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Wow, can you imagine if the dollar amount worth, if even a small portion of that stuff could have had their value forecast?  Of course, war time business and all no one thought like that, but from a modern perspective, its quite the eye opener............and a bit sad from an aviation buff perspective. 

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17 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Wow, can you imagine if the dollar amount worth, if even a small portion of that stuff could have had their value forecast?  Of course, war time business and all no one thought like that, but from a modern perspective, its quite the eye opener............and a bit sad from an aviation buff perspective. 

 

Well, that's  saying  it quite another way indeed.........

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I think it's wrong to say that no one thought ahead, I mean if they didn't, there wouldn't have been as much preserved in museums around the world as there has been. People always lament about how little survived, but I think it's remarkable we have as much as we currently do.

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On 11/19/2019 at 4:53 AM, BradG said:

I think it's wrong to say that no one thought ahead, I mean if they didn't, there wouldn't have been as much preserved in museums around the world as there has been. People always lament about how little survived, but I think it's remarkable we have as much as we currently do.

 

That's sort of true.  But most of what was saved for posterity was saved by accident, not by design.  Otherwise they wouldn't have dug a giant pit and buried all of the invaluable stuff they did at places like O'Hare and Freeman Field.  Almost no Allied "all stars" were saved (think "Dragon and his tail" and "Nine-o-Nine").  Only the very most famous aircraft were earmarked for posterity - Enola Gay, Bockscar, Strawberry B**ch..  

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On 11/18/2019 at 5:34 PM, Jennings Heilig said:

If only they had known...

 

My first flight instructor was retired USAF - remarkable career, P-51s at the tail end of WWII, Edwards test pilot including XB-70, two tours in Vietnam, finished up testing the F-15. He told me that back in the mid 50s he had a chance to buy surplus P-51s for $1500. His wife wouldn't let him. Bummer . . .

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On 11/22/2019 at 12:16 AM, b757captain said:

 

My first flight instructor was retired USAF - remarkable career, P-51s at the tail end of WWII, Edwards test pilot including XB-70, two tours in Vietnam, finished up testing the F-15. He told me that back in the mid 50s he had a chance to buy surplus P-51s for $1500. His wife wouldn't let him. Bummer . . .

 

Post war in Australia, many farmers bought surplus aircraft for the engines, the fittings, wheels and tires along with any fuel that was left in the tanks. I believe the ANAM's Kittyhawk was bought for a few hundred dollars by a farmer who eventually donated it to the museum in the 60's.

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