Sensitive military aircraft parts ended up on eBay last week and a few were even sold, before the U.S. Air Force yanked them off the site. Norb Novocin, the dealer who put the parts up for sale, bought them legitimately in an unclaimed property sale from a warehouse, where they had been in storage. They are used in the SR-71 spy plane, the F-16 fighter, KC-10 aerial tankers and C-5 Galaxy giant cargo jets.
The parts are coded ?D,? meaning that if they are not used, they must be destroyed rather than sold. The shipment got lost 12 years ago on its way from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Georgia.
While the parts are no longer used in classified military aircraft, they would be of great value to other nations, such as Iraq and Iran, that are always looking for replacement parts for their U.S.-manufactured military fighter planes. Many of these nations harbor terrorist organizations or are official enemies of the U.S.
Lt. Col. Mike Caldwell, the Air Force public affairs chief at the Pentagon, says"This is now under active investigation by the Office of Special Investigations."
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