You can apparently purchase an F-16 fighter jet in Florida now


Is your ego writing checks your body can’t cash? It’s time to buzz the tower, because right now a fully-operational 1980 F-16 fighter jet is on the market in Florida for a cool $8 million.

Posted to Palm Beach-based JetLease, the F-16 was mostly recently flown by the country of Jordan, which is now in the process of liquidating some of their older jets. But this old mare still has a lot of kick, and actually clocks in a max speed of Mach 2.05 (1,573 mph), plus it’s been serviced to fly for at least another 8,000 hours.

According to The Drive, this particular F-16 is actually almost entirely intact, and comes with a Link16 wireless datalink system, a night-vision compatible cockpit with a Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, and a data-bus for modern guided weapons. But before you start having any “Top Gun” fantasies, know that the jet has been completely demilitarized.

Of course, if you do have the cash for this 40-year-old fighter jet, you also need to comply with the U.S. government’s ITARS (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) rules, which essentially means you need a giant pile of certifications.

But still, wouldn’t be nice to be called “Iceman” at least once?

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.