Are you an aspiring warlord on a budget? Are you tired of losing business to other drug cartels just because you lack air superiority? Maybe you’re just sick of waiting for your checked baggage at your local airport. Well now you can buy your own air force for a fraction of the price of a single, well-equipped private jet.
Raptor Aviation out of Port St. Lucie, Florida is brokering the sale of 20 Cold War-era “light strike aircraft”—IAI Tzukits, the Israeli version of the Fouga CM.170 Magister—for the low price of $200,000.
The planes are currently located in Israel, and are not all flight-ready, though Raptor Aviation is quick to note that the planes also come with a sizeable stock of parts to keep them all in operating condition for years to come. This is important, because the company that produces them went out of business in 1961.
“They’ll need about $20,000-25,000 USD in repairs before they can fly again,” Albert from Raptor Aviation told The Aviationist in a phone interview. “They need some restoration.”