....I also remember Bobvan posting a pic of a Harrier back then too.
Was going to submit one one myself but got a bit sidetracked by RL concerns and a couple challenges (one of which the pic below was submitted to).
OK, now remember the the “Pepsi Points Case” when the company aired a commercial years ago where they claimed for seven million Pepsi points you could get a Harrier which depicted a teenager landing one in his school’s car park? Well an enterprising business student named John Leonard did just that. He amassed the total needed by raising 700,000$ from several investors to purchase the required number of points (at .10 each) and then asked for his prize. Of course the soft drink maker was not about to give anyone a 33$ million fighter jet and only made mention of it in the advert in “jest”.
(To actually acquire that many points by the “spirit” of the promotion would have required drinking 7 million cans of Pepsi or about 190 cans a day for the next 100 years.)
Well undaunted by the rebuff, Leonard attempted to sue the company for “breach of contract” and fraud however the case was thrown out.by the Southern NY district court on the grounds that what was depicted in the commercial was an “exaggerated adolescent fantasy” and that “no objective person could reasonably have concluded that the commercial actually offered consumers a Harrier jet.” The decision was upheld by the US court of appeals as well as the Pentagon which stated that even if Pepsi had lost the case, it would still not be able to acquire one of the planes. According to one Pentagon official to even allow such an offer to the general public, the plane would have to be stripped of all armaments and rendered unflyable.
Basically, a state of the art military jet still in active service precludes it being sold to civilians on the open market.
...well…unless, one is a highly respected member of the Nobility who is also on call to His Majesty’s Secret Service and actually knows how to fly one of he buggers…
...that lead to the pic below.
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