. However, the fire was quickly extinguished and caused only minor external damage.

The airplane was reportedly moved to a salvage area, and was hidden by a group of Luftwaffe officers until after the end of the war. It has been reconstructed, he says, with "all original materials" unless none were available. In that case, the materials used ware fabricated according to the manufacturing processes used during the war. The seller says the plane is "85 percent complete," with only the tail section left to restore.

The seller claims that there are only seven of the planes left in existence. The current "Buy Now" price on the airplane is just under $1 million U.S. Shipping to the United States is estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000. The seller estimates the plane's value between $3.2 and $4.5 million. There is no reserve, but the seller has asked that the bidding start at $650,000 ... no takers so far. The auction will end on March 17th. (Image: Komet on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.)

FMI: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=276309655

Advertisement

More News

NBAA Establishes New Weather Subcommittee

FAA Officials On Hand For The Announcement Of The Group NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on Monday announced the formation of a new NBAA group focused on improvements in aviation we>[...]

U.S. House Hearing Will Examine State Of U.S. Aviation Manufacturing

Witness List Includes AEA's Blakey, GAMA's Bunce The Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, chaired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hea>[...]

ANN's 'Who's Who' At Oshkosh: Katherine Tryon

Introducing Staff, Stringers, Videographers, And People Who Make It All Work Anyone who's ever been to Oshkosh knows that there are hundreds of events and activities as well as ten>[...]

Appeals Court Says FAA May Not Prevent Texas EquuSearch From Using Drones

Once Again, A Federal Judges Has Ruled That The FAA Cannot Stop The Use Of Commercial Drones Unless They Are Enforcing Published Regulations ... The FAA Has A Differing Opinion Ear>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.23.14)

Expert Craft Building or restoring your own airplane, or even considering a homebuilt project? This site allows you to keep a complete online log of your project, complete with not>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC