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Old 09-04-2019, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Go big or go home they say. I'd say both in this case!
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Reminds me of an old Top Gear episode where Jeremy buys a jet for his yard art. Suffice it to say, he is no longer married to his wife at that time.
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Try this for next level collection

This French chateau is home to the world’s largest private collection of fighter jets


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That is a sweet collection but also a little sad. They look like they're just rotting in place and if they don't get a little love soon, they'll be lost forever. It's a shame whoever owns them can't have a proper way to store them out of the elements, let alone keep them in some kind of decent restoration appearence. There are a few folks here in the U.S. who have managed to do that, maybe elsewhere, too.

The other thing about this that breaks my heart--As much as I love seeing WWII and the few post-WWII warbirds that do fly, I'm afraid there's just too much expense and complications to keep Cold War and beyond warbirds flying.
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I did a bit of Googling and Michel Pont currently has 110 aircraft on his land. Many of them he purchased from NATO bases where the obsolete aircraft were put up for sale for scrap. He's 87, has more money than time, and has been rescuing aircraft for 30 years. Some of the newer ones he has came from trades of rare older aircraft to museums. He does have some under simple car-port style roofs but many are in the open. He has restored some and hopes to do so with as many as he can get to in his remaining time. Yes, some may deteriorate beyond repair, but that fate is better than the scraping that he saved them from, or for that matter, the many rare aircraft the US has sent to bomb ranges to use as targets.
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