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Is it possible to buy decommissioned fighter jet airplanes?

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It is possible to buy decommissioned fighter aircraft for private use provided that the weapons and other sensitive military hardware is stripped out of the aircraft before it is sold. Laws regarding the purchase of foreign military aircraft are less stringent, so many private fighter aircraft are from foreign manufacturers.

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Military jets that are still in active service are usually banned from sale to private individuals, though in some cases there are exceptions for earlier versions of a particular model that have been phased out of service completely. Prices for more modern fighters can top $10 million, but older foreign fighters such as the MiG aircraft used by Soviet bloc forces may be found for as little as $250,000.

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