Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, died last October after a fight with cancer. He was just 65. The business magnate was equally known for his passion for aircrafts and aviation in general, which led him to start a space transportation venture called Stratolaunch – the company behind the world-record breaking “Roc” satellite-launcher aircraft.
Paul Allen, over his lifetime, acquired many rare 20th-century military aircrafts that are preserved at his Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. Now that he is gone, much of his collection of aircrafts along with the Stratolaunch company are slowly being liquidated. Among the items on sale is the MiG-29 Fulcrum that was acquired by Allen in 2011. It is considered to be the finest example of a MiG-29 Fulcrum in private hands anywhere in the world.
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The MiG-29 UB model that lacks the single-seat Fulcrum’s radar. The aircraft, which was used for training, among other roles, was built at the tail-end of the Cold War, in 1989.
It saw service with the Ukrainian Air Force during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Eventually, Ukraine refurbished and demilitarized the jet and offered it for sale on the international market around 2005.
It was imported into the United States by famed warbird aficionado John Sessions, who runs the Historic Flight Foundation, which is also located at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.
Paul Allen bought the Mig in 2011 for an undisclosed amount and remained a crown jewel in Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum with the jet being spotted regularly flying over Paine Field. The aircraft is being marketed by Dallas-based aircraft brokers and aviation consulting firm MENTE Group and looking for a well-heeled jet enthusiast.
The jet is being marketed by aircraft brokers and aviation consulting firm MENTE Group that is based in Dallas, Texas. Their listing states that the airframe only has 570 hours of total time, with each of its Klimov RD-33 afterburning turbofan engines having accrued just 60 hours since being totally overhauled.
That number also represents the total flight time this aircraft has flown since it was brought back to life in the United States. Both of the aircraft’s K2 K36DM ejection seats are also hot. Avionics include an ADS-B transponder and a Garmin 530 GPS. All of the gauges and placards in English.