You Can Now Buy A Fleet Of Humvees At $7,000 A Pop

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A formation of armored vehicles, manned by U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel, stand ready to lead a convoy of coalition forces through the parade grounds established for the 50/20 celebration in Kuwait on Feb. 21, 2011.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. M Benjamin Gable

If you’ve ever dreamed of rolling up to a stoplight in a Humvee and mean-mugging the cold-brew-coffee-drinking hipster in the Prius next to you, starting Wednesday, Sept. 7, you can.


Across the United States, 1,300 assorted pieces of military equipment will go up for auction online through GovPlanet, which secured a six-year contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to move hardware that has piled up over several decades. The next weekly surplus equipment auction will feature 429 pieces of hardware, from 1990s-era Humvees that start at $7,000, to dump trucks and tractors that come in around $15,000, according to National Defense Magazine. There’s even some construction cranes that can be purchased for as little as $20,000.

Most of the equipment is in working order, and many of the vehicles have pretty low mileage. Most items sell for between 8 and 10% of their original purchase cost, but it varies. Humvees that plummeted from a C-130 without a parachute will probably be cheaper.

Related: Watch 3 Army Humvees Burn In After Parachutes Malfunction »

There’s also a random mix of lawn mowers, trailers, forklifts, and piles of tires for sale.

Another auction, exclusively for Humvees, starts on Sept. 13.

In this June 7, 2009 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill)

Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.

Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.

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U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, observe protestors toss Molotov Cocktails over the wall of the Baghdad Embassy Compound in Iraq, Dec. 31, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot)

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The front gate of Dachau (Pixabay/Lapping)

At age 23 in the spring of 1945, Guy Prestia was in the Army fighting his way across southern Germany when his unit walked into hell on earth — the Nazi death camp at Dachau.

"It was terrible. I never saw anything like those camps," said Prestia, 97, who still lives in his hometown of Ellwood City.

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) underway on its own power for the first time while leaving Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia (USA), on April 8, 2017. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni)

Against a blistering 56 mph wind, an F/A-18F Super Hornet laden with fuel roared off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and into the brilliant January sky.

No glitches.

Chalk up another step forward for America's newest and most expensive warship.

The Ford has been at sea since Jan. 16, accompanied by Navy test pilots flying a variety of aircraft. They're taking off and landing on the ship's 5 acre flight deck, taking notes and gathering data that will prove valuable for generations of pilots to come.

The Navy calls it aircraft compatibility testing, and the process marks an important new chapter for a first-in-class ship that has seen its share of challenges.

"We're establishing the launch and recovery capabilities for the history of this class, which is pretty amazing," said Capt. J.J. "Yank" Cummings, the Ford's commanding officer. "The crew is extremely proud, and they recognize the historic context of this."

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