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Controversial stealth aircraft canopy for sale on eBay?

The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
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An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
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An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
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An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)
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The cockpit canopy reportedly made for the failed A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft, which is now for sale on eBay (Photo: Seth Kettleman)

Twenty-eight years ago, the United States Navy decided that it wanted a field replacement for its A-6 Intruder ground-attack aircraft. A team from McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics won the contract to design the plane, which would be an all-weather, aircraft carrier-based stealth bomber, known as the A-12 Avenger II. Its first flight was planned for December 1990, but technical difficulties and cost overruns kept the team from meeting that deadline. By January 1991, in fact, the Secretary of Defense cancelled the program due to breach of contract. A legal battle between the Navy and McDonnell Douglas ensued, and continues to this day. Now, however, it's possible to own a literal "piece" of the story - a cockpit canopy reportedly made for the A-12 is for sale on eBay.

According to an article posted on The Dew Line blog, the canopy was first found for sale on the GovDeals.com website by surplus aircraft parts dealer Seth Kettleman. It was advertised as being an A-12 canopy, and he ended up winning it in an online auction, with a bid of US$2,300. According to Kettleman, serial numbers and other manufacturing data on the canopy verify that it was indeed manufactured for the A-12.

An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft
An artist's impression of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft

The canopy had been sent to GovDeals about two months ago by Purdue University, where it had been languishing in an aviation department hangar for over 15 years. Apparently, no one seems to know how it got there.

Anyhow, should you think that the canopy might look good in your rec room, you'd better do some serious budgeting - Kettleman has set its eBay Buy-it-Now price at US$620,238.

9 comments
Paulson07
Not really applicable maybe with big-ticket items such as this thing, but as far as buying/saving on eBay in general goes: Use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You get an e-mail whenever a matching item is listed. Especially good for \"Buy It Now\"s that are priced right. Try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might not ever see them. If you see an auction that you want to bid on, use a sniping service such as Hidbid.com to bid for you. It\'ll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.
Mr Stiffy
Nice... expensive scrap metal.
SpaceBagels
Custom super powerboat builders have been sourcing f16 canopies for years. Seems like thosekind of people with an insane amount of money would buy them...
Griffin
Considering what collectors have paid for SR-71 parts,etc., it is within reason that somebody in that strata will show the dough to take it home. It is crazy,too, what people will pay for rags with oil stains (art,so called). Never underestimate what people will pay for \"the only one\".
Jay Finke
I don\'t need a spare
fixman88
Wow, I didn\'t know they actually got far enough to make an entire canopy for the \'flying Dorito\'! I bet it would have been formidable had they actually been able to make it work...
Gregg Eshelman
This and a bunch of computer graphics = the next direct to video Sci-Fi \"thriller\". ;)
Eletruk
Up to $620,000+ on 1/1/2012 Would have made a great solar racer, but not at that price.
JNiccum
I saw this very canopy in the summer 1991 in the education labs at the Purdue airport. That's very interesting to finally find out what it was supposed to go to. I wonder if the composite leading edge mold in the same room came from the same project.
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