The military has found a way to turn a plane into a $2.5 million scrap aircraft part for sale, a practice that has been widely criticized as “a scam” and “the greatest waste of taxpayer dollars” that has occurred in the U.S. military’s history.
The sale of the plane’s components is legal, as long as the sale takes place in an “official authorized auction,” the U,S.
Department of Defense said in a news release Thursday.
The military uses the aircraft parts as scrap to make spare parts for its aircraft.
The military doesn’t use the aircraft to make weapons, although the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has spent millions of dollars to develop a laser cannon and a missile defense system.
The part price was first reported by the New York Times.
The program was first publicized in September 2015 when a group of about 25 retired and current Air Force officers, scientists, engineers and technicians from all over the world visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington to examine the plane and examine what they called a “stale” piece of aircraft.
The report, which included a full-page advertisement in the Times, described the parts as “the world’s finest.”
The article described a “scrapy” plane that was “too old, damaged or worn out to fly.”
“The plane had a cracked tail wing and was damaged by a flak shell,” the Times said, which had been repaired at a cost of more than $3 million.
“The airplane also had the distinctive black-and-white stripe down the left side of the fuselage that the military uses to identify aircraft it is looking for.”
The paper also described the plane as “almost certainly” the only surviving airplane from a U. S. Air Force flight that crashed during a test flight over the Soviet Union in 1968.
The plane was found in a storage facility near Denver in 2009.
It was taken to a museum for restoration and display.
The company that made the plane, Air Force Research Laboratory, had its charter revoked after its sale to the U S. government.
The U.s. government said in March that the parts would be auctioned off.
The National Air & Space Museum and other military museums are allowed to sell the aircraft as scrap, but the sale must take place in a “official approved auction.”
The agency did not specify how long the auction would take.