Soviet-Era Ukranian Bomber Briefly Appears on eBay for £1.8 Million

By Tom Pritchard on at

Have you ever wanted to own a plane from a long-gone oppressive regime? Who am I kidding, of course you have. Someone over in the Ukraine tried to capitalise on this ever-expanding market, which is why they put a 27-year-old Tupolev TU-95 bomber up for sale on eBay.

For a pocket-change sum of $3 million (£1.8 million) you had the chance to get your hands on a piece of history. Appropriately listed as "used," this fine specimen has reportedly accumulated 454 hours of flight so far. This may seem like a lot, but the TU-95 does have a lifespan of 5,000 flight hours, meaning it hasn't even reached adolescence yet.

The seller promised the plane was in "decent condition" and would be ready to fly after it had been serviced -- not that you'd be able to fly it without specialist training, of course. Sadly, for those of you with your heart set on completing your Soviet-era military hardware collection, after three bids the listing was taken down without explanation. Sad I know, but did you really want to go all the way to the Ukraine to pick it up? [Metro]