In the market for used transportation that will make you the talk of the neighborhood?
You might want to put in a bid on a pair of surplus Fort Riley-based craft going on the auction block next week.
Beginning May 30, the Department of Defense will take bids on a pair of U.S. Air Force mini aircraft training aids that have been used for teaching purposes on post. The Government Liquidation office describes them as “far from unusable in the private sector for their intended purpose or in an alternate way.” The following may turn out to be the best part: Bidding starts at $25.
The “jets”— they are actually battery-powered and do not fly— were manufactured by Davis Technologies International and have been used primarily for on-the-ground instruction of pilots. They each have a wingspan of 11 feet and are 16 feet long and 4.5 feet tall; the wings can be removed for transportation.
One question for potential buyers: Are they street-legal where you live? In Manhattan and most Kansas jurisdictions, that may require some modifications. Capt. Kurt Moldrup, head of patrol for he Riley County Police Department, said the tests for whether a vehicle can actually be driven on roadways include the presence of working headlights and brakelights, turn signals, and windshields or suitable alternatives. It would also, of course, have to have license tags.
The sellers suggest a good use might be in a children’s museum or amusement park, where rides could be offered. Or somebody with enough private property could purchase one to tool around the back forty. With modifications, they think it also might work as a golf cart. If nothing else, it would certainly be intimidating to pull up in one behind a foursome prone to slow play.
Bidding begins at 11 p.m. local time May 29 and closes on Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m. local time.
Those interested in checking out the information can do so via a link provided at themercury.com.