Albania to auction off 40 communist-era aircraft

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Unread post04 Feb 2016, 07:43

The defence ministry said the aircraft, all of it made by the Soviet Union or China, would go under auction in the capital Tirana on 22 February. The ministry said all the aircraft would be of "historic" value only, and "for a civilian purpose". Various museums and private collectors had expressed an interest, a ministry spokeswoman told the AFP news agency.

Edlira Prendi said that although the overall auction value had been put at about 440,000 euros ($483,000), each aircraft could be sold individually. The items for sale include 10 Mig-19s, six Mig-21s, six Yak-18s and four Mi-4 helicopters. Ms Prendi said they had received expressions of interest from Greece, Germany, France and the United States, AFP reports.


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