Sure, the Pentagon will always be famous for wasting $640 on a toilet seat, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking to make a buck! Next week the Defense Department will sell off 27 million pounds of old warplanes--some going back before Vietnam--to profit from current scrap metal prices.
The online auction is expected to bring in $9 million to $10 million. With that the Air Force can maybe buy a single wing for an F-35!
The metal (aluminum, steel, magnesium and titanium) is coming from old aircraft like C-141 Starlifters, A-4 Skyhawks, S-3 Vikings (I remember hearing those fly over Coronado when my husband was stationed at North Island...), and even T-34 trainers that are 60 years old!
But for national security reasons, the Pentagon is mandating that all buyers cut up the metal into 4x4-inch pieces before reselling it. As one analyst tells Reuters, "The Chinese have been humongous buyers of aluminum and copper scrap."