The United States government has been selling old World War Two planes over the last decade to pick up a few extra dollars for its treasury and show the American people that it can still get some money without taxes.
MS Various vintage planes (2 shots)
MS Inside cockpit - mechanic refurbishing
MS Mechanic working on motor
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MV Vintage plane coming out of hangar and taking off down runway
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Background: The United States government has been selling old World War Two planes over the last decade to pick up a few extra dollars for its treasury and show the American people that it can still get some money without taxes. One of those planes is the T-28 trainer, a small stub-nose single engine modified jet.
During the end of World War Two, the plane was used to train Air Force pilots in the new mysteries of jet flights. Since there was no possible use for the plane in the modern air force, the United States decided to sell their for two thousand dollars.
Now the government has found a new use for the plane and is buying them back for fourteen thousand dollars. It seems that when the planes are fixed up and made bright and shiny, a number of countries want them to adorn their own air forces. The T-28 is a relatively slow, economical plane that can carry heavy loads of bombs, machine guns and other weapons.
Under one of its many aid programs, the United States is sending the plant to thirteen nations with the bulk going to Thailand. The United States may be losing money on the deal -- $12,000 per plane -- but they are keeping a number of countries of happy in the process. Such bad business can sometimes be good diplomacy.