Now a rather sadder story... XL391, above, was the example at Blackpool Airport here in the UK. Unfortunately the sea air of Blackpool, the northern weather and her owner were not kind to her. The exhaust cowlings had gone, the engine mounts were rusting fast; the landing gear was increasingly unsafe (the nose leg was actually cracked) and she was sinking into the sandy soil. The cockpit was open to the public for an entrance fee but most of the instruments and controls including both joysticks had been removed, stolen or smashed by vandals. The aircraft was up for sale for some time, with the owner apparently asking a price that was rather too high considering the condition of the old girl. Eventually he got fed up with the lack of interest and put it on eBay, where - incredibly - it sold for a sum of more than ú15,000 - far more than it was worth. The new owner, a publican from Dukinfield near Manchester, apparently planned to park the aircraft next to his pub as an attraction. However he clearly had no idea of the poor state of the airframe, and didn't attempt to find this out before the purchase. Predictably, therefore, there were soon reports of him attempting to get his money back (unsuccessfully), while parking fees continued to mount. Eventually he gave the airframe back to its owner and made a settlement for the parking fees. The owner then finally sold it to a scrap merchant and it was hacked to bits on January 12th/13th. Sandbach, the scrap merchants involved, made a poor attempt at 'saving' the nose, damaging it so badly in the process it wasn't worth much. Sure enough when offered on eBay for ú2,000 there were no bidders. When a direct approach was made to them to buy the nose, they wanted ú4,000! Needless to say it did not sell and was scrapped along with the engines a few days later. A sad and predictable end to a tale of neglect and a lesson in how not to preserve an aircraft!