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Rich Russian tries to buy U.S. bomber at airshow

Mirage

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Here's a weird one for you. Makes me wonder why he wanted this...

Fri Aug 24, 5:26 AM ET

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A wealthy Russian tried to buy a U.S. B-52 bomber from a group of shocked American pilots at an airshow 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 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.
Rich Russian tries to buy U.S. bomber at airshow: paper - Yahoo! News
 

Doc

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I believe that is is actually possible to privately acquire one, and in working order. You can get used fighter jets, for sure, so I don't see why they wouldn't sell off an old bomber.
 

Hi_Im_Tim

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This is weird, I wonder what he wanted to do with that bomber.
 

Doc

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Ever see Batman Begins? There's a little change on a phrase they use that I like to mention once and a while: "Being rich enough to buy things that aren't for sale."
 

Van

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I believe it goes something like, "What do people like me do Alfred?" He replies, "Drive sports cars, date movie stars, buy things that are not for sale."

But I've seen the movie too many times, It's one of my favorites.

My favorite part by the way, "You see, I'm buying this hotel."

Who wouldn't want a super fast US made plane? It would make a great personal jet.
 
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Doc

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Heh, the B-52 was built more for long range than speed. It just goes higher than everything that could shoot it down.
 
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