Two Historic Fighter Jets Being Auctioned Off in Mojave

Surplus F-100 Super Sabre up for auction.

How would you like to own a piece of aviation history?

There is an online auction of two F-100 Super Sabre jet fighters stored at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The Super Sabre was the first supersonic jet in the U.S. inventory. After they were retired from military service, these two jets were used as experimental aircraft.

The jets have been sitting out there for years now. The dry desert heat has probably preserved them well. One piece of advice to buyers: check for snakes. Snakes on the plane, in the plane, under the plane, anywhere near the plane. Just…be careful.

The auction also includes other surplus items from the Mojave spaceport and an electrical engineering school. Two Humvees used by the U.S. Forestry Service are among the items.

Act soon. The lots begin to close on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. PDT.

So Exactly How Safe Will SpaceShipTwo Be?

Richard Branson rolls out Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Unity in Mojave. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Richard Branson rolls out Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Unity in Mojave. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

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By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

With the recent roll out of VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic marked a symbolic milestone in its recovery from the October 2014 accident that destroyed the first SpaceShipTwo and killed pilot Mike Alsbury.

Two questions loomed large over the celebrity-studded event. When will it fly? And how safe will it be when it does?

Company officials gave no timeline on the first question. Their answers about SpaceShipTwo’s safety differed significantly from previous claims they made over the last 11.5 years.

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