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It flew for the private threat simulation and training contractor Air USA in Quincy, Illinois. It was registered to an address in Henderson, Nevada not far from Nellis AFB and the massive Nellis Test and Training Range, home of some of the most classified aerial combat training exercises in the world.
And now you can buy it for the very reasonable price of $4.65 million USD. It is a beautiful, late model United Aircraft Corporation MiG-29UB (NATO codename "Fulcrum") two-seat tactical aircraft.
Calls - Albert - Heidinger - Raptor - Aviation
"We've had a few serious calls," Albert Heidinger of Raptor Aviation in Port St. Lucie, Florida told The Aviationist.
The aircraft listing went up on the Raptor Aviation website recently. The two-seat MiG-29UB was built in 1986 at the Kalyazinsky Machine Building Plant north of Moscow.
Airframe - Total - Flight - Hours - Manufacture
The airframe has a total of only 818 flight hours since manufacture and only 118 hours since a complete airframe overhaul at the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant in Ukraine. The paint is very fresh looking, a beautiful three-color, blue and two-tone gray air superiority color scheme with Russian Aerospace Forces national markings and "bort" number "37". It carries the US civilian experimental aircraft registry of N129XX.
Realistically, a low-time, recently depot-overhauled twin-engine, two-seat, highly capable 4th generation combat aircraft for only $4.65 million is a very good value. New price for a MiG-29, depending on version, ranges from approximately $11-20 million USD.
Comparison - Shopping - Cessna - Citation - XLS
If you decide to do some comparison shopping, consider a Cessna Citation XLS business jet with 2,000+ hours sells for $7.1 million.
The price of a bargain-basement (and less capable) Chengdu FC-1 Fierce Dragon single-engine fighter is over four times higher than the marked-down MiG at $20 million USD. These prices make the $4.65 million for the '86 MiG-29UB seem like a bargain.
Customer - Aircraft - Somebody
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