Rich Russian tries to buy U.S. bomber at air show

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    Unhappy Rich Russian tries to buy U.S. bomber at air show

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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A wealthy Russian tried to buy a U.S. B-52 bomber from a group of shocked American pilots at an air show near Moscow, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday.


    The unidentified Russian, wearing sunglasses and surrounded by bodyguards, approached the U.S. delegation and asked to buy the bomber, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said.

    An astounded member of the U.S. delegation said the bomber was not for sale but that it would cost at least $500 million (249.5 million pounds) if it were to be sold on the spot.

    "That is no problem. It is such a cool machine," the Russian was quoted as saying by the newspaper, which said its reporter overheard the conversation. The bomber was not sold.

    Russia's new rich, who built fantastic fortunes trading commodities and contacts after the fall of the Soviet Union, have made a name for themselves as ostentatious purchasers of everything from British football clubs to Faberge eggs.
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    I would guess "If you can afford the price you can afford the fuel" and the bomb load?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Chief View Post
    I would guess "If you can afford the price you can afford the fuel" and the bomb load?
    Yeah, but, I'd rather get an F-4 or a F-15. Sorta like a mustang vs
    a 18 wheeler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Yeah, but, I'd rather get an F-4 or a F-15. Sorta like a mustang vs
    a 18 wheeler.
    It all depends on what the rich Russian was going to use it for.

    Alot of Russian mobsters made thier money by smuggling Heroin from the M.E. to eriope.

    This is just speculation, but maybe he was going to use that bomber to smuggle drugs?

    You could carry a lot of drugs in a B-52 bomber!
    Hell, you could even air drop it into the ghettos across the world!
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    If you need to ask "How Much?" - You can't afford it.

    If I happened to be standing around at that air show...I would have sold it to him.

    At a much better price than the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statute Of Liberty.
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    The last B-52 was built in 1962 and the Air Force plans on keeping them in service until 2040. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaskasava View Post
    The last B-52 was built in 1962 and the Air Force plans on keeping them in service until 2040. Wow.
    Just goes to show you, when you find something that works, leave it alone. I am actually glad they haven't made anymore, the engineers would have screwed up a perfectly good design by trying to "modernize" it.
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    Reminds me how cluelessly rich some (or is that some rich) people are...but it does make a humorous sound bite.

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    I'd be willing to bet that every cubic foot of exhaust in that photo is costing $100 or more.

    If my googling came up with the right figures, then the cost approximates: $500M for the plane; 350K lbs of fuel (6.84 lbs/gal) @ $4.50/gal = $230K per load; and 60K lbs of MK84 2000-lb bombs @ $3500 ea = $105K per load. Add in crews, servicing over time, the cost of hangars, the cost of spare parts, the cost of runways large enought to handle it, and it wouldn't surprise me the cost could be north of $20-30M/yr to maintain, if flown quite a bit and yet maintained with a planned ~50yr service life. (~750 in service over the Vietnam War years, but unknown how many used in-theater, heavily used. That would be a big number, the cost of flying' those babies for ~5yrs of active runs.)

    Meh. Just another oil field, to the nouveau riche.

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