Air-To-Air Missile For Sale On Ebay

Discussion in 'Europe and Russia' started by WMD, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. WMD

    WMD Regular Member

    Jan 2, 2013
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    City of Temples
    The great thing about eBay is that it has a little bit of everything, but this De Haviland Firestreak missile may be a first.

    The De Haviland was employed for 31 years by the UK, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia from 1957 to 1988 and was the first of its kind for the Royal Air Force.

    The Firestreak used the aircraft's radar to lock onto a target and the state-of-the-art technology provided the first effective British air-to-air missile ever. It could only be fired under clear skies, with no cloud cover, but was still a special weapon to the UK that only installed them on select fighters.

    Ebay has a pretty extensive weapons and military gear policy, and the De Haviland seems like it would fall in the following guidelines of restricted items:

    Military ordnance such as weapons, ammunition, and their related parts—even if the items are considered demilitarized, demilled, rendered inert, or unserviceable. We can't confirm whether an item has been changed in such a way that makes it safe and legal to sell or transport.

    The listing says the Firestreak has been disassembled and its explosives and fuel removed, which is a good thing for more than one reason.

    The Magpie motor used a toxic fuel that required handlers to wear chemical and radiation suits for protection.

    Missile bidding starts at £800.00 or about thirteen-hundred bucks, may be picked up in the United Kingdom and it's up for auction another five days.

    This Firestreak Air-To-Air Missile On Ebay - Business Insider
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  3. spikey360

    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

    Jan 19, 2011
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    The Republic of India
    It's as good as a harmless replica.
  4. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

    Sep 28, 2011
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    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013

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