Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Douglas AD-4N Skyraider with armament - Judge orders vintage military aircraft owned by Alabama man forfeited to US government

A federal judge in Birmingham, Ala., has ordered that this vintage military airplane be forfeited to the U.S. government because it was smuggled into the country illegally. The plane is shown in this file photo in storage at the Bessemer Municipal Airport with owner Claude Hendrickson, who said after the plane was seized in 2009 that he was unaware he had to register the plane with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A federal judge has ordered a vintage military airplane purchased by a Shelby County man to be forfeited to the U.S. government because it was illegally smuggled into the country.  The forfeited Douglas AD-4N Skyraider that Claude Hendrickson said he purchased from a private owner in France more than two years ago and brought into the country is headed to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. More

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