Yanks Air Museum Rescinds Ownership Of Planes
ANN has learned the Yanks Air Museum of Chino, CA and the United
States Government have resolved their differences related to two
F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft that Yanks had previously
As ANN reported, the feds seized the aircraft
in 2007, contending that the aircraft were not properly sold to
Yanks, and otherwise raised national security concerns. The US
Government has increased its scrutiny of such aircraft in recent
years, fearful that parts from surplus Tomcats could be sold on the
black market to Iran... the only remaining operator of the type,
and a state hostile to US interests.
The Jones Day law firm says the settlement will provide Yanks
with additional opportunities to create new, as well as expand and
complete existing displays of historic Naval aircraft through
participation in the Navy's prestigious Museum Loan Program, and
other valuable consideration.
In exchange, however, Yanks will waive further claim to the two
F-14 aircraft of interest.
"Yanks is very pleased with the settlement," stated its lawyer,
Paul Rafferty, from Jones Day. "Although initially the Government
and Yanks did not see eye to eye on this issue, both parties worked
cooperatively for months to find a solution that made sense. Yanks
has done its part to ensure the national security of this great
country, and in the process, improved its relationship with the
Government and Department of the Navy."
Yanks' founder, Charles Nichols, was equally pleased. "We were
obviously quite bothered by the Government's initial handling of
the matter, but I must say, we really met some good folks within
the US Government that do their best to protect the citizens of
this country, and we especially thank the folks at the Navy
Detachment at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group
(AMARG) for their cooperation and hospitality."
"We are pleased to resolve this lawsuit in a cooperative manner
with Yanks," stated Ann Wolf, the Government's counsel. "It is nice
to see a result where the interests of the people of the United
States are served, and at the same time, a reputable museum such as
Yanks is made whole in the process."